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Belmont Park: Two Breeders' Cup options for The Lumber Guy
Though he earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint by virtue of his victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh, The Lumber Guy is being considered for both the $1.5 million Sprint and the $1 million Dirt Mile, trainer Mike Hushion said.
Hushion said he and owner Barry Schwartz would size up the competition for both races before making a definitive decision.
The Lumber Guy is 4 for 5 in one-turn races, his only loss coming in the Peter Pan at 1 1/8 miles. Obviously, the purse of the Sprint being 50 percent greater is attractive, but that race features defending sprint champion Amazombie on his home course.
Conversely, there does not appear to be a standout in the Dirt Mile, but that race is run around two turns this year.
“I guess the Mile would enhance his value as a stallion, but he’s already proven he can go a mile in the Jerome,” Hushion said.
Jersey Town will be among the favorites in the Dirt Mile after his 3 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 Kelso. That was his first win since the 2010 Cigar Mile.
He belongs in the Sprint. That was a nice professional victory the other day. Stalked the pace, pounced and easily held the big closer safe.
The Lumber Guy is meant to go, and go fast. The versatility he showed in the Vosburgh by coming a bit off the pace was nice to see, but it doesn't seem indicative of his preferred style. The last thing he needs is to be battling Shackleford for the lead around 2 turns in the Dirt Mile. 1 turn in the Sprint, however, on that fast Santa Anita track and I'd give him a legit shot...
Im pretty sure that no horse who has ever even as much as ran in the BC Dirt Mile has won an Eclipe Award.
He' bred to sprint... Grand Slam. And runs best in sprints. Plenty of pace to close on. The mile is not for him.
Caleb's posse was the same. Ran great at short distances and duds in routes just like the Lumber guy. Like Calebs Posse, it's not like he hasn't run long beforehand. He just hasn't run that well going long. Lumber guy has already won at a mile to boot. He has a far more likely chance of getting a piece of the Mile than he does in the sprint, where Amazombie, Roman Threat, and Emcee are expected to dominate. The Dirt Mile looks far weaker. THe likely favorite looks like Shackleford, who's gonna be far from a heavy favorite.
There is no way this owner and trainer are that stupid if he goes in the mile he will run last. Everyone knows the mile is for turnbacks, the turnbacks have won every single running and will again, any horse stretching out to mile will get swallowed. He must run in the sprint and the BC needs to dump the mile its silly.
Dirt Mile... Where else?
This is an example of why I don't like the Dirt Mile. It takes away from the Sprint and sometimes Classic
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