Last seen fighting to a tight finish during the GI TVG.com Haskell Invitational S. in nearby New Jersey in mid-July, ‘Rising Star TDN‘Taiba’ (Gunman) and Cyberknife (Gunman) were the top two picks on the morning line for what appeared to be a controversial $1 million GI betPARX Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday afternoon in suburban Philadelphia.
A veteran who has only started four times, Taiba — Zedan Racing Stables’ $1.7 million purchase from the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale last year — won GI. Runhappy Santa Anita Derby in second question, but GI Kentucky Derby is probably too early, too early, as chestnuts can’t do better than 12th. Refreshed for Haskell, he made what appeared to be a victory. won when going down the center of the track, but the Cyberknife running the railroad ruined the group. Coach Bob Baffert, who won the race three times between 2014 and 2018, said all systems should be up and running by the end of this week.
“He likes to stay pure, so that’s fine. He doesn’t like being inside,” Baffert said of Taiba, who drew an 8 hole and is a 5-2 favorite on the light line. “I would rather be five or six, but this will be fine. Cyberknife is a tough horse; they are all good horses here. Million dollar races are not easy; they are not supposed to be easy. As always, you have to break. We had a bit of a hard time on the last trip [Haskell]. I know he’s doing well and we’re ready. “
Cyberknife is pressed to HOLD Runhappy Travers S., finished five lengths better than division leader Epicenter (Not this time) and narrowly ahead Zandon (Start up). He’s one of two in the race for Brad Cox, who will also tighten the ring around GIII Ohio Derby hero and GII Jim Dandy S. third. Port of Tawny (Pioneers of the Nile). Second pick 3-1 in the morning, Cyberknife posted five, while Tawny Port got a seven.
“We’ve been pointing Tawny Harbor to this race since the days of Jim Dandy,” Cox said. “Things are going great for him. Once again, he has to step up to prove that he belongs on this level. With Cyberknife, it’s not so much, coming from Travers and ‘we’ll go to Parx’ way of thinking. I think we can go straight to the Breeders’ Cup. He had a really good breeze last weekend. Over time, it’s not something so fast, it’s the way he does, the way he looks, the way he acts. This is the last swing at Level I about two turns for 3-year-olds. “
Dirty partner, GI Cotillion S., drew a field of nine headed by GI Longines heroine Kentucky Oaks Secret Oath (Arrogate). Competition includes progress ‘Rising star TDN’ housemates Shahama (Munnings) and How refreshing (Start up) and GIII Las Virgenes S. romper Adare Manor trained by Baffert (Uncle Mo).
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