I was very impressed with Honor Code's win. It didn't look like he could get there regardless of the company he was in against......
In all fairness, you can't say I'll Have Another "wasn't that kind" since he didn't get the opportunity. I personally think he would have won the Belmont and therefore, the Triple Crown.
Today's horses run plenty - except the top echelon stakes colts who are often lucky to retire with 10 or 15 starts. But like I have been saying, if the claimers at the tracks all over the country can run so many more times, so could the top stakes horses. But they are worth more in the breeding shed so they disappear as soon as they have made a name for themselves.....
No reply was needed or requested...you don't have to like my opinion or agree with it.
I would make NO sense for Chrome to "deserve" HOTY but not be deserving of Champion 3 year old.....!
Laura, love the horse but I don't care for the connections and make no secret of it. However, the people I saw posting negativity about going to Japan was mostly related to the fact that in the same article it mentioned the possibility of him going to stud in Japan (as well as the nearly 2 million dollar purse vs a few hundred thousand anywhere here...). That triggered a lot of comments on greed because they have professed to love this horse and if they are willing to sell him off because they don't think the American offers are enough - there is the greed..... You either love the horse and want to keep him here - or you take the money.... As far as running on the grass, that goes back to seeing what he can do that will raise the offers from overseas, but I am happy that they are not throwing him into a Gr 1 grass race never having tried it before. Where the Hollywood Derby is concerned, I think it is taking the easy way out. I believe he is in good form from what we can tell and 3rd off the layoff should be good, so why not go to the Clark or even the Cigar Mile? Churchill didn't treat the little divas well enough so that's why the Clark is out - not sure why not the Cigar..... At any rate, I love to see horses continue their year after the BC, but in this case, I don't care if he runs or not. The owners are just trying to stay in the spotlight as much as possible (another site has had 4 articles with them making "statements" in just the past 2 weeks) and they have gotten on my last nerve.
Goldencents for Champion Male Sprinter and Champion Older Male!
Do you have a vote Brian? I do not think Chrome is the best 3 year old, however I strongly believe the Triple Crown races should outweigh the Breeder's Cup therefore he should win Champion 3 year old. Off the subject, but I also think Goldencents should be Champion Male Sprinter with consideration also to Champion Older Male.... :-)
Older female and Older male do typically go to dirt horses since there is already a TURF horse category. Since you think that, why did you pick turf horses instead? I say Goldencents for Champion Male Sprinter over Work All Week. Goldie also won a BC race and another Grade 1--setting a new track record doing so. He also had several CLOSE seconds which was his worst finish for the year. I would consider him for older male also - although I think Palace Malice may have a slight edge. Close Hatches should be Older Female. I agree with your other choices.
You are full of it!
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