Stuff happens. I am stunned Stanford came in fifth but every horse is entitled to one bad day. Heck even AP has one fifth place finish and we don't hold that against him.
I think you have something against Saratoga. In regards to the Travers purse Saratoga is not an independent track and is part of NYRA. As a result Saratoga can't just arbitrarily raise the purse for any given race the way Monmouth and Canterbury can they need to ask for permission to do this. They're not going to be able to put up 2 million even if they want to and believe me they probably do. I agree the purse should be higher but it won't be and I'm surprised they agreed to raise the purse this much.
Your entitled to your opinion but to me and many other fans the Travers is the most important race of the summer just like the BCC is the most important race of the fall and TC dominates the spring. Obviously the Travers is the least important of these mentioned races but it's not more than just another stakes race. I brought up Stanford and Materiality to show how AP could face a tougher 3YO field. Not that either would be the main threats obviously Frosted is. How does this field sound AP, Frosted, Texas Red, Stanford, Materiality, Keen Ice, Upset and you can throw in Smart Transition, Tetkon and Tencendur to round out the field? Now that's the best case scenario but Frosted, Texas Red and Keen Ice alone would make the Travers worth watching. There is greater competition waiting in the handicap division but there's still more than enough for him to face a serious challenge at his own division and pick up the Slam to boot.
With his Haskell win AP jumps from 54 to 32 on the all time earnings list. If you take away international horses who've raced here he's 21st.
You have a point with the purse increase. However that increase being spent on 8 runners instead of mainly AP would be able to lure the top 3 year olds more effectively from other places. If Monmouth's relatively small purse increase for the also rans could have the impact it did imagine what the impact of Saratoga's increase would be. In addition to Frosted and Texas Red there's quite a few quality three year olds who sat out this week. Pletcher for example left his heavy hitters Materiality and Stanford in the barn. While Dortmund, Firing Line and Carpe Diem leave a big hole in AP's three year old opposition there's still enough to warrant one more.
Yeh no trainer points a horse towards the Travers because it's in late August and you have to see what happens with Derby prep and potentially the TC races before you can even start thinking about the Travers. The reason trainers in the past and present have avoided it like the plague is because it's been historically cruel to favorites. The list of horses that have won the Travers and any two TC races is smaller than the TC list and only one has won all four. Only three TC winners have even ran the Travers. Baffert's might have won only one Travers but the horse that did it for him (Point Given) was unarguably the best horse Baffert had ever had (until now). AP will get to face the older horses at the BCC first we should go for the Grand Slam.
Can't wait until next week. Half of this field belongs at the BCC.
I'd have to strongly disagree. There's plenty of reason for AP to go to the Travers. AP can become only the second TC winner to win the "Grand Slam". That along makes it worth it but that's not the only reason. They've already said they'll raise the purse for AP which gives him a small chance of breaking the earning record. AP has also never ran at Saratoga before and the Belmont crowd have had their chance to see AP. Don't forget Frosted is pointed at the Travers as well and at 10 furlongs he's a serious threat to AP. Texas Red is also pointed there.
I'll admit after the Travers they'll be nothing more for AP at 3 but I don't get why they'd skip it assuming the horse is up to it.
Well we've all been saying it was going to be a romp for two months. Wow!! He was being restrained the whole stretch and still ran sub 1.48. Unfortunately I don't think they're going to let him break records unless he needs to. This field was also better then we thought it would be for awhile with two holdovers from the TC series and Competitive Edge. I personally wish Pletcher had run Stanford or Materiality but in the end this race served it's purpose. Give the fans a day to celebrate AP, make some money and get a relatively risk free ticket to the BCC.
Don't get me wrong I was impressed by Texas Red's performance. I didn't think he would be able to get 9 furlongs. Still Frosted was gaining on Texas Red as the race ended rapidly and there's no doubt in my mind of the race was any longer Frosted would have caught Red.
I still think Frosted is a more serious Travers threat to AP than Texas Red. I simply don't think Texas Red is a threat over 10. We'll hopefully have a chance to find out for sure at the Travers though!
Frosted impressed me as much as a second possibly could. If the race was any longer Frosted would have caught Texas Red. Still believe 10 furlongs is Frosted's ideal distance and believe he's basically built to win races like the Travers and BCC.
Got to say congrats to Texas Red. He managed to hold off a really really good colt in Frosted and for that he deserves credit. Over the 10 or even 9.5 the outcome would have been different but this race still proves that Texas Red is a great colt I'm just doubting his ability over the classic distance.
If the race's AP is pointed at keep increasing their purses AP has a chance at the earnings record if he wins out.
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