Monday, March 15, 2010

Rebel Stakes Recap

Rebel Stakes - Recap

Lookin At Lucky
Noble’s Promise

Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.
Also ran: Uh Oh Bango, Cardiff Giant, Pleasant Storm, Royal Express

In any sport a Champion is usually defined not necessarily by dominating his rivals – but just as often from fighting off adversity. When you think of Michael Jordan do you remember him blowing teams out – or him hitting a game winning shot at the buzzer? When remembering Cool Joe Montana – do you visualize his 20 point victories over sub-par teams or his last second, playoff, toss against the Cowboys to an outstretched Tight End in the end zone?

Or maybe what defines a champion is also that rare blend of talent….and, well – luck, as in bad luck often gives you a chance to steal away victory from the jaws of defeat.

Well if luck is what you need – you are quite literally Lookin at Lucky – as you watch the video you’ll see that he gets squeezed between horses coming out of the gate as last place finisher Royal Express charges to a lead that he’ll possess for three quarters of a mile.

At the 1:00 minute mark on the video you’ll see Lookin At Lucky jump in the air as he gets boxed in and almost clips heels with Noble’s Promise and in the process loses a length or more on the pack.

A four horse wall is created coming out of the final turn forcing Lookin At Lucky to go wide in his only attempt to find room for a late charge.

Noble’s Promise (who seemingly had a much easier trip) is barely nosed out in the end by the Lucky one.

*In fact as I watch the replay – it still looks to me like Noble’s Promise beat him – but I trust the photo finish.

Dublin and Uh Oh Bango gave quality outings, but the top two horses are clearly on a different level.

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