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.
A fond and exclusive memory: In 1993, there were separate pools in different states, for there was wrestling with the simulcast revenue(it was the early days of simulcasting). In Kentucky, a local harness track had won the simulcast rights over the horse track. On Arkansas Derby day, there might've been an attendance near 2 thousand. When Rockamundo crossed the finish line at 145-1(Kentucky pool), the eeriest thing was experienced. You could've heard a pin drop. Throughout that entire facility, I don't believe one person had that horse. Not even a favorite number player. At least I had a few woo-hoos when Arcangue won the BC Classic. That's something that'll never happen again.
He rode into our hearts. As far as history, he made his stamp in the sport that can never be taken away. He would unseat perennial jockey champion of Oaklawn Park, Pat Day, who had won, I think, 13 consecutive jockey titles. I remember in 1993, when he would shock the nation with his victory on 108-1 Rockamundo in the Arkansas Derby. He would win 3 Kentucky Derbies in a four year span. A fact that will be hard to duplicate, much less eclipse. To win on 50-1 Mine That Bird was a shocker, and then, to not ride him back in the Preakness Stakes, but ride Rachel Alexandra, who would win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Another fact that might not occur again. To lack an education, but be requested by the Queen of England for a meeting at the White House. Mind-boggling. He accomplished things unheard of, because he believed. He never took the time to ponder the thought that the odds were insurmountable. He just did it. Thank you, Calvin, for your time in the game that I love. You made the entertainment of this game what it is, by your accomplishments.
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