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Churchill Downs notes: Golden Soul eyes Belmont Stakes
By Marty McGee
While his former boss, trainer D. Wayne Lukas, and other colleagues make plans for Pimlico, trainer Dallas Stewart is enjoying the afterglow of a Derby in which he saddled the longshot runner-up, Golden Soul.
Stewart said he was “as proud as can be” of the way Golden Soul closed in the final quarter-mile to outfinish Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion, and Mylute for the $400,000 second-place prize.
“Nobody was going to beat the winner [Orb], not the way he ran,” Stewart said. “For a horse who wasn’t even supposed to make the race, we had a pretty good result.”
With just 14 points in the new system governing Derby eligibility, Golden Soul needed several defections to make the lineup. Stewart said the colt’s running style, combined with the extra three weeks of rest, could make him a threat in the Belmont Stakes. Stewart quickly ruled out the Preakness.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” he said. “Let’s see how he comes out of it, how he trains over the next few weeks. But, yeah, if everything’s good, I’m sure we’ll consider the Belmont. You’d have to, considering how big he ran.”
Lukas barn targets Pimlico stakes
Aside from Oxbow, Will Take Charge, and Titletown Five, Lukas is taking at least a few more horses to Pimlico for Preakness weekend.
The Hall of Fame trainer said Optimizer (second to Wise Dan in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic) would wheel back in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes, Laurie’s Rocket (third in the Churchill Downs) will run in the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint, and Broken Spell (third in the Edgewood) goes in the Hilltop Stakes.
Chestnut and dark around the eyes and nose....a clear descendant of Secretariat. He looks so much like him. Even the blaze is similar. I missed this guy pre-Derby. Somehow he flew under my radar. Wish I had seen a pic of him before the race. That alone would have grabbed my attention. His pedigree would have cinched it for me. I agree that he could be a late bloomer. Anxious to see how he goes in the Belmont.
Four of the Five finishers were LAST at the half. so the Preakness bodes well for Normandy Invasion who was wide as stalked, had clear lead at mile pole until the back of the pack found room.
Golden Soul finish 2nd in the mud in Churchill LAST YEAR. It pays to read the Daily Racing Form! $981 exactor!
Golden Soul appears to be a late bloomer. His prior race against Revolutionary clearly should have opened the eyes of many. That and the fact that he was one of the top four horses with the highest dosage profile clearly made him playable. Had anyone played the horses with the top four profiles, you would have had that $57 thousand dollar super. And just in case most of you don't know, he is also a great grandson of Secretariat.
He's old school!! What else can you say!! Don't bet his horses at your own risk!!
D. Wayne insane in the membrane.
Lukas is trying to optimize his profits
I'd love to see what Optimizer could do with a trainer who actually cared about him. Mott or Shug would make Optimizer a champion on turf.
No wonder why so many horses r breaking down. Come on Lucas give the horses a break! None of them r gonna win the races they r entered in. What a disgrace u have become!
So Optimizer goes here then in the Manhatten at Belmont. I wonder if any horse has ever competed in the Triple Crown schedule (3 races in 5 weeks and 3 different tracks the same as the Triple Crown) back to back years. Obviously not the same races but you should see where I'm going with this. Gotta love old DWL and Calumet.
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