- Lava Man's 8 3/4 length margin of victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup was the widest winning margin in the 66-year history of the race. Though trainer Doug O'Neill conceded that "It was a lackluster field," [DRF] he got the mile and a quarter in 1:59.63 and earned a Beyer of 120, wow! 120? That puts him in exclusive company this year - Ghostzapper's 122 in the Met Mile, Bellamy Road's 120 in the Wood, Commentator 121... and Lava Man 120? It seems like those 120's are getting easier to get, like in the Olympics when one skating pair gets all 5.9's and then everyone starts getting them. I don't know if I'm buying this horse as of yet, are you? Mike Watchmaker in the Form (sub. Only) notes that he adds some depth to the handicap division, as does Surf Cat to the 3 year olds:
Bellamy Road is capable of having a big fall at his home base of New York, but he still does not have a published workout since the Derby.- Delaware Park is introducing the Choose Six next week in which bettors can pick 6 in whichever races they would like. I can't grasp now how this bet would possibly work as far as payoffs or strategies go. Payoffs will be divided evenly among all winners--the return is the same for all combinations--at the conclusion of the day's races. The pool continues to grow if players buy back in. There's also talk of a Group Bet, which will group horses in each race for wagering purposes in an attempt to lure novices. [Bloodhorse]
There is less reason for optimism for other prominent names in the 3-year-old male division. Declan's Moon, last year's champion 2-year-old, is out until at least October. Kentucky Derby upsetter Giacomo is through for the year following surgery after his loss in the Belmont. Derby runner-up Closing Argument has no published workouts since May 16, while Florida Derby winner High Fly has no works since the Preakness. The fast Peter Pan Stakes winner, Oratory, is out for the year at least, if not for good, after recently undergoing surgery.