Mr Oxley has a late developing colt, Tour De Force (Tiznow x Dream Supreme), with Mark Casse and has worked 2x in the past 10 days from the gate. Both were quite tidy works at Fairgrounds.
I am absolutely appalled at the number of supposed racing fans who are anything but. They are obsessive groupies of a single horse and have raised him to a cult-leader status. I do not believe for a moment most in the stands were applauding only Chrome until he passed.
It is shameful that these fangirls and boys are unable to accept a better horse beat their idol fairly and squarely. They have posted all sorts of nonsense about unfair 3yo weight allowances and blaming VE for the loss.
The fact remains that, as Sherman said post race, Chrome "ran his eyeballs out" and his career high Beyer speed figure confirms that. Sadly, that figure is below Arrogate's not just in the BC Classic but in 10f Travers Stakes as well. We now know that race was no fluke.
The post-wire gallop out of these two horses was telling. Chrome shut down very quickly, obviously drained while Arrogate's ears went back up and he was tough to stop ready to go around again. During the jog back you could see he wasn't breathing that hard.
The sport needs more fans, but those who cannot appreciate any but one are not fans. Just groupies.
Frankel didn't lose and faced better.
Watch the video. At about 1:03, you will see her head dip a bit and she kicks up a bunch of dirt. That is the dip/hole she ran through which Frankie said hindered her acceleration. he said without that, she would have won by 3. Hard to remember she is still a green baby.
He said she wasn't hard-fit, and Frankie said she stepped in a hole (you can see the dust fly in the replay) which slowed her progress. He said she could have won by 3.
She is consistent, and definitely the best 2yo so far.
I don't think the win was all that important to her connections. She was not ridden hard at any point in the race while Stellar Wind is still being iced from the lashing Victor applied.
Prove she's not. She has won more Pacific Classics than either of those two, hasn't she?
Except it happens everywhere else on the planet every day. Only in North America is it a rarity.
Watch the race again. At no point was Beholder asked for full effort The race for her was a prep for the Pacific Classic, leaving a bit in the tank.
Sherman knows Chrome is more valuable on the track than at stud. Martin is going to run him until a leg falls off.