Wouldn't the surface change from synthetic to dirt render prior biases meaningless?
How sad. A reminder of how dangerous this profession is. Tragically, he wasn't even supposed to run in that race. It was a late jockey change. I watched replays of the race. It seems it was just inexperience on his part. It was a very fast pace, he was running between horses, about 3 lengths behind the top 4 who were battling for the lead. Then one of those starting back-pedalling fast, and Saez seemed not to notice this, as he didn't take up at all. He fell really hard, right in front of the horse to his inside. Another horse, coming from several lengths back, also got involved in the spill, but it's not clear which one did the damage.
How much Bayern lost the Travers by is meaningless. He wasn't hit even once, and just cantered after he was collared at the top of the stretch. Maybe he just didn't like the track at Saratoga.
It was Stockton. Not that it makes any difference. Will probably be entered for a tag next. Wish I had the money to buy him.
I noticed that, but he seemed to be going well when he clipped heels with Moreno at the top of the stretch. Hard to say what it would've been had he not lost his jockey. Perhaps they should try removing the blinkers when he comes back.
I agree about Wicked Strong. It's a real pity they decided against entering him in the BC Classic. I think he had as good a shot as anyone in that race, and he would've been my bet to win.
At this rate, he has only one or -- at most -- two races left this year.
I'd say later rather than sooner.
After the Preakness, I was basically lynched here for saying that California Chrome would not finish in the money in the Belmont and would not win another race this year.
I'd love to see Harp Star in the BC Turf. She was too far back in the Arc, and lost way too much ground entering the stretch.
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