Look to Slumber in Joe Hirsch

2013 Joe Hirsch at Belmont

Big Blue KittenLet’s preview the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational for 3 year olds and up going 11/2 miles with a purse of $600,000. I’m sort of out of my element here because of the distance of this race, but I will try and give you a good preview to it anyway. Just don’t sell the family jewels on my say so here, ok? 😳  This race has two entries in here made up of Claude McGaughey”s  Imagining and Boisterous and then Chad Brown’s Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution and Joe’s Blazing Aaron. The morning line favorite is the Chad Brown entry and I suspect it is Big Blue Kitten that is being rated here. He is starting at 8/5. He has won two Grade 1 races in a row at Monmouth and Saratoga. He loves to run from off the pace as he showed in the last two starts and figures to do so here as well. He will have to have some pace to run at and that is why his stable mate, Joe’s Blazing Aaron, is in the race I suspect, to keep the pace honest. However I believe there will be plenty of pace in here with Little Mike and King Kreesa both showing early foot capabilities.

SlumberThe second choice in the ML is Thomas Albertrani’s Twilight Eclipse set in at 7/2.  This horse ran 2nd behind Big Blue Kitten in his last race and the comment said he was “game” in doing so. The third choice in the morning line is William Mott’s Slumber. This one won his last race, even though it was an optional claiming race at Saratoga. This was his first start in a year and he won it going away. So who do I think will win this stakes? Like I said earlier, you can’t put much stock in what I have to say about 11/2 mile races… but I like Slumber. He is coming off a win that was easy and he had been laid off for a year, so the layoff had to have had some good effects and the optional claiming gave Mott just what he wanted to see. I believe that he will stalk the pace and his fresh legs will get him to the wire first. I believe Twilight Eclipse will be second and Big Blue Kitten third. This is my humble opinion and just so you know, I won’t be betting on this one. Good luck guys and gals!




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