JOCKEY Irad Ortiz, jr. says he is impressed by Mubtaahij’s fitness on the eve of the Gr1 Belmont Stakes. He speaks to Richard Migliore about his first ride for Mike de Kock.
See Youtube video here.
Ortiz jr: “My mount is fit…….and will beat American Pharaoh easily and win the Belmont Stakes”
I heard him say that his mount is fit, but where did you pick up the bravado about easily winning the race? I have heard interviews with Mubtaahij’s connections and all have been very respectful of American Pharoah and the other horses in the race. I am excited about Mubtaahij and think he will do well if he runs his best race. Best of luck to all!
I just added the extra quote………Hopefully it comes true
When is Umgiyo schedule to race?
Umgiyo will race over 1800m on turf at Belmont Saturday, Race 12, Rosario up.
It may not mean anything but Mubtahiij’s final gallop was much more impressive than American Pharoah’s.
Also, I saw a still of AP and he definately had some ribs showing. He may be a happy horse but he looks a little light.
As to De Kock he might be thrilled to hit the board but he never expected to Mubtahiij to win the UAE Derby as he did.
Until American Pharoah comes close to accomplishing what AP Indy, Easy Goer, Sunday Silence, and Spectacular Bid after the triple crown series, I’m holding off on the “Super Horse” coronation.
When a good but not great horse like Real Quiet can be beat on a bob and Funny Cide can be beat by four lengths while phenoms like Spectacular Bid and Native Dancer don’t win the Triple Crown, to me the
series is 50% ability and 50% luck.
Alysheba had the misfortune of running in the Belmont before Lasix was permitted, Sunday Silence had to beat the magnificent Easy Goer three times, and Native Dancer, fouled twice in the Derby, won 21 of 22
races in his career.
But Real Quiet was my epiphany. He was beat by a nose in the Belmont, won six races in 20 starts, and came within inches of immortality. Sooner or later, the Triple Crown will be won by a good but not great three year old.
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