Always Dreaming has a chance to win the Triple Crown this year, his dam was actually a decent race horse, Above Perfection mainly raced in California and was a great sprinter. Her dam Something Perfect never made it to the races, and the sire Bodemeister retired after 6 starts. After winning the Arkansas Derby he went onto the Kentucky Derby and got beat by I’ll Have Another-it was the same result in the Preakness that year. Bodemeister was bred by a Storm Cat mare Untouched Talent who in her own right was very talented. The Preakness won’t be the problem for Always Dreaming because on the mare side he was bred for speed, it’s going to be the Belmont Stakes where he might find Big Sandy difficult. There are no siblings that have that in their pedigree so this will be uncharted grounds stretching out. This field of 3 year-olds are very common, usually after the Derby trainers will give their horse time off and look ahead to some other smaller stake races in the summer. Always Dreaming is defiant in the way he trains, he’s very hard to control in the morning, he’s a handful to put it mildly. Though Todd Pletcher has been there before and he’s in good hands with Johnny V were still not convinced he can get the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes will have fresh horses, many will skip the Preakness and concentrate on the last leg. It’s the only time in their life that they will go this 1 1/2 miles. The purse for this years Belmont is 1.5 million with 800,000 going to the winner, super horse Epicharis the best 3 year-old in Japan has committed to this years Belmont Stakes. June 10th 2017 will have a new cast of characters no doubt and though thoroughbred fans will be rooting for Always Dreaming we don’t think it’s in the cards this year for a Triple Crown Champion.
This year’s Kentucky Derby had a solid group of horses but as the weeks rolled by the talk of the town was Always Dreaming. His workouts were eye grabbing, when he jogged passed the wire people were taking notice. Everyone knew Classic Empire had ability but was he in the right frame of mind, his temper and not wanting to train gave the bettors other avenues and Always Dreaming was starting to do everything right. This crop will likely get better with age and there are numerous three year old’s that could end up facing each other in the Travers and other stake races this summer. The name alone gives you hope, we are all Always Dreaming of winning the Kentucky Derby and this year Todd and Johnny V’s dream came true.