Ha!!! Thanks for having my back!!! I mentioned eighth, when it was meant to be quarter. I have since corrected my oversight. Too bad I can't do that, when I pick the wrong horse.
Congrats, Douglas. I do recall your being supportive of the Travers top two a couple of months ago. So much so, I actually thought of you when Keen Ice was motoring down the stretch. Should be a great BC Classic!!!! PS Nice hit, also, on the Superfecta.
Thank you, Jeff. You are a scholar and a gentleman. Always looking forward to your great posts.
My numbers somewhat differ, but when you mention last half, you are actually talking about the last eighth. He wasn't a full second faster at the wire. He won by 3/4 of a length. Nevertheless, I loved Steve McQueen in Papillon, and if you had KI, congrats. Look forward to his next outing.
Wow!!! An octogenarian!!! There had been a many occasion where my selection had gone to the wayside, due to some long shot Lukas entered. I remember the fear over his son, Jeff, clinging to life. What a wonderful recovery. Thanks for your contributions and peace and good health to you, and your family.
My bad. Now that I have researched, and found the Freshman Sires, I have a question for Laurie. I loved Eskendereya when he ran, and was saddened by his retirement from the TC trail when he suffered an injury. Now that he is standing at stud, would his injury history be a detriment to potential buyers? Seems like Holy Bull and his flipped palate, was kind of like the kiss of death, just as an another example.
I love what Majesticperfection accomplished in his short stint as a runner. Won the Vosburgh by handily beating Sprint champ Big Drama. I know that the Ky Oaks winner, Lovely Maria, was his daughter. Not sure if he's a freshman sire, or not.
That's a good comparison, but, I seem to think that they differ, in the fact that one is a mile and a quarter race, and the other is a mile and a half race. Different tactical strategies for two different distances. Nice put-down of Smarty Jones. He did have one less loss than AP, but, despite having one less race, he made $1.7M more than AP. A dollar just don't buy much anymore.
I agree with your assessment. There seemed to be a strategy involved to each grasp the lead, and neither wanted to give it up. Someone mentioned a resemblance to Smarty Jone's Belmont looking similar. The one telling stat, would be that only one horse closed the final quarter under 25(:24.91), and that was Frammento.
To cruise along on a winning streak, as American Pharoah has done, if there is a bump in the road, it is good that it occurred before the BC.
AP ran the first half-mile in :48.30. Since Keen Ice's winning time was 2:01.57, and there was 3/4 of a length to second, we'll say AP's time was 2:01.72. That would mean the closing 3/4 of a mile would be for AP 1:13.42. Keen Ice was roughly seven lengths back at the 3/4 mark, so he would've closed in 1:12.17. Keen Ice made a good kick, but I'm not seeing this burst of acceleration that so many are talking about. And most are basing this on the fractions of the leader, so, there is no relation between the 1/2 mile time and the final time, since AP did not win. But, the good news is, there is another day.
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