Stepped on in the Belmont for sure and he STILL ran really well that day. Unfortunate that happened. He has so much talent. I am happy to see him back in the winners circle.
And the people saying he should be taken down are disregarding the fact Toast of New York did nearly as much damage as Bayern did. I don't see them crying injustice about him. Cherry picking.
Yeah I've been around here long enough to know that. It's just BS when it happens because people are piss poor about his win in the Classic. Random ups and downs aren't a shocker at all but when it happens with people completely disregarding his gutsy performance I'm a little irked. Whether people believe he should have been taken down or not he deserves a lot more credit than he is getting. Certainly not a wave of downvotes. He still went out there and ran his eyeballs out. The top FOUR did.
I cannot believe how far he has fallen in the rankings. Sour grapes, you lot. Think what you will of his connections and the call but he went out there and ran his guts out either way and this is what you guys do? -smh-
Mmmm not entirely. I actually think he's better looking than his sire. But he certainly runs like him, which is fantastic thing. Hope this guy keeps it up I would love to see an Afleet Alex go on to greater success. I'd love if he goes on to avenge his sire's loss in the Derby. One of my favorite horses, Afleet Alex is.
He definitely got a roar from the crowd. I'd have been one of them if I'd been there! So happy he is coming back.
I cannot believe people would actually think this was an intentional move. Hate Baffert for whatever reason your little hearts desire, but he would never risk the lives of his fellow horses and jockeys to win a race. The risk FAR OUTWEIGHS the reward of such and he's not an idiot and he certainly isn't a heartless human being. Just off the top of my head I could point you to last year's BC when he broke down in tears after a breakdown. And you certainly have NO PROOF to justify all these accusations. So his horse broke inward, and you're all entitled to your opinions over the call, but there is nothing, NOTHING to prove that this was a deliberate move. Sometimes horses just break terribly until proven otherwise and until even a smidgen of PROOF is brought forth (and no, your superstitions and delusions don't count) you really need to give the guy a break. What even disgusts me MORE are the people completely disregarding the performance Bayern and even the top FOUR put on and hating on the horse. Dear god what has gotten into you guys.
On the topic of the steward's call I do have to wonder if the hoopla would still be going on if one of the longer shots had been "taken out." Probably not. I certainly didn't hear it when Chrome got "taken out" at the Belmont right out of the gate. I am a huge fan of Shared Belief as much as the next person is. I'm a huge fan of Chrome and Bayern and a fan of Toast of New York as well. But nobody has a crystal ball looking into the future or alternate reality to tell them that Shared Belief would have won if he hadn't been taken out. Nothing. And what about Toast of New York, who further impeded everything? He shouldn't be taken down as well? What about THAT? That's being overlooked. Cherry picking is ripe here.
I'm rather on the fence about not taking Bayern down, by the by. On one hand it certainly was dangerous (though NOT deliberate, again) and on another I don't think it is fair to say it cost anyone the race as it was so, so very early on. If it had taken place turning for home I would certainly condone a disqualification no question. But it didn't and it's not as easy as a decision as you make it out to be.
I am disgusted by everyone's behavior and these insane conspiracy theories. You say you whatever happened is "bad for the sport" and yet you completely overlook your own behaviors. It certainly makes me ashamed to be a part of this wonderful sport.
Couldn't agree more, Hannah.
I cannot believe how many conspiracy theorists are out today...
Yeah it can be difficult to stay unbiased. I'd probably be as upset as many Shared Belief fans are if Chrome had been wiped out at the start. I totally get it. At least we can rest easy that Shared Belief ran a very good race despite it all and (hopefully) we will see him next year. Heck I hope to see Bayern, Chrome and SB all back.
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