Safi Joseph, Todd, Breeders Cup discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast
I told you that safi Joseph junior is going to be part of the show in the second hour of the program. And in safi's case, not only are we going to talk about his horses coming up in the claiming crowd today. But we're going to talk about trying to topple Hall of Fame trainer Todd pletcher, who is in search of a 19th championship meet trainer title. That's just incredible. He has dominated that championship meet. And that notion that safi Joseph junior could take down one of the greatest trainers of all time. On his home turf, so to speak. Might sound like blasphemy to many of you. You remember a couple of weeks ago during our I asked, they answer segment with Dell Romans and Tim wilkin. We debated whether or not it's realistic to think that sappy Joseph junior could be the leading trainer this meet. Even safi recognizes that it's a tall order. But he didn't say he was just going to hand Todd the trophy either. When asked about it he was quoted as saying the championship meet is Todd's meat. Last year we were pretty close, but we didn't have as many horses as we have this year. I think we can give him a run for his money. I love that last line. The confidence of safi Joseph junior, I think we can give him a run for his money. And when we did debate that during I asked the answer, Dale said, you know, there's a chance that he could win more races than Todd. But Todd's going to walk away with the leading money title. Because Todd's going to win the right races. Todd's going to win the big races. So the title will walk away with more money, but sappy can walk away with the leading trainer title. So we'll see if that's possible. I'll talk to SAP about that coming up in the second hour of the program. Safiya remember was 8 wins behind Todd, at last year's championship meet. There are 6 two year old Phillies. Entered into the grade one starlet at Los alamitos later today. Half of those are trained by Bob Baffert. Including the 9 to 5 morning line favorite grace Adler, who looks redeemed herself following that very disappointing and really somewhat head scratching performance in the grade one chandelier last time out and when she finished, just a lackluster 5th as the heavy favorite. And historically speaking, when Bob Baffert has a Philly in the chandelier, that is not good news for the rest of the competition. Bob has settled the winner of that race on 7 occasions. Including each of the last four runnings, and a win today will equal the mark of his good friend dewayne Lucas at the top of the list with 8 starlet victories. So some things on the line historically, for bob and for the competition in that grade one chandelier, post time for today's renewal is three 58 Pacific 6 58 eastern. Speaking of grade one events the cigar milet aqueduct today, that's the featured event on a stellar Saturday program. It's a ten race card. It includes four greatest stakes that go for one for the older Phillies and mares, the remson for the two year old boys, which will play into The Kentucky Derby picture. In case you're wondering, 154 days, 9 hours, 35 minutes and just 44 seconds until the run for the roses on May 7th, 2022. You also have the demoiselle for the two year old Phillies and then that cigar mile for the older males. And again, I'll talk with Dave grin coming up at 8 15 eastern about those races and the developments involving Bob Baffert which came out overnight and the testing of Adina spirit. That's cigar mile. You know, one thing about this cigar mile is traditionally the perfect spot late in the season following the breeders cup for horses who competed in the championship races to return with hopes of putting an exclamation point on their yearlong campaigns. Maybe even on a career, in some cases, this year is no exception. Todd Fletcher is going to send out following C, who comes out of that game third place effort in the breeders cup sprint, and Richard Baltus saddles ginobili, runner up in the breeders cup dirt mile behind the pletcher trained life is good. There have always been two schools of thought when deciding whether to play or play against those horses coming out of big efforts in the breeders cup when they return to action four weeks later. One side, those who are somewhat skeptical, skeptical of betting on those horses, is going to take the approach that horses running in the breeders cup were being trained to peak on that day. And given their best effort, give their best effort on that particular day. On breeders cup day. If they ran well, then it was mission accomplished. They peaked. They ran their big race on breeders cup day. Much like ginobili and following C and it might be a very difficult assignment to put forth another top effort again four weeks later, after peaking at the breeders cup. Plus, by the way, the rivals who did not compete in the breeders cup have a freshness edge. Those who prefer to bet on horses coming from the breeders cup that ran huge. We'll look at it with more rose colored glasses and they'll say, well, they held their own against the best competition in the breeders cup. They have.