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California Horsemen Survey: Will American Pharoah Win?

6/5/2015

Barry Abrams: “American Pharoah, but Materiality and Frosted are horses to worry about.”

A.C. Avila: “I saw him jog on TV and he was jumping, kicking and bucking. When a horse feels like that, it’s a very good sign. I’m afraid of Mubtaahij. Michael de Kock is a super trainer.”

Richard Baltas: “I hope he wins. It would be good for the sport, but I’ve seen too many times when it didn’t happen. It might be Baffert’s turn, though.”

David Bernstein: “If it rains, he’s a cinch. It’s always hard to pick against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.”

Ray Bell: “He’s the best horse with the strongest constitution. We’ll find out. If any horse can beat him, I think it’s Frosted.”

Vann Belvoir: “He looks pretty salty in there. There’s no speed to go with him.”

Jim Cassidy: “He’s got a great shot. I hope he does it, but he’s got everything going against him, the distance, fresh horses, but if Victor (Espinoza) doesn’t get in trouble, I hope he does it.”

Phil D’Amato: “No doubt he’s got a great chance.”

Keith Desormeaux: “I think we’ve all had similar thoughts when there have been Triple Crown possibilities, which has been often in the last 20 years. You’re so excited about it and you want so much to see it happen that you always feel it’s going to be accomplished. I don’t recall ever having the feeling that a horse going for the Triple Crown was going to get beat in the Belmont. I thought California Chrome would do it, Big Brown, War Emblem, Real Quiet. It’s easy to see why they got beat after the race, but I think we’re all fans going into the Belmont.”

Caesar Dominguez: “We’re going to have a Triple Crown winner. It will be good for the jockey, good for the trainer, and good for the owner who spends a lot of money in the sport and deserves a Triple Crown winner.”

Neil Drysdale: “I would think he should do it.”

Ron Ellis: “I have a lot of respect for him, he’s got a great shot, and I hope he does it.”

Paddy Gallagher: “I said this before: American Pharoah floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. Dortmund is like Mike Tyson. There have been others going for the Triple Crown I hoped could win, but it’s not about hope with Pharoah.”

Mark Glatt: “I don’t see anything in there that can beat him.”

Jorge Gutierrez: “I think he’s going to do it. The race sets up nicely for him. My only concern is Frosted. He’s fresh.”

Eoin Harty: “It will be a tough contest but I think he’s up to the task.”

Bruce Headley: “He’s a cinch, a super horse, bigger, better and faster than all of them.”

Jerry Hollendorfer: “I think he can do it. He’s the best horse all right.”

James Kasparoff: “I’m on the fence. There are some fresh horses in there, but if he won, it would be great.”

Craig Lewis: “I’ll say this: American Pharoah is the only horse in the race that can win the Triple Crown.”

Mike Machowsky: “I think American Pharoah will win, but my value play will be a 6-7 (Frosted-Keen Ice) exacta box. American Pharoah will be pretty tough to beat.”

Gary Mandella: “American Pharoah is not a forgone conclusion in my opinion, with three races in five weeks on a very tight schedule. Frosted is a fresh horse.”

Richard Mandella: “This is the year. This is it. American Pharoah looks that good.”

Ron McAnally: “I’ve picked him all the way through and I can’t get off him now.”

Sean McCarthy: “If he has the luck and energy, he’ll win it. He’s the best horse.”

Steve Miyadi: “If it rains, there will be a Triple Crown winner. If it doesn’t, there won’t.”

John Sadler: “A cinch. Everything’s lined up for him. He’s got the speed, a couple of horses got hurt. I don’t think it’s close.”

Gary Stute: “American Pharoah wins rain or shine. Bob deserves it. I watched replays of Real Quiet getting beat the other day. Bob’s paid his dues.”

Eddie Truman: “Absolutely. We’re going to be celebrating, all the stars are aligned.”

Dennis O’Neill: “It’s a two-horse race, Frosted and American Pharoah. If it rains, it’s a one-horse race.”

Hector Palma: “He looks like the best horse, but Materiality could be tough. He had a lot of problems in the Derby. It would be nice for a Mexican to win the Triple Crown. He’ll be a bigger hero than Pancho Villa.”

Jorge Periban: “I love that horse. He’s going to do it. I don’t think anybody will beat him this time.”

Cliff Sise Jr.: “As good as he looks on video, I don’t see how he can get beat. He has a stride I haven’t seen in a long time.”

Tim Yakteen: “American Pharoah, of course. Let’s get lucky.”

Ted H. West: “It’s so tough. It looks like he’s a super horse, but he has to win three races in five weeks. I hope he wins.”

Dan Ward: “I hope he does it.”

Howard Zucker: “I’ve been calling American Pharoah the Triple Crown winner for the last four months. I’m not stopping now.”

 

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