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1919 Sanford

8/13/1919, Saratoga
6 f (Dirt)
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The Lawrend Realization race, taken in the perspective that the mediocre Hoodwink was called in at the last moment after having raced the DAY BEFORE (in order to not have another walkover0 gives insight to the reason a tired unprepared sprinter could get beat by that margin
I think after reading about that idiot replacement starter, it was likely the main cause of Man o'War's single defeat. That starter nearly caused a riot in another race which had to be restarted 40 times over a 1 1/2 hour period. Thiis run of the Sanford was restarted 5 times, I'm thinking the starter didn't want Man o'War to leave early again, thus he made darn sure he didn't. Indeed, it's too bad they hadn't invented the starting gates of today many years sooner. Man o'War was not raced as a 4yo since his owner didn't want to kill him racing, since he was going to have to carry a ridiculous 150 lbs or more. Already gave up to 32 lbs to his opponents as a 3yo, so the more I think about it, I believe Man o'War deserves top honors! Other good points, winning the Lawrence Realization by 100 lengths! Having odds of 1-100, which they certainly don't even allow anymore. Different moments in time, so it'll never be more than an arguement deciding the best ever, which besides Secretariat, it would include Citation and a whole lot of others.
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  • travel_vic · Bingo! someone actually READ what happened as Cassidy was "unavialable" subsequent to an all night birthday party. · 1319 days ago
  • travel_vic · I recall a great line that Shug would often quote: "If you take your horse over there (to the track) they are going to lose some time." Hew would then chuckle, except when your name is Personal Ensign · 1319 days ago

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