, you are a fantastic trainer, and I have the
utmost respect for your abilities. However, one must understand that when you
are of such standing, you simply cannot make such ludicrous, such whining
statements as claiming “East Coast Bias,” during an NTRA national teleconference, with nothing to back it up.
Just last year Amazombie
took home Eclipse
Awards. Acclamation was nominated for two Eclipse awards, mind you, and lost
out on the turf to the European invader, Cape Blanco
. The year before, Zenyatta
Lookin at Lucky
, and Blind Luck
accounted for four Eclipse Awards, including
Horse of the year. 2009, Lookin at Lucky and Zenyatta
brought home Eclipse awards. That is not a bias.
This year, there is a very good likelihood of California
again bringing home multiple Eclipse Awards. It is almost a given that I’ll
is going to take, at least, the three year old championships. He
is also the current leader for many, in the race for Horse of the Year. There
is also no denying the strength of that particular division was in California.
, Creative Cause
, and Paynter
also having strong support this
year how can you claim that there is a bias?
In the older male division, the East does look stronger in numbers. However, the top older male for many is Game on Dude
. If I’m not mistaken, he
is also based out west. There is one other horse that can compete with him, as
of now, and that horse has run all over the USA. His name is Ron the Greek
by the way, he has a win in the Santa Anita Handicap. So, your number one and
two in the older male division have both won major grade one
races in California.
Now, with the way this is going, you could claim Baffert
biased, I suppose. However, that also would be put straight to bed with the
example of Amazombie. Amazombie is the reigning
champion sprinter in the country. Again, he is also on the West Coast, and as
of now he is still the leader of his division.
You claim that the lack of respect that your filly, Include Me
, receives is due to East Coast Bias…. you should know better. That division
is strongest in the east, and it’s not even close. Royal Delta
, It’s Tricky
, My Miss Aurelia
, and Awesome Feather
all reside in the east. Earlier
in the year, the east also had Havre de Grace
and Awesome Maria
. Right there
you have a Horse of the Year and three champions, surrounded by two multiple
grade one winners. No filly or mare in the West has a resume that can even come close to that.
In recent years, the facts have proven that the “East Coast
Bias,” you call out, does not exist. Making absurd claims when the facts are so
definitely against you does not become a person of your stature. You want your
mare to gain respect then you had better hope she wins and wins by a country mile
in the Ladies Classic
. You want talk the talk, fine. Now, you had better be
prepared to back it up.