Thanks for the info! Glad to hear AP got all the 1st place votes because he deserves them. I was not saying that Liam's Map and The Pizza Man weren't worthy of being on the list, just that NOBODY should have voted for them over AP.....
That was truly a great performance by Beholder. But what was with Bayern's jockey thinking - :22, :45 ? WTH? You would think he had never been in a mile and a quarter race before!!! Those fractions usually cause a horse to finish right where he did.... One race against the boys does not make her a shoo in to beat a TRIPLE CROWN WINNER though seriously...... My money would still be on AP!
When these people vote, are they only supposed to choose one horse to be the number one? Or do they choose multiple horses, say their top three? If they only get to pick one horse they voted for any horse other than American Pharoah, I think they should have their voting priviledges revoked! If someone seriously put any of the others above him, but especially ones like Liam's Map and The Pizza Man, then they really don't know their stuff and should not be allowed to vote. Period!!!
From a historical stand point I would like to see him run in the Travers. However, only if he is going to run again before the Breeders Cup as I think running twice in August and then not again until the end of October is not a good plan. For myself, I would love for him to run in California as that would be my only possible chance of traveling to see him. Bob has said he won't face older horses before the Breeders Cup though so I guess a race in Cali is out unless they write one for him which I have not heard about any offers.... If I had to choose, I guess I would go the Travers and then the Jockey Club Gold Cup for the historical aspect.
So disappointed in Winstar and Stonestreet! This is a minor injury and he could have a full 4 year old year! I am so tired of 3 year olds being retired when it is not necessary!!! There are enough studs with short careers already at the farms! With American Pharoah I understand if they retire him because of his value and the risk to keep running - although I also suggested to them how amazing he could be as a 4 year old and how great it would be to see him continue running.....!
I don't think you can compare AP to Seattle Slew's loss since that race was only 3 weeks after the Belmont and his trainer made it known that he wasn't ready (so much so that he lost his training job thereafter)..... Nor can it be compared to Secretariat's loss in the Whitney (his second race back) since it was against older horses and in recent years it has been stated that he was actually sick for the race (not known at the time of the race and not stated anywhere after the fact that I read back then). Affirmed's race is the only one I see comparable to this and he won, so....... I don't think anyone is beating AP this year - even the older horses.....
His race after the Belmont was at Arlington and it was mentioned. But it was against a small field and inferior competition so I guess that is why the next race was also mentioned.....
The polls are supposed to be for the calendar year and a horse who is winless in 2015 should not be on the list in my opinion. I know Wise Dan has even been on the list having not raced at all in the calendar year....makes no sense!
California Chrome is a terrific horse and deserves plenty of credit for his accomplishments! It is unfortunate that people are the way they are now days, that they don't stick behind these magnificent animals - a loss and all of a sudden there are all these terrible things said.....not to mention all the second guessing everything one does by all these "internet trainers"..... His ownership has certainly been a negative in my opinion, but a horse can't control who owns him, any more than he can control where he runs or against whom. Nothing that has happened should ever be a reflection on Chrome! I would like to see them let him recuperate and then run him HERE next year since I don't think they are going to get the stallion offers they are looking for anyways. Maybe a year running as an older horse would make the Kentucky farms take notice...? That being said, I suspect he is going to be retired and sold to Japan which is unfortunate in my opinion.
Regardless of what else American Pharoah does the rest of the year, or what ANY other horse does the rest of the year, American Pharoah IS the Horse Of The Year!
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