I'm going with a Tapiture/Candy Boy exacta
Thanks for the behind the scenes look at racetrack life! Happy for Allyson that she has gotten this amazing opportunity. Will Take Charge is a terrific horse! Best of luck and safe trip in the Whitney!
Nope didn't partake in another media event trashing racing. But I did read the CHRB investigation that CLEARED Mr Baffert. It is pure speculation that Zenyatta would not have succeeded with anyone else. And it is not known for sure IF she needed to wait that long to start. Mr Sherriffs is very cautious but his way is not the only way so who knows....? The difference between us, is that I don't speculate or make decisions on who is or isn't "dirty" without ALL the facts - which you or I will never be privy to if we are not part of the investigation..... It is also a fact that a trainer can have a "drug positive" simply because a theraputic medication that was given as directed, did not completely clear a horse's system by race day due to the simple fact that not all horses metabolize things at the same rate. The trainer has no way to know that in advance. I do NOT consider that being "dirty" as you may. It is also a FACT that nearly all drug positives are NOT for illegal medications but are a result of my above example. ANY illegal medication use is not okay in my book, but that is the exception and not the rule. However that difference is not explained in the media....
Well said! I do believe also that commenting on websites leads to people say things they may not say in person. But it's actually pretty sad how some take advantage of the anonymity to abuse others....!
I happen to like Bob Baffert a lot. Lukas is actually not on the top of my list, but only because the horses I have followed most closely for quite awhile have not been his. I do not presume to speculate about whether someone I do not know personally is "dirty" as apparently you do. As for Zenyatta, she was a GREAT horse and I do not believe she was a great horse BECAUSE of who trained her, however I do like John Sherriffs a lot.
Why do you just have to throw out a dig about the trainer instead of digesting the heart of the comment...? And that is simply, that most of today's trainers are training the top colts for the breeding shed and THAT is what is hurting racing when our 3 year old stars disappear just when the fans fall in love.....! And where did I state that I "love" Lukas? I just have more respect for trainers that race horses instead of babying them. Your posts are so negative everywhere I see them that I really wonder if you are a fan of racing or not......?
VERY WELL SAID!!! I have stopped participating in some of the blogs because of how some of the "fans" behave when disagreeing about certain horses, etc. I love all the horses but still have my favorites. As a fan, I cannot see putting down ANY horse for ANY reason - even if it doesn't happen to be one of my favorites. We should all love them all in my opinion.
Will Take Charge is not a "throwback". He is of the same bloodlines as all the other top class horses out there today. He is just trained/handled differently, by a trainer who RACES his horses instead of babying them. There are claiming and allowance horses running every day all over this country that are 5-6-7-8 years old, making their 40th-50th starts and more and they are doing just fine. The top trainers of the top colts handle them with kid gloves to get them their grade 1 win so the owners can retire them as soon as possible for the big bucks in the breeding shed......period! And for those "fair weather fans" who jump ship on a horse just because of a loss (or start blaming the trainer for mishandling him) - shame on you. He is a terrific horse but they can't win them all and just because he has not won all his races this year (same with Game On Dude), does not mean he or his trainer should be knocked. We should just be happy he is still racing since it is a rarity now days to see a colt on the track past age 4.
Unfortunaltely that terrible condition can strike any horse - two of my dear friends lost their pleasure horses to it several years back. Sure hope they find a cure soon - and one for colic too!
If Shared Belief were to win say the Haskell, Travers, Pacific Classic, Awesome Again and then beat California Chrome in the Breeders Cup Classic, then yep I would say champion 3 year old colt and maybe even Horse of the Year. Otherwise, nope! While I think Shared Belief could be the better horse (he was my top Derby pick before his injury), the awards are about the resume and at this point there is no comparison.
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