It has happened before in the 1945 Manhatten Handicap. The gate for Caribou did not open. The horses were called back and the race was considered a non start. The horses waited and another starting gate was brought up and the race was started again with Devil Diver under Eddie Arcaro winning. There were no refunds on wagers in the first start.
If you don't believe in breeding why make a comment about it. As to performance enhancing drugs in racing, they have been around since the beginning of time. As to the difference in the two races you cite: did you look at the difference in pace. In the Belmont, AP had no challengers on the front end set his own pace, rested when he needed to. The Travers was a totally different race up front with the pace duel that set it up for closers.
That theory of breeding European mares to top American bloodlines has been around for years, courtesy of Keene and ER Bradley, and many others.
Agreed. I wonder too why the print turns bold when this stuff is put on.
I have seen it on other blogs, but not to the extent that it appears here.
To the moderators: is there some way you can get rid of these people who post this spam. Today practically the entire comment section was this drivel.
it is not only the champions that mean so much to us. Many times it is that horse that tries and gives his all every race that owns our heart. I remember the great turf writer, David Alexander, who had seen every great horse from Regret to Secretariat, explained why he felt Kelso was the greatest he had seen: "If I were asked to state my reasons...I wouldn't throw statistics at you. I would tell you that he's done more things better over a longer time. Or, maybe I'd just say it is because I love him. For after all it's not the pedigrees or performances...it's the effect that horses have on a human being."
Good to see you back posting. Take care.
The other problem is our horses stay at the track. Years ago they would be sent to the farm for several months to be turned out and just be horses. This practice changed when you had OTBs in the 70's and had winter racing. Previously NY stopped racing at Aqueduct on Dec. 22 with the Display Handicap and didn't open to spring. Most horses started back in Florida in March. This is one of the reasons so many horses had long careers and frequent starts. Of course they also didn't have all of the race day meds, like Lasix either.
If you are talking about the TC it is only open to three yr olds. If you are talking about the Handicap TC, the answer yes, with Devil Diver,
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