You must have been watching a different race then. And I didn't jump to any conclusions; I put a lot of conclusions out there. So, say what you want, not even some of the greatest can win every race.
This horse is plenty fast. He has run 22 in change, 44 in change, 58 and change, and then gone on to win in under 1:09. What makes you say he isn't fast? And yes, even the guys on-track said the rail was dead. And maybe the #4 in the other race was facing weak competition. And he was never comfortable trapped down in there, he usually bends his head low and goes to work, today he had his head up and was very uncomfortable. It just wasn't his day.
I doubt it. Rail was DEAD today. Very very slow.
Not true. He won the Sanford stalking at 6f. The real problem was being trapped on the rail.
Oh you are all making me laugh. Just ask Zenyatta, Secretariat, and Seattle Slew. You can't win them all. This horse was running against a bias from the rail, and had nowhere to go until the stretch, and by then his opponent was gone. He fought on hard running in deeper ground and was beaten only 3 lengths. And who knows, the dirt is new at Keeneland, maybe he just didn't like it. There are a thousand factors that could have gone into his loss and every last one of you jump to conclusions. This horse still has the talent and heart to win at the graded stakes level. Yes, maybe his races did take a toll on him, maybe not. Guess we'll find out in four weeks if they still decided to run him.
In 100% agreement. We only saw a glimpse of "The real Union Rags" in the Belmont; I still believe he was just reaching the mature status. The only horse who had a worse trip in the Derby was El Padrino and he finished, what, 15th? Union Rags was STILL running on at the end, and was just a neck shy of 6th place. Everyone bagged on him though, and I never understood why. I have always wish I'll Have Another had never been injured; I think people would view him differently if the two had met again...
Cut it some slack guys. He's been running in sprints. Just like pressed workouts every 2-3 weeks and he hasn't even put this horse under the morning clock in two months. His workouts are his races, he makes them look easy. He is a tenacious horse that has now shown ability to dig deep for extra speed. Bet him next out, you'll feel better.
His gallop out was great too. No reason to think he couldn't go farther.
I may have been absent, but I definitely haven't been idle! Barrel races every weekend since Aug 31st and another this weekend before I get my whole one weekend off. I have been still following Bern as closely as ever, and man, has he sure impressed. I always knew he was a special colt from the day I first read about him... May 5th, 2012. A day most remember as I'll Have Another winning the Derby, but a day I will always remember as Union Rags loosing the Derby... in a hunt to find the next big thing (horse, really) I found a list of a few individuals who had either shown brilliance or had the pedigree to do so. Those horses were I'm Boundtoscore, Amarish, Powerful, and of course Bern Identity. Don't ask me why, but I felt something when I read that name, and something even more when I saw he had broke his maiden by 13 lengths in his last start. Funny how it all started, really. I so badly wanted him in the Derby, I couldn't see straight. I STILL think he can stretch out, but why bother when he can win so much at 6f? The pursues are not much higher, and now he's an older horse with no "Derby Dreams". Still hope they try to stretch him out... I really, really think he could do it. For now, I'm super happy and I hope he continues on this path. Who knows, if he does win the Breeder's Cup Sprint maybe he can win the Vox Populi award. I think I might cry if he does.
It truly has been a fairy tale so far.
That's my BOY!!!!!!!!!!
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