Cathryn Sophia is brilliant but past 7F Songbird should and will dust her. Songbird is a magnificent filly and can only face who will run against her, but I won't be convinced she's on the level of a horse like Rachel until she faces and beats Beholder and/or Stellar Wind (which may happen).
Ok, so you would chuck all the champion sprinters and fillies and mares who never beat or even faced the boys out of the Hall? Unbelievable.
You can't be serious. Beholder has won three Eclipse awards, 10 G1 races, delivered the most impressive victory (or second if you prefer Rachel's Haskell) over males on dirt of the century, and is the only horse in history to have won G1 races in 5 consecutive years. She was a guaranteed Hall of Famer as soon as she crossed the wire in last year's Pacific Classic and everything else is gravy.
You can keep an eye on this filly and add her to Undefeated Watch after a very impressive win in her U.S. debut in the Osunitas S. She is a dual G1 winner in South America and now 5 for 5!
In most years I agree but it has two champions, one a future hall of famer, in it this year. That's one more than the Haskell - I don't know what more you want.
To be fair, Awesome Again had one of the best seasons in recent memory not to be rewarded with a championship, so I don't begrudge him a stakes race. Although perhaps the Lava Man would have been more appropriate.
I believe the exact reason is that Oak Tree had a claim and didn't want them using the old names. I think the new names are mostly ridiculous but it's hopefully just a matter of time until most of them get renamed after famous horses/racing people.
The Ramona was renamed the John C. Mabee when he died and has since been downgraded to G2 but is still at 9F.
While I'm in complete agreement with you about the overall trend, that's not actually what happened here. When Oak Tree closed, Santa Anita renamed the old Yellow Ribbon the Rodeo Drive and it is still 10F and a G1. This race was then renamed from...the Palomar? Las Palmas? Something like it.
Good assessment that Carina Mia's camp has everything to gain and nothing to lose here, although I don't think it's as dramatic as you make it sound for Songbird (does it really count as "putting it all on the line with everything to lose" in a race where you're deservingly odds-on?). I do think Carina Mia will prove she can get the distance with her new running style but don't see her beating the champ, who is on another level.
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