The writer went out of her way to make it clear that she was not disrespecting Exaggerator in any way.
That just means he tried his best, despite being ill. And I'm not saying that his being tired was the ONLY reason he lost.
If they were going to stretch him out, then I think they would have done so already.
And Calculator never saw the day he could beat Beholder or Chrome.
I've been thinking that myself. I think he was achy and fatigued from the beginnings of an illness, but was showing no outward signs of said illness.
Something similar happened to me once, actually. I was feeling tired and achy, and I had gym that day; I then spent most of the following day either vomiting or dry heaving. I'm positive that the physical exercise made it much worse.
If this is what happened to Nyquist, then he deserves a medal for even finishing the race. My respect for him knows no bounds.
Then evidently, we're talking about two different things.
Really? Nyquist is my favorite three-year-old, but I fell in love with Chrome over two years ago, and if they ever meet, I'll be rooting for the latter.
If wishes were horses, I suppose.
And if he manages to beat both of them, he'll definitely be the leader of his division, regardless of what Exaggerator does in the Belmont.
If there's a meltdown in the division like the one back in 2012, then the Triple Crown will most likely be the fallback to choose the three-year-old championship. I don't think that'll happen, though.
Point #1: Exaggerator may not be better then Nyquist; one win does not completely turn the tables, and Nyquist will most likely be in the Classic as well.
Point #2: If Exaggerator stays on his current path and goes to the Classic, then he'll have to face both Beholder and Chrome on their favorite track. At the moment, he simply isn't good enough to beat either of them.
I can't believe I had to spell this out for you. You're grasping at straws, and it's pathetic.
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