How much have the Dude's improved since their Florida Derby meeting?
Let's take a brief second to review their year so far...
For 2010, he is 5-1-2-1. Including the place in the Preakness Stakes, and show in the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes.
Game On Dude:
For 2010, he is 5-2-1-0. Including a win in the Lone Star Derby.
If we are going by talent or resume alone, First Dude is a class or two above Game On Dude. The interesting fact that sits on the back of my mind though, is how they finished relatively close to each other in the Florida Derby. That being said, Game On Dude either tired out or stopped running in the Florida Derby. So I am concerned about the distance in the Belmont, but First Dude will be there at the end.
Steve Haskin makes a good case to why Game On Dude has a shot of out performing most of the Belmont field, due to endurance ability in his pedigree. The Belmont definitely has strong ties to pedigree.
How do you think the Dude's will do this time around?
Dude, it's a hunch post by me on the Florida Derby.
Steve Haskin's recent thoughts on the Belmont: