Summer Bird stated his case for being crowned 3-year-old champion while trying to enter the conversation for Horse of the Year with an easier-than-it looked one-length victory over Quality Road in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
Summer Bird has played the underdog's role so well this summer that trainer Tim Ice wouldn't mind if his horse were to be overlooked again Saturday when he runs in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
The 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra's run for history will appropriately begin from post position 3 when she faces seven older males for the first time in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.
The choice for the connections of Asiatic Boy was this: stay home and run against superstar filly Rachel Alexandra in Saturday's $750,000 Woodward Stakes spotting her eight pounds on dirt, or ship cross-country to face Einstein and Colonel John.
That Commentator has made it to a third Whitney Handicap is an amazing feat. That the 8-year-old New York-bred gelding -- who won this race in 2005 and again last year -- comes in as the 8-5 favorite and horse to beat is even more remarkable.
Having parted company with owner Frank Stronach, trainer Danny Vella hopes to enjoy some Breeders' Cup success of his own with the promising Knights Templar, who looms an intriguing contender in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Macho Uno, who was being pointed to Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, was battling colic last Saturday night and his connections may wait a week to run him in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmon