Any more news about Algoriths?
If Hansen is in this race (and Doc Hansen sits down, shuts up and just watches his horse) the Gray should take it.
I'll eat all the crow I've got coming over my criticisms of UR, but I was not one of the ones who questioned whether he could make the distance. Hid damsire is Gone West, whose damsire was Secretariat, whose damsire was Princequillo. That's an awful lot of success at distance. I was wrong about a lot with him, but not that.
Per the NY Times an hour ago, Giant Ryan is splinted resting in his stall but Dr Bramlage says he has vascular damage in the broken leg and the prognosis is grim. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/sports/giant-ryan-a-stakes-winner-fractures-his-leg.html
Hats off to Union Rags and Johnny V. I didn't think even Johnny could solve the big 3 issues I had with UR, but he did. Fast break, good position all the way and no loss of focus.
My wife called me at work with the news, which was probably a good thing. It helped keep a little perspective. I'm horribly disappointed of course; IHA's a great one and could have won some great races, TC or no. But this is a much better result that what might have been. Farewell, I'll Have Another, and thank you for a great ride!
I still wonder if the bad trips are a jokey or horse problem. As a 2 year old, he found himself in trouble, but had Javier Castellano to get him out of it.
As much as I respect and admire Penny Tweedy, I have to wonder; did she have tha same reaction to Rick Dutrow being on the cusp of the Triple Crown? I don't recall that. Dutrow, like O'Neill was, is still facing disciplinary action over a 2010 incident, whit (it seems to me) far more troubling circumstances and consequences. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-05-15/news/31714250_1_drug-butorphanol-rick-dutrow-fastus-cactus
Thank you, Ashley. I'm firmly in the "IHA and Mario are the heroes in this story" camp. As for O'Neill; I believe he got what he deserved for all the infractions except this most recent one. The headlines could just have accurately been "CHRB Finds No Wrongdoing in O'Neill Case" instead of "O'Neill Suspended". For that reason, I draw a line through this most recent shacky (pun intended) case. Since his earlier violations are even further back than the 2010 case CHRB just decided, an argument can be made that O'Neill is cleaning up his act. I hope so; don't dissapoint us, Doug. As for Reddam and CashCall; paraphrasing Claude Rains in Casablanca, "I'm Shocked! Shocked to find a sports owner who is a cut-throat businessman!" If I were commenting on his business practices on Huffingtonpost, I'd probably be raking over the coals. But here, I'm writing about horse racing. I have always rooted for horses and jockeys over trainers and owners, and I want to see IHA and MG win the Triple Crown!
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