All-Star Mile Turmoil & Coolmore Classic Betting for the Bold Only
Pity the poor All-Star Mile. Three of the 14 starters are now doubtful. As best we know, it is not because they died of old age.
Urban Ruler (5 YO), Material Man (7 YO) and Foundry (9 YO) are the three in doubt. The only one we would unequivocally say might be past his expiration date is Foundry, but the loss of a $151 chance in the $5 million race is hardly a crisis.
Urban Ruler? Well, he was a $201 chance, so he might as well have been Chautauqua and simply stood in the barrier and watched.
Material Man was the sixth horse in the race with a rating of 110 and at $26; he was not necessarily an outsider.
Still, some of the emergencies, Hellova Street ($41) in particular, might get a start in the new race on the calendar that permitted racing fans to vote on which horses would run.
Urban Ruler was displaying signs of lameness when checked by vets on Thursday and will be examined again today. If he is scratched, Le Romain is in as the first emergency. At the moment this is being written, Bet365 gave Le Romain as a $15 chance.
AS things now stand, it is hard to say for certain which will run, or even if they are going to have the race.
Hopefully, all this is just first-time jitters for a new race that is seeking to find footing on a crowded calendar that finds Rosehill and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic as the feature race of the week.
A three-year-olds fillies and mares only race, this one is tough to fathom, as are most races for younger horses. As this writing, punters can imagine trying to pick the Melbourne Cup, but with less form to supply insight.
There are 23 set to jump, With I Am Serious ($5.50) and Jamaican Rain ($7.50) the only two in single figures. Most of the rest are in the teens and the twenties. Whew!