I really like WD and wish him the best in his retirement. I always have enjoyed those tough as nails geldings, like WD, Kelso, Forego, Armed etc. who give their all every race and some how find the finish line in a race where you are absolutely convinced they'll never get there. You will be missed Wise Dan.
Yes I saw that he was trapped against the rail and had trouble getting going. I personally don't hold the race against him. I've seen so many great horses that should have won a race, but circumstances dictated a different result. I do think this guy may have some quirks too that necessitate a certain training pattern, where he is dropped to a shorter distance and then asked to go longer the next time out. I think he could well be formidable in the Classic. I do think Shug knows what he doing here. He seems to tailor his training to get the best out of a particular horse.
Agreed. Would like to see Shug get one too. I saw that too about Castellano. Honor Code could be a pretty stubborn one to train too.
I also remember when many trainers used allowance races between stakes engagements to tighten up their horses instead of never ending works. As you said Shug knows his horse and adjusts his training accordingly, as any top trainer would. I brought up Whirlaway because Jones had a problem with Whirly dawdling along and wanted him to realize he had to get going sooner and a race, not a workout, was the answer to the problem.
I remember when Ben Jones was criticized for putting Whirlaway in a 5 1/2 furlong sprint before putting him in distances races. Jones said that Whirlaway needed the race to get him going sooner. Obviously it worked for Mr. Long tail. If you look at some of Honor Code's races, Shug seems to drop him back in distance before asking him to extend himself.
It has happened before in the 1945 Manhatten Handicap. The gate for Caribou did not open. The horses were called back and the race was considered a non start. The horses waited and another starting gate was brought up and the race was started again with Devil Diver under Eddie Arcaro winning. There were no refunds on wagers in the first start.
If you don't believe in breeding why make a comment about it. As to performance enhancing drugs in racing, they have been around since the beginning of time. As to the difference in the two races you cite: did you look at the difference in pace. In the Belmont, AP had no challengers on the front end set his own pace, rested when he needed to. The Travers was a totally different race up front with the pace duel that set it up for closers.
That theory of breeding European mares to top American bloodlines has been around for years, courtesy of Keene and ER Bradley, and many others.
Agreed. I wonder too why the print turns bold when this stuff is put on.
I have seen it on other blogs, but not to the extent that it appears here.
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