I like this horse, I think he has good potential, but before I start to put him in the top tier of horse, I need to see some positive action outside of New York.
Ok lets hold on, all you Beholder band wagon jumper. No one has liked this horse more than me, I seem to remember a hell of a lot of Princess fans telling me who was the best female in the country, and then came Close The Hatches was going to beat her. bla bla bla. She could win the Pac. Classic due to a lack luster field (although Hoopertunity is pretty good) but the BC Classic, thats a pretty tough task. With the class of older males out there, that would be unbelievable, aint gonna happen! How about she aims at retaking the BC Distaff, Untapables pretty good and is 3 for 3 at Churchill. She is, IMO at the top of the distaff division, a torch pasted from Royal Delta, and Zenyatta before that. Either way Im glad to see her healthy and at the top of her game.
Wouldn't it be great for horseracing if this guy could come back to form at 8 years old and compete in the bc mile?
Looks like perhaps another victim of "Big Sandy," some never run the same again.
looks like he turned out to be a pretty good sire. i wonder what his stud fee will rise too?
he is certainly in my top 5
nice article mary, keep it up
very good info. Id have to say that I admire the decision.
I missed how the legacy could be marred by Shame? Your Quote
"Only one question remains at this point; Will that legacy be marred by broken promises, mistrust, damaged friendships, and shame?" I dont get this, sounds like the author is just hating???
This info is hindsight not handicapping.
First off let me say I think Shutty has a good handicapping screener for
the derby, but this info has some problems.
This pacing info is how the horses ran in the Derby, not what their running
style was in the preps prior to the big dance.
So if you handicapped using the pace info you would have got different
info. Example Paddy-O Prado was never more than 2 ½ lengths from the lead in
his preps, one would never have used him as a “deep closer”, same with Mucho
Macho Man, he was most certainly a front runner prior to the Derby, as was Went
The Day Well, all liked the lead or to be within a length or 2. I mean who would have thought Palace Malice
would decided to become a Wire type on derby day, he was a presser before the
derby! In 2009 I would have hardly classified
Papa Clem or Mind That bird as Deep closers, more like pressers, and Pioneer of
the Nile was certainly a front runner.
The list goes on. I think
sometimes in the derby the best horses get bad trips and have to maneuver through
traffic and often have to come from behind, which makes them appear as closers.
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