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Where Have All the Horses Gone?

They ran the Jim Dandy at Saratoga, and then the Haskell at Monmouth Park was scheduled for the next day. But as you Americans put it: Ho hum. Something called A Little Warm won the Jim Dandy, and the world remained on its axis. A Little Warm is not exactly an unknown, but the only household where he's a household name is his own...
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The venue doesn't matter if the conditions are the same. It does matter if the conditions are different. A-Rod hitting bombs in NY would be different from Idaho if the fence was closer or he used an aluminum bat in Idaho. The surface a horse runs on makes a difference. Running on poly is different from running on dirt, especially for a closer. Unfortunately for Zenyatta and her fans, the fact she essentially never leaves the poly will always hang over her head. I'm not saying that's fair but it is what it is. There is very little respect in the racing community for that surface. Because of that now, her connections have put all the pressure in the world on her in the Classic this year. If Rachel or Quality run & lose, it won't affect the perception of their lifetime records. If Zenyatta runs & loses her legacy will be tarnished for alot of people. She could've just had an off day & would've lost on any surface, but unfortunately that is the position she has been put in.
Too much is made of WHERE a horse runs rather than just HOW the horse runs. The idiots of the newspapers, who are baseball EXPERTS on Monday, Track and Field EXPERTS on Wednesday etc. are the ones writing this tripe. THE HORSE RUNS and that is it. It is akin to saying that if Alex Rodriguez were batting in Pocatello Idaho he would be something less than the Alex Rodriguez who bats in Yankee Stadium. SAME PLAYER, just a different venue. Horses run to THEIR ability and form cycle NOTHING else counts

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