What is going on with this horse?
Though he is not my favorite horse, I would not discount this one at all. Last year's for is exactly how it sounds. The colt has not raced in over 8 months and could've matured and grown significantly since then. Just look at what Giant Oak did in the Donn. I'm sure everyone thought the only thing he could run down was allowence horses as well.
I hate to say it, but I don't remember the weights in that race, lol. The PA Derby and the Preakness he showed he had heart. IMO that is why he is not a pack animal. He still has fire.
I do believe he wants to win, otherwise he would not have come back like he did after getting squeezed in the PA Derby. I would love to see him win here and become one of the top males in the handicap division.
Zen, it's a little thing called college and a riding team, it takes up a lot of time. I comment on other blogs regularly and update mine when i have the time, however writing a full fledge blog takes a great deal more time than commenting.
IMO all RA needed was some rest and then a proper comeback. Instead she sat for about 4 or 5 months, then was rushed to make a prep to make the AB. If she had just been given some more time to properly work up to her 2010 debute she may still have lost or may not have won as dominatingly, but i think she would've been set up for a much better season. Even now, I think if she had been allowed to run in her last two probable starts she would've dominated. The PE was nothing to scoff at. Persistantly was ridden to perfection that day, and TBH, had LAT not been there RA wins, and that same goes for LAT w/o RA. Blind Luck is a wonderful filly and yes I agree she was fatigued and that the track probably had something to do w/ her loss, however, not once was RA so well beaten in 2010 as BL was in her 11' debut.
Well he wasn't on anything in his Dubai Romp nor his Classic, so how was he kept out of the public eye after they took him off his "juice" BB wasn't even taken out of the public eye after they took him off of his training drug, which BTW were perfectly legal. Every horse racing, or a good 98 percent are racing on something --bute, lasix, a variety of training steriods-- all of which enhance performance in some way shape or form. Are you going to slam all of those horses, past greats and current ones that raced on anything that helped their performance? If you are then you might as well judge everything that race in the 60's-current, at least, since there is no telling if they were or weren't on something, since most trainers will not tell the public what training drugs a horse gets and only things like bute and lasix are posted on a regular program.
I normally don't give to much weight to the FG preps. That EXTRA LONG stretch normally gives out of the clouds closers who are normally mediocre a chance to run down a faster rival, especially if that rival moved to soon.
How is the Grey Ghost not in the top 100? He lost only once in his entire career and was a come from behind. Man o War, Bid, Sec, Citation, Slew, and Native Dancer are my top five. After that it gets a little tougher to rank.
I hope Baffert does not put The Factor in the Derby. He is way to fast and seems to be a more Zensational type to me. Keep him in sprints where he can hook up with Big Drama later in the year, so they can put on a show for us all. Mo and Tapizar are my faves right now, but any of these have the talent to jump up in what is always a very oddly run race in the Derby.
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