Not at all. Retired too early was the main thing. Had a hard time ranking these guys.
Understand the choice of Beholder, but disagree, as Princess won the battle that was over neutral ground, a race where both were primed to fire their best shot. I think Havana has a shot at the 2yr old Eclipse, but New Years Day was spectacular on the biggest day. I agree with everything else....especially the part about She's a Tiger being screwed out of a BC victory.
Crystal, there were a lot of implications that it was Baffert's fault. I believe their are quite a few variables involved, too many for one man to control. Hence my response. I don't think he should be blamed, but you won't convince those who are against him otherwise. Steve....only thing with New Year's Day is that he only has a maiden to his credit, outside the BCJ. Not sure if that is enough, especially when Havana won the Champagne courageously, and then came back shipped 3k miles to run so well in the Juvenile.
I would agree, manuel. However, a lot of weight is put on the BC. I hope she gets the credit that she was disallowed after the BC.
The DQ has everything to do with the stewards. And when the track has been scraped and packed, and has been said to be hurting horses that run over it, then yes, it can be blamed on the track. Some horses will run through pain, and that causes injury. Its not a safe surface.
He romped against nobody steve. When he faced horses that were just as talented as himself and just as accomplished he lost over that surface. He got caught by Dullahan, and was fourth behind Twirling Candy and Acclamation in the years prior. No horse he has faced this year comes close to what those two were. When he faced First Dude he lost, after having things his way on the front end. When facing horses that are at the same talent level he doesn't win. MMM just showed how easy it was to dispatch of the horses GOD has been facing. He flew over and beat them with ease. You say the pressure shouldn't bother him, yet the one time he faced a similar set up he lost. He is not nearly as good when he is constantly pressured or is trying to pass horses that do not fold easily. He will not be facing cheap speed, nor will he be facing horses that will fold easily at all. He has a track record of not performing up to snuff when he faces horses like those. You say he is the best in the field, he may be the most accomplished, but he is not the best. Again, Mucho Macho Man showed what Dude has been facing when he decimated the same bunch GOD has been facing, in the Awesome Again.
Steve, i believe the only horse to win the Classic of the kind of layoff that Dude will be coing off of is Invasor, and I'm sorry, but he is not Invasor. He is not facing horses that are inferior to him here. He is not facing a field that has speed that will easily fold up after five or six furlongs. He will be facing the most pressure that he has encountered in his entire career. Only simply sprinting 10f would win him this race, and the only horse in modern times, that i have seen do that is Ghostzapper, and is nowhere near what that one was either.
Not normally a bettor Amino, but he went off, i think around 12-1 in the Belmont. I would expect him to have similar odds in the Classic.
Not saying he'll win, but his connections will most likely not pass up the chance to run him back. I do not like him here either. I am just saying he will be a pace influence. He was in the JCGC, going 46 and 1.10 and changed. He and a good few others are capable of that, meaning the pace could very well end up being quicker. As i said, he's not a threat, in my mind to win or even place. But he is a threat to try and wing it on the lead.
Macho Man has the style and loves the dirt, so i would not be surprised to see him get bet down a good bit. Palace Malice will be left alone, and hopefully suprise everyone just like he did in the Belmont. Horse has been as consistent as they come, he just seems to have more than his fair share of bad luck.
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