I find it hard to believe we are discussing the possibility of a sloppy track in Dubai, but has Arrogate ever competed on one?
Is Mr. Miskell feeling OK? I assume he was not feeling well if he didn't win....
Runs well, meaning -- second to Arrogate?
If by some chance he were to win (and at post time, I think he will be the clear second choice), how would that change the plan?
But you didn't see one win against the other. :-)
Then do you think that they would retire him after the DWC if he were to win comfortably -- say by at least three lengths?
A little surprised that they are aiming for the Oaklawn so soon after the big Cap. Not only is it a short layoff, but the shorter distance would not appear to suit him so well. I would have thought they'd wait till the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
I can only guess that they see some very weak competition at the Oaklawn.
Thank you. I skimmed through it, and will look in more detail later.
However, it seems there is still a lot of judgment that goes into this.
Tradition aside, the problem is that, as I said, if the top horses race only half as much as they used to, that means there are only half the number of spots in these races that will be taken up by Grade 1 caliber horses, and lesser horses will have to make up the difference.
I don't think TOBA wants to stomp on tradition, but it does have to face reality. It seems wrong to call a race a Grade 1 when Grade 1 level horses are not running in it. It cheapens the brand.
What do folks think he will aim for after Dubai? I would have to think the Met Mile or the Stephen Foster.
Minor injury or not, it seems like she will miss much of the year. Too bad; the racing world needs some high profile horses that will actually race more than three times in North America this year.
The three year old colts don't look like a particularly strong bunch, so I hope the 3 yo fillies produce a star.
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