Let’s all give a nice round of applause to LoneSpeed’s newest content contributor, Craig Spencer. Soon, Craig will have his own byline here on the website. Just as soon as I can figure out how to do it. Here is Craig’s analysis of the Juvenile Turf. Get busy reading….
Most of the best US talent at this stage of their 2 year-old year are still trying to make a name for themselves on the dirt so they can make a run at the Triple Crown. The European shippers are definitely at an advantage in this race. Not only have they been racing on turf against the best 2 year-olds that Europe has to offer, they are trained over turf in the mornings and are well prepared to handle the lower rate North American talent that they will typically face.
Pedigree information to consider: Sadler’s Wells, El Prado and Danzig have both sired one winner and have been the broodmare sire to one winner. More Than Ready, who was a strong Juvenile Fillies Turf influence sire sired one winner.
Aiden O’Brien has had at least one starter in this race in each of its 10 running’s, after going 0 for 3 in the first 3, he has won 4 of the last 7 renditions. Based on the strength of his stable my selection will be centered on just about anything he sees fit to put on an airplane. O’Brien brings the historically significant G1 Dewhurst third place finisher, Anthony Van Dyck who also finished second in a G1 and won a G2 at the Curragh and is by Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) and out of mare that has thrown a champion sprinter in New Zealand/Australia in Bounding, which begs the question if distance might be an issue for this colt, however he’s already proven to be effective at 7 furlongs, one more furlong probably isn’t out of the question.
As for the North American horses: