Not as wow as the other races, but I liked Eldaafer in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. Finishing a game 3rd for a horse that is not, not, not a front running pace setter but was oddly made to be in this race. This is a horse that won the BC Marathon for goodness sakes! Not to mention that he even raced (and won big) at the Atlantic City Race last course which is amazing too. Racing for peanuts to going back to run in a big graded race and dispose of the even money favorite that's not bad for a 7-yr old
Worth pointing out and to her credit Rosie Napravnik had one of the best weekends ever in her career. She rode a Belmont Saturday and then flew to Lexington for Keeneland Sunday.
She won two Grade 1 races at Belmont plus a claiming race, then took 2nd in an allowance and finished 5th in a claiming in the last race. Sunday she won an allowance at Keeneland, had 2 4th place finished, and largely due to bumping and heavy traffic finished 10th in two furiously run graded stakes.
Ramon couldn't have been any more patient while sitting on a rocket. The margin of victory isn't that great as he was geared down towards the finish, but did you see how wide he was taken?! Another Chad Brown trainee looking fine.
Noble Tune (now 2 2-0-0 after his maiden win at Saratoga) punched his ticket to the $1 million Juvenile Turf with a visually impressive 2 1/2-length score in Monday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Pilgrim Stakes, a Win and You're In race.