yes, the myopic east coast writers can't see whats going on at Oaklawn or the Fairgrounds
The 3rd place finisher in the Bredders Cup Juvenile should get AT LEAST as many points as the horse that wins the San Felipe or the Tampa Bay Derby. We're talking about a Grade 1 champioship race versus a couple of Grade 2 races, one of which (Tampa Derby) should be a Grade 3.
The San Felipe is not at all a good indicator of success in the kentucky Derby. In the last 25 years, only 2 winners have won the Derby, those being Sunday Silence (who won the Santa Anita Derby) and Fusiachi Pegausus (who won the Wood). Alysheba ran 2nd in the 1987 San Felipe to Chart The Stars.
The new point system is stupid, as I have been saying since the day they released the details. Trainers can not take the top 2 year olds and PREPARE them for the Derby. Now all their efforts at age 2 are worth squat. If anybody really thinks that the third place finisher in the Breeders Cup Juvenile is less deserving than the winner of the Rebel or the Risen Star, that person is just clueless.
Also looking forward to the chaos that will occur when Juvenile Champ is given a 3 month break, comes back to win a minor stakes and then gets disqualified when trouncing the Santa Anita Derby field, so he doesn't go to Kentucky. Not good enough.
The points system is badly flawed. People were upset that Grade earnings from juvenile races were being counted equally against grade races from the 3 year old season. So they have totally overreacted and made the 2 year olds races worthless. Any folol knows that a horse good enough to run 3rd in the Breeders Cup Juvenile (a CHAMPIONSHIP race) has done more to prove his superiority than the horse who wins a Grade 3 or even a Grade 2 the next year. The true champions are the ones that show top form at 2 and carry it on at 3. The new rules will force owners to save their best horses from heavy juvenile campaigns, thus denigrating races like the Champagne, the CashCall and slapping the Breeders Cup Juvenile in the face. I think they're still mad at Arazi for flushing all their silly wagers in the 1992 Derby. Horse racing doesn't need a playoff!
this horse sure looks like he should run on turf... Broke maiden at first asking on turf. Ran 2nd in 2nd start on turf. Ran 3rd in G1 on synthetic, which turf horses seem to prefer. Ran 8 races since then on dirt, with one 2nd place finish and the rest up the track... Lukas should get real and start trying to win on the turf with this horse.
Clearly one of the best fillies ever - she beat top colts all the time.
Rachel Alexandra is overrated by quite a bit. She is not close to top ten fillies of all time. Who did she beat?
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