Also, as I said all horses are different. I have seen many horses that are livewires in the morning and all during the day, but at night level out. Todd could have thought that with LAT, so why would he have noted a vet, simply because his horse was quiet. Reports say that after everything still nothing was found, so it is likely had JV or TP acted in such a way that would have seen her scratched then they would have gotten in huge trouble.
Yes, she was actually. Every horse has to be checked the morning. Why do you think the Pamplemousse was scratched? That is called a vet scratch, so yes she was checked by a vet the morning of the race.
Skeptical yes, but many were being downright rude about the whole thing. They didn't even wait for any results to come back and it was all "Uncle Slow." It's ok to want to wait before handing over any race, especially the Derby, but to get rude about it is uncalled for as well.
Well if you can't knock the horse I guess you knock the trainer. Ppl LAT was check and cleared by not only Pletcher but vets as well. The only thing that symptom she exhibited was slugishness. If even a vet clears her how is Todd supposed to guess anything? How is Johnny V supposed to guess anything else. If Todd had pulled her for no reason other than slugishness how would he explain that to an owner? I know horses that tend to just get quiet when it's dark out or if night time. Johnny could've gotten in trouble with both Pletcher and the owner had nothing turned up. He would've gotten question by the stewards too. Unless trainer or jock sees actual lameness it is very easy for them to get in trouble for a late scratch. On the bringt side, if you can call it that, I'm glad Mo had a legit reason for his perfromance and that the "no excuse, he's just overrated" naysayers have no been proven wrong.
Any prep is fun to watch, but I am ont going to try and handicap the winner. I will Santiva, because he is still one of the horses on the Derby trail that could still move this race.
1.46.8. That will be hard to smash.
Switch is dangerous over 8.5 furlongs, but Jones at Oaklawn with a monster filly will be hard to beat.
Another thing, I do not think this horse will rate behind horses. I do think he will rate on the lead, infact, I believe the Rebel showed us he can. If he is allowed to do that here I think he will be tough to run down, and honestly if he wins it impressively I think he'll continue to be able to stretch his speed out.
While I'm still skeptical about this horse, I am now mainly because he is such a speed freak rather than his breeding. If you look farther back you'll see two Triple crown winners, horses like Bold Ruler, Round Table, Dr. Fager, and many other. Dr. Fager and Bold Ruler were know for speed, but also their ability to carry that speed. Dr. Fager is arguabley, one of the fastest, if not the fastest TB in American history. The Factor is also related to Icecapade, who is a half brother to Ruffian. So while this colt's pedigree is loaded with speed, it is also has horses that could carry their speed and were know for that specifically.
Yay a speed duel. This ought to be fun. Havre de Grace will win it though. Jones is a master and this filly has matured into a monster.
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