Best horse for decades? I could name a good many that have a thing to say about that. I have nothing against Big Brown, but considering he was medicated left right and like nobodies business, I don't trust anything I saw from him. And there are far, far more proven horses than this guy. Who did far more, for longer, against better competition. FAR.
Both of them have had extended layoffs and both were very necessary ones at that. You are correct.
You want to know what's worse? I've even seen people saying Chrome ducked yesterday's race to avoid SB, which just has me shaking my head. He's only just gotten back to training and needs time to build that muscle back on, just as SB did. This is a long process. There is no "ducking" going on here and it's an unfair and unfounded accusation.
People truly are fickle.
This sport is too much a case of "what have you done for me lately?" It seems everyone is eager to brush Chrome off for this guy, even though he has done far more than Shared Belief. I LOVE Shared Belief and I am ecstatic that our 2yo champ is back and kicking butt, but he has not accomplished nor proven what Chrome has. I think it's insulting and silly to say this guy is our 3yo champ. He's going to need to go out there and beat Chrome, fair and square in a race, to take those honors away from him.
I have to agree with you on this, Rafi. :) Also, let us not forget Shared Belief this year. I think that guy is something special, too. I cannot wait for the return of Top Billing, Honor Code and Chrome. I think we have seen very nice crops these last few years.
As any 2yo would need. He only just arrived.
I'll Have Another, Smarty Jones, Sunday Silence and I have to toss in Afleet Alex, even though his were the last two. He should have won that Derby given better circumstances, but that's horse racing.
Awesome but... currently in Japan, currently in Japan, currently in Japan, currently in Japan. That's what speaks loudest to me about it. Ah, the sad reality.
I was also a naysayer on Tonalist. But all congratulations to him. I'm still down on CC's loss, but you have to appreciate a winner where it's due.
I really cannot agree with him on this one. Triple Crown winners of the past have won defeating fresh horses in the past. If a horse loses the Crown because he cannot defeat these fresh horses, then so be it. And this is coming from someone who LOVES Chrome and was so devastated by the loss today that I had to leave the house right after the race and go out on the town to distract my thoughts! lmao
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