How the experts see it

May 16, 1998

Even before Coronado's Quest was scratched, the feeling here was that he was definitely beatable.

My top choice is Real Quiet, narrow winner of the Kentucky Derby over Victory Gallup.

Real Quiet is a rugged type, the kind that will give everything every time. He is the type that can overcome a wicked No. 10 post position. The fact that he is ridden by the talented Kent Desormeaux is to the good.

Victory Gallop is my second choice, despite the fact that he is still improving.

Before the Derby he sped five-eighths in 59 seconds in a workout, a sure sign he is still getting good.

Gary Stevens is Victory Gallop's new jockey and it could be a good move because Stevens is hot.

My third pick is the long shot, Black Cash. This lightly raced colt has not done much but he is trained by Patrick Byrne, a whiz who has just been hired by one of the most prestigious stables around.

Black Cash does have an inside post position (two) and jockey Shane Sellers has had a fine career. Black Cash should be able to hold off Hot Wells for the third slot.

Clem Florio, oddsmaker for the Maryland Jockey Club, is a longtime newspaper handicapper.

Pub Date: 5/16/98

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