It was a GREAT decision, but unfortunate that it had to be done because today's voters have not educated themselves as to what they were supposed to be voting for in the first place. The "older male and female" awards were always intended for dirt horses since the beginning of the awards.
I still use dosage as a guide myself. I have not settled on a certain favorite as of yet, but I am not sure eliminating contenders based on who the damsire is or the fact that a sire had injuries is a good plan..... I too have reservations about the distance capability of American Pharoah but I will make my final judgement after seeing how he returns.
I am completely disappointed with the points system for the very reason you stated - the "win and you're in" that results from the disparity in points assigned to the later races. I feel they should have increased the points for a win by maybe 5 or 10 points when moving into the next "category", instead of going from 10 points to 50 and then 100!
Great article! Thanks so much! True that most fans never get the "behind the scenes" look so I am thrilled to hear the details of his horsenality. And wow, he looks huge in that picture! I knew he was tall but seeing him like that, wow!
Best of luck to you in this great sport! It is wonderful hearing young people talk about the love of horses and racing! Now we just need to get back into the public eye so more people can fall in love with the game and ensure it's future!
While my favorite is still Shared Belief, I would not be at all surprised to see Hopper win and in fact, I may place a bet on him. I think he has grown and matured into a beast of a horse and I expect big things from him this year. LOVED his sire and if we all remember, few thought Saturday could beat Curlin and Hard Spun in the Haskell but he blew them both away! It will be an exciting race!!!
Would love to see a grey win the Derby again - just wish he had a better name! Would be nice to see the Zayat's get a win after all their seconds - must be very frustrating!
Thanks for the info! I may order one as well. :-)
That was my first introduction to Seabiscuit as a kid many years ago. I wonder if that book is still in print?
If the trainers of today knew something the old trainers did not, I would guess we would have had a triple crown winner by one of them...... I for one love the idea of starting the year at 7 furlongs. Best wishes for the triple crown to Texas Red and his connections!
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