Who's the best 3-year-old in the country? And the city for that matter.
No, it is not War Pass.
No, it is not Pyro.
The best 3-year-old in the land is Eight Belles.
Too bad Eight Belles is a filly.
Or maybe not.
That's what racing needs.
A little sex appeal.
Which reminds me...
After hanging with Maggi Moss last weekend at Oaklawn Park, I became convinced that Ms. Moss should give up her day job...and become Commissioner of Horse Racing.
Actually, she could probably keep her day job (running a coast-to-coast 100-horse stable), and do the commissioner gig in her spare time.
And If any one gives her a hard time in her role as commissioner, just remember she never lost a case in her previous life as a high-profile lawyer/prosecutor. Well, maybe one or two. But who's counting?
Maggi could even become the next Russ Harris. Or, godforbid, the next John Piesen. After wowing the folks at my seminar last Saturday, she gave out a horse. Not her own. And the horse won!
But, that said, Maggi was not even the numero uno female at Oaklawn.
Although my esteemed ex-colleague Mike Watchmaker neglects to include Eight Belles in his Top Ten on Page 2 in the current DRF, this filly is a monster.
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Already, she is in my top six fillies of all time -- right there with Ruffian, Genuine Risk, Cicada, Blushing K D and Azeri. Where exactly in the Top 6, we'll know later.
We'll know more after the Honeybee and Fantasy -- her next two starts.
After that, it's the Kentucky Oaks.
But -- and it's a big but -- the folks down at johnpiesen.com are putting heavy-duty pressure on owner Porter and trainer Jones to forget the Oaks, and go for the Derby. Speaking of the Derby, you need to check out my Prep Program which includes the Kentucky Derby, Click Here.
"But," says Mr. Jones, "she has no graded money to make the Derby."
"Not to worry," I replied. "The Honeybee and Fantasy are graded."
Oh, yes. It was reported on oaklawn.com last Saturday that Eight Belles will have a new rider for the Honeybee and down the road. It will be that Dominguez fellow in New York.
"We need a New York rider," says trainer Jones, "because that's where she is going."
Maybe, just maybe, by the time Eight Belles gets to New York, she'll crack Watchmaker's Top Ten.
And, yes, I did see War Pass run last Sunday. (Memo to a certain major trade magazine: the race was Sunday, not Saturday).
In fact, I watched the race in my office with Maggi Moss and Lynn Whiting, who knows something about Derbys. They were impressed. So was I. But hopefully the Tampa Bay Derby will provide a tougher test.
Hey, forget Tampa. Let War Pass come to Oaklawn, and run against Denis of Cork in the Rebel!
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