looks natural, and ice in veins...very cool for Moss and Shirreff to put on her on
Hi, I wanted to clarify above. In the blog I was not critical of another trainer because they forced the pace. That is horse racing. The problem I had was his celebration afterwards when he ran 5th. Seems he did not push the pace to win, rather just to beat Hansen. Mike Smith also said when he slowed Hansen down, the other jockey slowed down, (fast-slow-fast) matching strides on purpose for no sporting reason. You draw your own conclusions on why this was done and why he was celebrating when his horse lost.
is there a connection between Macho Macho and Hero of Order?? Macho Macho is an Asmussen horse.
Sorry, I was hoping the link would be blue, but you can cut and paste to view this blog. A few mistakes I have read here: Mike Smith was NOT told to go to the front. Also Hansen has been in two races with Alpha, both times Hansen has won. Travers Stakes will determine once and for all if Hansen can go 10 furlongs. As I had said we may ask Javier C to send Hansen for the first time in his career. Hansen's only two races not first or second, it was humid and about 90 degrees. I hope Saratoga is less than 84 and dry August 25.
so our plan is to run both the Travers and Smarty Jones. Sorry about the duplicate posts. I would appreciate if someone could delete or tell me how to edit those. A nurse distracted me and my finger stayed on the enter key.)
If Hansen does not run one-two in here, the Sky Chai owners, Mike and I decided we will run 9 days later in the Smarty Jones Grade III for
If Hansen comes out of the Travers Stakes in good order, we will run in this race. Hansen 4 for 4 at this distance.
I feel partly to blame for Hansen's loss. Perhaps we should it made it more clear to Mike Smith that Hansen was trained to rate and could have tucked in behind Hero of Order. I think he may have gone more off the racing form and thought we needed the lead which I don't think is true. I knew the only way we get beat is in a speed dual, but I was not in the paddock to talk to Mike as I was stuck doing a prerace interview for FOX/HRTV.
We have never sent Hansen from the gate. His natural speed usually gets him to the front. In the Travers we will send him for the first time. No speed dual. Let the chips fall where they may. As a handicapper, I agree with those that say he will not likely go 10 furlongs, however it is the Travers Stakes, the mid-summer Derby and we plan to set the pace as long as he can.... and let him do it his way.
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