Arlington: Secretariat Stakes (Group 1), 1m 2f
Today is the day where Highland Reel can pay back – pay back for what I lost on him when being bullish enough before the season to believe he’s the winner of the English 2000 Guineas. He hasn’t quite developed into the superstar I hoped. But he is a very good horse, nonetheless. Runner-up in the French Derby and fair winner of a Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood – he deserves a shot on a Group 1.
Today is the best chance he’ll ever find to win a top level race. The Secretariat Stakes is not a bad race, in fact the field is competitive. But he’s probably the most talented horse in the field – however he’s also on the juice today. What I mean: Lasix!
My stance on lasix is clear. I condemn it. It is performance enhancing. Particularly for those European horses who travel over to the US and are on it for the first time. It can have a major impact on performance.
If Seamie Heffernan keeps things simple and stays out of trouble, I can’t see how Highland Reel can lose this.
Highland Reel @ 7/4 Paddy Power – 10pts Win