It's always been New York. Tonalist only has big wins inside of New York. But he also got dusted by honor code twice in New York
Effinex has one grade one win and got dusted by Liam's map. Liam's map got beat by honor code and only has two graded stakes wins on the year. Not very impressive for any of them to win and a case can be made for each but to auto count honor code out and Tonalist the winner is just ridiculous
You forgot to mention the Gulfstream park handicap which the track was playing to speed and he ran down a game private zone and valid and beat out wicked strong. HC has three strong graded stake wins- more than Effinex and more than Liam's map. Beat Tonalist three times. End of story
Some great wins and some duds. Honor code ran by him in the met like he was standing still and he had zero excuses in the Whitney and suburban too
Four seconds slow? Come on
Still not a wow factor to make me like him as much as I liked game on dude. Until he runs 10f sub 1.59, or wins the big cap several times, I don't think he will be up there in the same conversation as the dude
http://youtu.be/Sksb2wnJE3s Says 1.31 here so I was going by what the official clock said.
Hmm maybe I'm talking about the 2014 big cap which was one of he best performances by a horse I've ever seen. 1.25 miles in 1.58:17 http://youtu.be/Sksb2wnJE3s
Does anyone else think this is a little bit of a stretch for him?
I think Game on Dude was so likeable because of several factors- he was a gelding so was around for a long time, was not consistent so you never knew if he was going to be game on or game off, he had blistering speed almost godlike when he was at his best(he ran a mile in 1.31 in the big cap at Santa Anita, which I believe is a world record mile), and he danced every dance.
Doetmund has just not showed me that 'wow' factor about him yet. I hope that he is able to shine next year out of the shadow of Pharoah though.
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