Dick Jerardi contends in a recent piece for the Daily Racing Form that even after dismal finishes in the Kentucky Derby by Goldencents and Vyjack, they are both worth watching this summer—because of “key pace.”
After a 45.33-second half-mile in the Derby, Palace Malice, Verrazano, Goldencents, Vyjack, and Oxbow were in the lead. All faded off the board by the wire, but Oxbow won the Preakness, Palace Malice won the Belmont, and Verrazano won the Pegasus by considerable margins later on.
“Goldencents and Vyjack did not fire in their first races since that Derby pace blew up anything close to it and set it up for a group of horses who have not win since the Derby,” he writes. “But I do have both on my watch list. They deserve another chance. They had no chance in the Derby, just like the winners of those three races.”
That does not necessarily mean, he writes, that he thinks the pair has enough speed to make them memorable after a summer that looks to be packed with performances from 114 Beyer earner Paynter and 115 Beyer runner Fort Larned, and Game On Dude. Instead, the meeting of all these key pace horses will be what makes this year's remaining stakes races good ones.
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