A huge weekend of racing lies ahead, and as I go through the weekend cards, I find myself most excited about watching the two-year-old races.
I love seeing the future of the sport unfold. On Saturday, Executiveprivilege is the 4-to-5 morning line favorite in the Del Mar Debutante. She was the first two-year-old filly to catch my eye this year. She has an extremely powerful presence. Watching her races, it is obvious the other fillies can feel her too. We'll see if her dominance continues.
On Sunday at Saratoga, the Spinaway drew seven two-year-old fillies including Teen Pauline, So Many Ways, Dreaming of Julia, and Seasoned Warrior.
The colt races (the Saratoga Special is on Monday and the Del Mar Futurity on Wednesday) haven't drawn yet, but I am really excited to see who shows up in those races.
The West Coast colts I am waiting to see run again include Capo Bastone, Tree of Life, and Know More. In the East, Fortify, Palace Malice, Uncaptured, and Bern Identity are a few of my favorites.
I thought Archwarrior's debut on Thursday was excellent. Here's the video in case you missed it: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/race-replays/USA/SAR/2012/8/30/3/race-3
The three graded stakes for older horses at Saratoga on Saturday should be entertaining, although I am not feeling a ton of betting value.
I think the main story line of the Bernard Baruch will be how Dominus takes to the turf. The talented 4-year-old Smart Strike colt is lone speed. Data Link, one of my personal favorites, will be trying to run him down.
A lot of curiosity in the Forego will center on whether Shackleford and Jackson Bend can rebound to top form, plus the up-and-comers Pacific Ocean and Emcee.
And the Woodward features the returns of Mucho Macho Man and To Honor And Serve. If they both fire their best effort, that could be a good one.