It's too late. I would still sing the song for her. Whatever happened to her since her moment is her own doing. And, I wouldn't be dissuaded by what is written. Positive thoughts and intent will always be the rule.
Also, when mentioning last year, it was the slowest time in something like 62 years. Tale of Verve had a run where he never finished better than 6th following that race.
MO TOM(has encountered problems the last three races. This is to reward with an unscathed trip) DESTIN(Pletcher Triple Crown curse) GUN RUNNER(Louisiana Derby curse)
We'll agree to disagree. Not too strong on speed ratings. As for the Wood, I agree it's losing its luster, but, off the top of my head, I thought Go For Gin and Funny Cide did their best to keep the integrity of the race intact. Nevertheless, maybe our picks will finish in a dead heat. Good luck.
The mention of Outwork barely beating a maiden, also take into consideration that it was on a "muddy" sealed track, and it was a $1 million Grade I race. As far as Brody's Cause just didn't like the Tampa surface, I would also give him that race with a line through it, but, I have never been able to interpret the past performances as "apparently not liking the surface". It could also mean that problem(s) occurred during the race that may have not been documented by the Racing Secretary? Going back to the track-record breaking performance, if a horse sets a track record at a track that has been established for a number of years, I pay attention, when you think of all other horses that may have come before him, that didn't run as fast. If you see a list of horses that ran at that track, then it would enlarge the effort that Destin put forth. Probably doesn't mean a thing, but I just thought I'd share it with the Nation.
Thank you for the information, Laurie. In-depth and captivating from start to end. Equal kudos to the Nation's contributing readers. Awesome read.
Sets a track record to move on to Churchill. Two Tampa Derby opponents go on to win Grade I's(Outwork in the Wood Memorial and Brody's Cause in the Blue Grass), giving the Tampa Bay Derby some rare, worthy consideration for the Kentucky Derby.
Your post the other day stated that Arkansas Derby winners as closers were a rarity mentioning Temperence Hill and No Le Hace(among others) as exceptions to your rule. A couple of others that were overlooked: Concern and Sir Cherokee. And, then there was Creator.
I don't know if his temperament would be like Coronado's Quest, but Silver Charm was stubborn if another horse looked him in the eye in the stretch. He had a dislike for Captain Bodgit when he ran up to him in the Kentucky Derby. I believe David Hofmans was the trainer for Touch of Gold(who would beat Silver Charm in the Belmont). When asked of his strategy to beat Silver Charm in the Belmont, he mentioned that when his horse came into the stretch, he would instruct the jockey to go wide, to avoid tripping Silver Charm's disdain for being looked in the eye.
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