As Bill B said, the "tight turns" at Pimlico is in FACT a myth. It has even been shown on tv when Pimlico's track is superimposed over Churchill, they are identical. There is a different in the way the turns are banked at Pimlico in addition to the track there not being as wide, but the turns themselves are the SAME. The surface at Pimlico is also known for being hard which is why the horses ship in late from the Derby and ship out quickly after the Preakness.
Just because Pletcher seems to have trouble training a horse to win a Classic race is NO reason to change history. He needs to change his training program and then maybe he will win another Derby.....and if he actually RAN horses in the Preakness he may win one!
If you watched all the pre-race info you would have heard Bob tell what happened to Dortmund BEFORE the race. I saw it but still expected him to run second. If Bob did not think he was up to it he would have scratched him as he has done with MANY others in the past (Hoppertunity in last years Derby and American Pharoah in last years Breeders Cup to name a couple off the top of my head). Just because YOU didn't hear the info is no reason to make such an accusation!
The race is shorter and the tracks themselves are almost identical in shape etc - when the track configurations are laid one on top of the other.....
AP has speed and the Preakness is shorter so his stamina in not in question.....
Thrilled that Madefromlucky won this race! I was bummed that he had the Derby points but Todd didn't run him - although I never thought he could be American Pharoah.... I would not run him in the Belmont as I don't see him having the pedigree for it although - I LOVE THIS HORSE!
So happy she will be back - I thought I heard she was retired! Best of luck and a safe trip!
How is this list compiled? It makes no sense to me how two horses that have NEVER even raced (Jess and Coz) can be listed as 31 and 32....??? I mean, I cannot wait until they race, but they have no business being on the Derby list barely over a month until the race without a single start for either of them!!
Didn't know he had run recently....bummer that he ran so poorly! I really liked him on the Derby trail... Best wishes that he returns to his former self! Stay safe!!!
Congratulations to the connections! Love Secret Circle! He always tries hard and I always bet on him!!! He should be getting lots of glory as the only American winner on the new dirt track!
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