Brian’s Derby Preps: The Vinery Spiral

For those who have been following/engaging in the conversation about how to fund Thoroughbred retirement, you might find interesting a comment left by Rick Violette, head of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, on Jessica’s Chapel’s site, where a similar conversation to the one here has been taking place.

Today is Dubai World Cup day, and Raceday 360 has prepared previews of each of the races on today’s card.  Check it out, and please don’t make fun of my picks in the Al Quoz Sprint.

Now on to Brian’s preview…

Turfway Park: The Grade III, $500,000 Spiral at 1 1/8 miles

gets back to Polytrack and 9 furlongs, the surface and distance over which he rolled to a decisive maiden win last fall at Keeneland, and he came back running in his seasonal bow in a 1-mile turf allowance at Gulfstream Park; should build off that run as it’s probable that he’s been pointing to this race all winter. POSITIVE RESPONSE ran off with the Battaglia, the local prep, in wire-to-wire fashion and seems versatile enough to run on or just off the early pace; clearly the horse to beat but value lies elsewhere. KING CONGIE has drifted badly in the stretch of his last two on turf so you have to wonder if 9 furlongs is stretching him a bit thin, but he does have a running style that should play well in here; would be no surprise.

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