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Throughout the week, I have maintained my top three contenders. While there can be faults found with them, they fit my criteria.
Orb is my top selection and truly the horse of this group that meets all of my demands. He has won multiple races this year, including a major stakes race on dirt.
He has the pedigree to excel at longer distances, even over an off track. He has been expertly developed by his trainer Shug McGaughey, and while his juvenile season was not wildly successful, he gained valuable experience in those starts.
Like Orb, Revolutionary did take several attempts to break his maiden, but once he figured it out, he has been a force to be reckoned with. He has gotten bumped around, had bad breaks and has proven he can overcome them.
In addition, he is a multiple stakes winner with strong Beyer Speed Figures and is bred to love an off track and additional distance. He is the one horse who I wouldn't be surprised to see win.
And finally, a long shot in Oxbow. Though he does not lack in experience with nine starts under his belt, his career has not been remarkable. Yet he somehow managed to abide by my rules.
He passed every criteria, and though his post position is not ideal, he may have finally gotten a little racing luck with the scratch of Black Onyx.