I haven't met many that are directly related to horse racing, but, I did meet Neil Howard at Saratoga. He's a class act. I'll be rooting for him, if this is his only chance. That's it!!! Pulling for the Class Leader, of a class act.
Thanks for the feedback, tmallios & goblin. That article pretty much hit the nail on the head, regarding my question. Seems like in years' past, that jockeys, or agents, have been poor judges of what horse would be the best option. As recently as last year, I remember John Velazquez choosing not to ride Orb back. Pat Day had a few that was bad decisions. I think Alysheba and Unbridled were both his, some time before the Derby. If I'm not mistaken, I think HRN had addressed this topic beforehand. Anyhow, thanks for the info.
My question(s) involve the jockeys: 1)What do you make of Calvin Borel getting off of Ride On Curlin, after five mounts, to ride Street Strategy, who has only two outs(both under Borel). Did ROC's trainer opt for Desormeaux, thus kicking Borel off of this potential Derby-bound colt? 2)How did John Sadler(Kobe's Back's trainer), based in California, hook up with Jose Lezcano(based in Florida), to ride Kobe's back in Arkansas(Regular rider Rosario opts for Strong Mandate)? Since Martin Garcia is staying in California to ride Baffert's Fiftyshadesofhay, would Mike Smith be the answer for Hoppertunity? Jockeys are jockeying for position to get to the Derby. Any of these moves have any substance to them? Or, are they just blowin' in the wind?
In regards to your historical facts. You mentioned that only two had run sub-1:34 miles. Didn't Dr. Fager have the world record for a mile? He was listed as one of the horses that had won graded races at a mile, and a mile and a half. You didn't mention Easy Goer. He won the Belmont, and a 1:32.40 Gotham mile. Lastly, Palace Malice ran a 1:33.80 mile. Normandy Invasion ran a 1:33.13 mile some 2 weeks earlier. Get ready for the Invasion!!!!!
I wasn't too impressed with the NY cowboy named Cox(I think). He bet's $100 to show on three horses in a six-horse field, hoping for the favorite to run out, which he did. But, if you're in a handicapping contest, I can't latch on to someone betting to Show, in hopes of winning the contest.
Ashley, it is a good list. My apologies for whatever rant I was on. Don't know what significance my earlier post had, but, please disregard. Your list is right-on. Keep an eye open for Normandy Invasion, though. I was high high on him in last year's Derby(which would be his last race of 2013), and thought he briefly had it, at the top of the turn. Set a Gulfstream track record at a mile in his first out this year.
Was it just coincidental that Game On Dude just ran this past weekend? Think if a poll were taken so close in proximity to a great performance, that there would be any different outcome? Kinda like having a poll for the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century. The winner? Michael Jordan. All that, despite the fact that an athlete in the early part of the century excelled in football, baseball, and international track meets, and was not considered the greatest athlete of the century? By the way, for those that might not know, I am referring to Jim Thorpe. But, having a poll ranging over a period of time, most likely the winner will be closest to the time of the poll. Kinda like the Eclipse Awards, and the Breeders' Cup. But, I'm looking forward to the full blown unveiling of Normandy Invasion on the national level. When will the next poll be?
Thanks, Brian. I appreciate your acknowledgement. Looking forward to your next Eighth Pole To The Wire.
To further add to Laz's earlier post, what Game On Dude accomplished is great, but the fact that not one, two, three, four, but five horses in this field of eight, all ran the mile and a quarter distance under 2 minutes flat, speaks volumes for the biased track.
Normandy Invasion. But, based on what Laz said, there might be something to the "lightning" quick times at Gulfstream and Santa Anita. Until they run somewhere else, it might be an illusion, the numbers that are being produced.
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