Brian, sorry if I "offend" anyone, but I find it disgraceful that Paynter and Shack were kept off this list! I won't be voting if they keep these 5 horses in the current list. They are great horses, yes, but they don't represent what this award is supposed to represent. This is not the Cartier or the Eclipse award. This is the "Voice of the People" Award. The committee failed in making it that. Not happy.
To all the people saying "who cares" and "let him run," you're right. It's the decision of the owner and he may never get to the Derby again. BUT, the race is 2 turns at a mile and a quarter...something this horse has YET to do. You don't just throw a horse to the wolves first time going 2 turns in the Kentucky Derby of all races! I can't stand when owners say they have the best interest of their horse at heart and then pull something like this just to get the fame. This horse can get you a TON of fame if you let him run in Graded Sprints for the rest of the year! Oh, but people don't want to hear that their horse is a sprinter. It just makes me angry. Hopefully, they don't break this horse down and crush his spirit in their 15 minutes of fame.
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