johnston 7641 - you've hit the nail on the head. Congrats to you for getting it. Don't give a rat's a.. what he said. Hell, Woody Stephens said more things worse than what Mr. Coburn ever said. Over at BH, at certain author penned six paragraphs and over 1,000 words making Mr. Coburn a racing pariah. For God sakes move on. California Chrome, as I suspect, will return to the races. In the meantime, get ready for the summer shows of Del Mar and Saratoga.
A belated congratulations to Tonalist and his connections for his win in the Belmont Stakes. Disappointing as it was and pending any possible injuries that have not been explain California Chrome simply did not fire at the top of the stretch. Jockey Victor Espinosa rode as good as race as you could. Don't fault him. The horse had plenty of opportunity and a clear path for victory - but just didn't fire this time. He didn't fade and finished a respectable tied for fourth. He just didn't fire at the top of the stretch. In the coming days we will see if there were any factors that may have contributed to this. Not to compare horses but sometimes horses just have a bad day or days....Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Cigar, Dr. Fager, Buckpasser. Let's keep this loss in perspective and hope that California Chrome returns to the races healthy down the road and again thanks for the ride. So far, that is.
How tough is it to win the Triple Crown? Of the previous eleven champions over half are ranked in the top 13 greatest racehorses according to Bloodhorse (Secretariat, Citation, Count Fleet, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, War Admiral). And the last eight champions listed in the top 33 American racehorses. Considering the near misses and near losses from previous attempts winning this Triple Crown would guarantee "greatness" for California Chrome - for some might be a moot point already...
Lazmannick - actually according to a recent New York Times article Mr. Durkin's anxiety and panic attacks probably started with his call of the 1987 Classic. For the announcer that's "0 for 7 and a scratch in potential Triple Crown Championship races - here's hoping you get to call this one Saturday.
Even though the Belmont Stakes won't be run until Saturday sports collectors are already offering historic Triple Crown souvenir $2 win bets on California Chrome on ebay. Some packages include the race program and even minted displays. The New York Racing Association already has been requested 15,000 $2 win tickets on California Chrome as of Tuesday morning according to reports. Man o man.
Made my selections a while back but will offer some insight from what others have said just recently...clockers from the Daily Racing Form claimed that after California Chrome worked out Saturday morning the horse had this look like he 'owned the frickin' place'. Gotta love it. But on the other hand another clocker said mentioned that Ride On Curlin 'labored' through his workout and the exercise ride had to push the horse to finish out the seven furlong gallop. Not good considering what Joel Rosario said about 'feeling the energy leaving ROC about 150 feet from the finish'. It's been a refreshing Classics with new faces and not the same old Pletcher this or Baffert that stuff.
You can add Eddie Delahoussaye to this list...http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-belmont-stakes-dwyre-20140531-column.html
Actually, I read that Joel Rosario (Ride The Curl's jockey) said after the Preakness that his horse gave everything he had and seeing he wasn't gaining on California Chrome with even that horse's still pricked felt alot of energy go out of his horse about 150 feet from the finish. And by the way, Mr. Rosario immediately opted to ride Tonalist in the Belmont.
Just read the New York Times article on this morning's workout by California Chrome - said there were alot more people today than at both Smarty Jones and Funny Cide's workout. Said the rail was packed and cheered as CC roared down the stretch. Even said the clocker, journalists, and media were impressed. There is a growing confidence in racing circles that after 36 years, near misses, heartbreak loses and downright disappointments we will finally get a Triple Crown Champion. I whole heartedly agree.
goblin - thanks for the update. Slew - according to Art Sherman he worked out on a sloppy track at SA, as I believe, a few months back and did not run the same - according to Art Sherman's son. Also, CC tried to gallop on a sloppy surface at CD a number of days prior to the Derby and according to some SI writer did not want to run on the surface...
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