I agree 100%. Whether a horse gets injured says nothing about how good(or bad) they could have potentially been in the future. BCJ winners almost never win the Derby. The Wood has had plenty of great horses in recent years such as Eskendereya, Uncle Mo and Frosted. A race shouldn't be punished for a horse like Outwork getting hurt. Who knows how good he could have been if he'd stayed healthy?
But they didn't change the Derby points? So this wouldn't change the practicality of that strategy. There are stlll quite a few elite trainers who winter at Aqueduct(KM and Pletcher)
Here's the thing just because a horse retires early doesn't inherently mean they were of a lessee quality. Eskeredeya was the Derby favorite after winning the Wood and he got hurt. Does that mean he wasn't a quality winner? That logic to me just doesn't add up. A horse getting injured early doesn't erase their earlier achievements or say for sure that they were an elite or non elite horse.
These should be G1 though! Also the Louisiana already had the same amount of points!
It always been a five week series in all your examples with the exception of 1966 where it was 4 according to your examples. Either way that made the TC a little harder not easier, the exact opposite of what we're debating here.
I really don't get your obsession with trashing my credibility.
Yeah but that's just the reality. Just because it works out for one and doesn't for the others doesn't mean they were doing something right and the others weren't. It's just luck!
I don't know anything about turf racing but I do believe every major track deserves a graded stakes race and everything I've heard about Canterbury is that it's doing quite well in an era where many tracks aren't. In terms of explanation I'd have to say regional bias would be my first guess. As an Aqueduct semi regular(it's my favorite track) I understand your feeling completely as I'm also crushed and enraged by this decision.
It has been ran several years consecutively and it has not even gotten a promotion back to G2. So I get the demotion of the Pimlico Special but what I'm concerned about here is the difficulty of undoing that decision. The Wood and Blue Grass's fields are less of an indictment of the races prestige but rather the amount of trainers that go to their respective meets and the horses they train. Both fields offer 1 million dollar purses and are original Derby preps(Santa Anita and the now defunct Chesapeake and Flamingo were the other three) I'm sure you know all of that but I'm just making my case for the races continuing G1 status.
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