After filming and editing That Handicapping Show for about two months now, I have heard the name Kensei mentioned twice in different shows. The name Kensei was pretty interesting and what Jason, Tom, Evan, Les or any of the other TwinSpires gang would say, has finally caught my attention.
As I watched the Jim Dandy this year, which Pyro finished second in last year, I knew it was time to follow this horse. I am now a big fan of Kensei and will be looking for him in the Breeders' Cup.
While mentioning the Breeders' Cup, other horses that I am sure you are aware of that I am rooting on; Presious Passion, Quality Road, Colonel John, Asiatic Boy, Fatal Bullet, Game Face, Forever Together and Giant Oak (if Giant Oak gets his act together =) )
Jim Dandy race replay:
I also have to mention Gio Ponti. Gio Ponti is on fire. I remember the first time Evan Hammonds mentioned him to me and later in a episode of That Handicapping Show, I thought the name was odd, but his stats were loud. Lifetime 14-9-2-0, with this year being 5-4-0-0 and those four wins being consecutive.
It is great to watch him be successful and I want him to do well in the Breeders' Cup.
I am not sure if he will be going or not though. I can' think of a reason not to have him run, with turf being the key and synthetics proving to be advantageous for turf favoring horses, it should work.
Jason Shandler asked Christophe Clement about Gio Ponti:
JS: And he's proven not only on turf, but on synthetics surfaces...
CC: Right, which is why we have to consider him for the Breeders' Cup Classic. It's one of four races we are considering. There is the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Mile on turf, the (Dirt) Mile, or the Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 1/2 miles. We have not made a decision yet; we have plenty of time to decide.
Gio Ponti also recieves a shout out from And They're Off, which just released its first episode in the new season. To honor that, I will embed it here for you. That Handicapping Show for this week also gives GP a shout out.