Beaten chalk @ Kentucky Downs, race 9, 250K Turf Stakes @ 1 5/16. Lost by a nose to My Afleet.
Exciting, yes. But the time was ordinary. The front runners were crawling on the final furlong. He'll take a while to win his second race. Holy Boss, on the other hand...
I'd put blinkers on him and run him in dirt sprints. Couldn't do much worse than he has since that KD place.
And, by the way, I'm not saying he shouldn't run in this race, nor am I saying he has no chance of winning. I'm just disagreeing with the trainer's comment, where he's implying that if another horse gets loose on the lead, he rather let that horse steal the race than going all out to beat him.
The NFL doesn't make their living from gambling bets. Horse racing does (Racinos to a lesser extent). If a trainer tells a jockey to make a half-assed effort in a race, that's showing disdain towards the betting public. What I read between the lines is that the trainer is saying "go for the win only if its not going to take too much out of the horse, I want him to have something left for the upcoming $750K race." This has nothing to do with hurting the horse, but rather with hurting their chances at a larger purse. So a win that could've been within reach, would've been forsaken by not putting in a 100% performance. How can you find that acceptable?
I find that a tad condescending. A prep race is one thing, using a race as a workout is another. What the trainer is suggesting is that he expects the jockey not to try to win the race if it's going to take too much out of the horse. Exactly as one would do when instructing an exercise rider to not go too fast on a workout. This doesn't just happen at stakes level. So it's not always obvious when a race is being used as a "prep" race. I'm not an idiot. A trainer's intention is one of the factors I consider. I just don't think it's right to not ask a horse for all its got until it crosses the wire, and I find that practice deplorable.
"He's not going to abuse him and chase some horse around there just to get a win in him." WHAT?!?! Aren't jockeys supposed to actually try to win a race -- even if it means asking the horse for all it's got (I presume that's what the trainer meant by "abuse")? It's not a workout, it's a pari-mutuel race!!! Are these people forgetting that bettors money is at stake? It makes me sick each time I see a jockey stop asking a horse before the wire, only to get nipped in the last jump out of the money by a hungrier jockey. The worse part is that stewards do absolutely nothing about it.
Where did all the comments go???
Martin Garcia is no Mike Smith. Game On Dude didn't need a 5-length lead in the backstretch. He cooked the horse with those fractions, yet he was barely beaten for the show spot. He may have lost a step, but I don't think he's a write-off.
I guess Shared Belief is no Bayern. Mike Smith's got himself a gold mine. Too bad we didn't get to see this fella in the TC. He may beat CC for the year-end titles.
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