That's a surprise, and also disappointing. It does not seem very ambitious. It would only be three weeks to the Brooklyn, so I doubt he is going to go to that one.
The turf horse you are thinking of was Tentam.
SG is a distance horse - his forte is 10-12 furlongs. 8-9 furlongs is Gun Runner's strength. The Whitney and Gold Cup are 9f, the Met is 8f, and all play to GR's strength. Only the Suburban and Brooklyn (Grade 2, no less) fit Shaman Ghost, and both are just $400K.
Granted, he won the 12f Brooklyn convincingly last year, but I think his team is aiming for him to be the #2 older horse, in case Arrogate falters. That means Grade 1 victories. And the (Hollywood) Gold Cup is G1 and $100K more than the two Grade 2 NYRA races. So what if he wins the California Gold Cup, goes on to the Pacific Classic, and Arrogate has an off day after a long layoff?
As for purse - SG is a full horse, not a gelding. What he loses now in purse can be made up for later in stud fees.
A horse with the ability to go a distance is valuable commodity in a day and age where every decent young horse seems to be out of Tapit and Uncle Mo and falters beyond a mile.
Why not the Gold Cup at Santa Anita? Bigger purse, Grade 1, and he has already won at 10f there.
His handlers should be setting up a schedule that puts him in the running for handicap champion should Arrogate falter or get injured.
I think one of the cases for calling Secretariat the greatest of all time (over Man O'War and Citation) is that he excelled at both turf and dirt. Granted, the other two didn't really have much if any turf racing in their time, but given that the two surfaces are considered so different, Secretariat's ability to dominate on turf as well as dirt shows that he had versatility to go with this incredible speed.
When arguing as to who is the greatest, many overlook this point in his favor.
To try and get some of those horses, obviously. The trouble is they run it what? 3 weeks after the Dubai World Cup?
Push it back two weeks. Sure, it would be on Kentucky Derby Day, but that might be far enough past the DWC to get a couple of those better
Personally, I think this would have been a good race for Gun Runner or Neolithic if they had delayed it.
I think I may have mentioned it, but I was at that tribute as well. It's hard to make grizzled old railbirds cry, but even hardened old bettors shed tears remembering those two.
Until they have a general debate thread, where can I put these questions?
OK, well then if Arrogate does not run in the Gold Cup, Shaman Ghost's people will be happy. I assume he (SG) will be a better than even favorite if he runs.
Or, Arrogate's folks can try the $16 million option - win a Grade 1 turf at a $1 million purse, then face Winx in a $15 million match race.
Ah, so I am not the only one doing this. See what I started?
As for the thread, the only reason I don't pick (a) is because War Emblem (and the jockey) basically beat themselves with a horrible start. I would say (b) because of what was at stake -- an upset in a Belmont when a horse is going for the TC is just that much more eventful.
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