Wouldn't it be great for horseracing if this guy could come back to form at 8 years old and compete in the bc mile?
Looks like perhaps another victim of "Big Sandy," some never run the same again.
looks like he turned out to be a pretty good sire. i wonder what his stud fee will rise too?
he is certainly in my top 5
nice article mary, keep it up
very good info. Id have to say that I admire the decision.
I missed how the legacy could be marred by Shame? Your Quote
"Only one question remains at this point; Will that legacy be marred by broken promises, mistrust, damaged friendships, and shame?" I dont get this, sounds like the author is just hating???
This info is hindsight not handicapping.
First off let me say I think Shutty has a good handicapping screener for
the derby, but this info has some problems.
This pacing info is how the horses ran in the Derby, not what their running
style was in the preps prior to the big dance.
So if you handicapped using the pace info you would have got different
info. Example Paddy-O Prado was never more than 2 ½ lengths from the lead in
his preps, one would never have used him as a “deep closer”, same with Mucho
Macho Man, he was most certainly a front runner prior to the Derby, as was Went
The Day Well, all liked the lead or to be within a length or 2. I mean who would have thought Palace Malice
would decided to become a Wire type on derby day, he was a presser before the
derby! In 2009 I would have hardly classified
Papa Clem or Mind That bird as Deep closers, more like pressers, and Pioneer of
the Nile was certainly a front runner.
The list goes on. I think
sometimes in the derby the best horses get bad trips and have to maneuver through
traffic and often have to come from behind, which makes them appear as closers.
No, his biggest plus is he has the "IT" factor. He can get past by a horse (firing line) in the stretch, look him in the eye, and retake the lead on pure grit, not because Firing Line was slowing down. That cant be trained, taught, or bred into horses, they either got "IT" or like most they dont!
Actually these 2 along with Carpe Diem, could come down to the best trip and/or post position.
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