Run the same race at 9 furlongs and Sweet Reason looks get really darn close at the wire. Was a great race for Untapable off the layoff and the loss in the Haskell, but Sweet Reason impressed me more, especially after the antics in the gate.
Very nice analysis, Sullivan. What are your thoughts on Gio Ponti or Animal Kingdom?
Despite not being allowed to use Lasix by the HKJC, Rich Tapestry is still on track to come to Santa Anita for an attempt at the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint. He'll possibly plan to run in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship as a prep and then train toward the Breeders' Cup. Despite no Lasix and being unraced since April, this horse has recently won two barrier trials and did so in very fine form. Watch for a huge price on a horse that has proven to travel well, and can possible adapt to the dirt in Southern California. His two Barrier trials can be seen here http://www.hkjc.com/english/racing/Track_Result.asp?txtHorse_BrandNo=N011
HE was a special one. When on his game, he was so much fun to watch. Best wishes in his retirement, he sure has earned it.
Although never being the most consistent finisher, Wigmore Hall, without a doubt, was always a stakes quality horse for his entire career. I am very sad to hear of his passing. RIP.
Very interesting. Could you link the article on this. Even without the Lasix, he'll be very capable of winning if he's gearing into top form prepping for the HK international races. The spread of 6 weeks this year is a nice gap to try and grab some Breeders Cup purse money. I'd need to dig into it more, but this may be the first HK horse to compete in the Breeders' Cup.
The word technology is completely up to the interpretation of the fan or racing participant. I for one am astonished at the lack of engineering that goes into the actual racing, given the amount of money involved with the industry. Horse Racing, like any other racing sport are subject to the same scientific laws of aerodynamics, physics, and dynamics. Yet, as only "tip of the iceberg" examples, we still see little non-aerodymanic cotton balls on the top of Jockey helmets, very little engineering into racetrack surfaces, and virtually the same racing materials (saddles, horse shoes, uniforms, etc.) being used year after year. For the amount money involved in racing, I would love to see trainers, owners, and enthusiasts alike all push for research to go toward legally engineering a faster horse, rather than trying to find the next "undetectable" substance to enhance performance at cost of athlete well being. Not that I want Horse Racing to become the next NASCAR or F1 racing circuit, but its interesting how those teams look for 0.005% opportunity of improvement in a mechanical system in order to get a legal edge on the competition, whereas in horse racing, there is huge, untapped, potential with people just ignoring it as if its not even there.
Hats off to the winner, but Wicked Strong ran the gutsiest race I've seen all year.
Do they all need to be on dirt? When was the last time a 3 year old champ contender was a primary turf runner?
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