Dead on. The 1 post had everything to do with it. The reason why Orb won the Derby is Joel got him out of traffic and in the middle of the track. I kept waiting for that to happen here, but Joel just kept him on a dead rail. If he had gotten an outside draw, or Joel kept him on the outside, things would have been different.
1st race after the layoff. Can't kill a horse for coming in 2nd, especially to an equally good horse. Nothing lost for Bobby.
Couldn't agree more. Even some of the 20 horses that actully do make it to the starting gate don't deserve to be there. It's not your right for your horse to be in the Derby, it's an honor. And if he can't earn enough points, then clearly he is not ready, or not good enough. The whole point of this system is to reward Grade 1 placed horses, and Grade 2 and 3 winners. Yes can be tweaked, but trainers should stop worrying about it, and just do what they can to get their horse ready for the entire racing season.
New York horses have gotten my attention. Overanalyze won at 9f, and wants more. So does Normandy invasion, who was right behind him. Vyjack looked great as well winning the Jerome. Keep an ey on those 3.
This is long overdue. I don’t get why it wasn’t done sooner. When you can consistently bring in the top older females in the country year after year, you deserve Grade 1 status. Delaware is a smaller fish in a big pond, but yet, the Del Cap is one of the top quality races year after year. I can imagine how proud you are that this is your home track, so you should bask in your Grade 1 glory.
The new point system will make things interesting. Bobby should have to preps next year, main one being FL Derby. 1 bad break, and he can finish 3rd, or off the board. Will be waiting a longgg time to see who is my Derby pick. The key from this article is that you MUST have 2 preps the year of the race. Anything more than that, you take a pass on.
An all time great. It's a shame his only out of the money finish was because the BC made the awful decision to run on the synthetic surface and give dirt horses no chance. Outside of that he had a 3rd in The KY Derby and the Haskell, where he could only be beaten by other top 3yos. Have not seen a horse like him since. Horse of the Year, and the Decade by far.
Hard to argue with most of these. Wise Dan clearly HOY because of his versatility. Kudos for Lover and Pride for Older Female. She deserves to be the fav for the BCLC. Sprinters are right on. Turf Female strongly disagree. Tapitsfly races constantly in Graded Stakes races, and always hits the board, if not win. Kudos for saying Questing for 3yo Filly. To loses a head bob to MMA with a 7 lb. disadvantage shows just how great she is. 2yos are spot on. Grade A- here.
What a great, feel good story this is. A true fighter on and off the track. One can only hope he makes it back to Graded Stakes company and can thrive there. To see him race in the Breeders Cup next year, that would be a story not even Disney could dream up. Thank you very much for this piece.
Thank you very much for mentioning him. He will be a heavy longshot come the Classic, and worth a $2 bet if not more. A closer like him can take advantage of a pace meltdown and win it. He loves dirt, he loves the distance, all systems go. Nice piece on a horse no one else will mention. Great job.
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