Thanks Mary. It was a wonderful day. Hoping I get to go to many more tracks and meet many more people. Hope everyone who was able to attend had as good a time as I did.
Thanks everyone. Feel free to look at the others. Didn't feel 100+ would fit very well, but the album is public, so everyone should be able to see.
It was a wonderful day. Feel so lucky to have it as my home track.
Its not a smear, its racing terminology, quit taking it personally. The jockey stole it on the front end. That isn't a bad thing to say, especially when that is what happened. They use that word to say that a horse got away with soft early fractions, putting their competition to sleep. Oxbow did the same thing in the Preakness, and its called by many people stealing the race.That term is more a compliment to the jockey than a smear to the horse.
The author, actually even says in the last bit of the article that while the winner did have it her own way, which isn't a lie by any means, Princess just either couldn't adjust or didn't fire. In the beginning he even compliments the ride. Like i said, its not personal, its a term, and a term more of a compliment to the jockey than anything else.
Ed and the rest of his family and friends were so gracious. Glad you introduced us. He is a class act and his filly ran her heart out. Pace was just too slow and she was too far back. Things happen over this quirky track, especially in small fields. Remember that Royal Delta was nearly beaten in her first attempt over it. Whatever the reason may be, Princess ran a good race, even in defeat. She will bounce back.
If she is good enough, then why not chase HOTY. Hence why I said if she were to win the Haskell dominantly. She's unbeaten. If she looked good in the Haskell, then why not take on older for a chance at HOTY? There are a lot of ifs, but if she didn't do well in the Haskell or was all out, I wouldn't suggest it then. "To chase and overrated HOTY Trophey" would not be the only reason, because like i said, I would only do so IF she won dominantly, which would indicate that she is capable and ready. The Award if won once, IMO is not a huge deal, unless it is given to a filly, because in that case it recognizes that the filly had an incredible season. Busher and Twilight Tear both beat males multiple times and were the only three year old fillies to win HOTY until RA, who became the third. If the Award is won multiple times, like with Forego, Kelso, Wise Dan or Curlin, it again, IMO shows just how great they were. That they were not one hit wonders, that they were able to stay at the top of their game, stay consistently great over a long period of time, which is not easy at all, especially when you constantly are facing top level horses. You also have something special if a 3yr old colt is to win the HOTY. Why, because he was able to take on and defeat the best of his elders, something not accomplished a lot, at the top level. Triple Crown winner Affirmed could not even do it when he face, older Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. The reason the award has lost much of it's luster is not because it's overrated. It's because the lack of brilliance, sustained brilliance, during the last few years. It has been won by horses with safe and boring seasons, the last few years, when it used to take a season of great merit to take it. This year I believe we'll see that happen. Chrome has a chance, if he were to take the Awesome Again and Classic. He would have a season of five grade one wins, two thirds of the Triple Crown, wins over his elders twice and a BCC victory. He'd be the first three year old to win the Award since 09, I believe. The first three year old colt, since 07. If Palace Malice wins, it will most likely be due to the dominance he has show during a fantastic season. He is being aimed to the Whitney, Woodward, Gold Cup and Classic. If he wins HOTY, it is likely because he ended the year unbeaten, with wins from a mile to 10f in grade one company, with a total of five grade one wins under his belt. For Untapable to win, she would have to do something amazingly special, like win the Haskell and Gold Cup, and that would be deserving of the recognition. For she would have four grade ones, two against colts, one against older males and while going 10f. This year has the potential to give us a HOTY, with a season truly worthy of winning the award. Do not blame the award for the lack of brilliance of it's recipients. It is not responsible if there is a year where the horses competing give us less than what we are used to seeing.
If they want to make a play for Horse of the Year, if I were her connections, i would not take her to the BC to do it. She did not take to the surface last year, and who knows what the knew stuff will be like, especially after they soup that up for BC weekend. From here, I'd run her in the Haskell. If she wins and is dominant in doing so, then I'd turn my sights to the Jockey Club Gold Cup. It is a one turn 10 furlong race. That fact has helped several horses with distance concerns get the extra distance. Not saying she has concerns or not, but she has never run that far and that would be the best place to try it. It gives her a few more weeks to grow and mature, as opposed to running in the Woodward, too. If she wins, and it's over Palace Malice, currently the best in training, it is very likely that she wins HOTY, even if he wins the Classic. Is it a gamble, yes, but if she wins the Haskell, she already has her division in the bag, so why not take a risk and go for the gold?
The older males were not great that year, but they were all in form, Bullsbay and MA were both in the form of their life and both loved the distance of 9f. Do remember that MA at his best, was very competitve at three around 9f. He won the Jim Dandy and even ran second to Big Brown in the Preakness. Also was second in the Super Derby. At four he won his second start, the New Orleans Handicap, before taking the Stephen Foster then finishing second in the Whitney. Bullsbay won the Alysheba, ran a decent fourth in the Stephen Foster and then won the Whitney and ran back to that with a very very game effort in the Woodward. That race gutted the top three in that race. Not just Rachel. MA and Bullsbay were in top form during that summer, had shown good form prior, but after that race never came close to it again. It gutted all three of them. In the Preakness, MTB did lose ground, but RA was the one who was on the engine for most of the race, having to gun it from the far outside, while being pressed for a good part of the race by a very fast horse in Big Drama. She lost ground in the Haskell, while again staying on top of a very quick pace. She had to contend with a very good sprinter/miler in Munnings, and Belmont winner Summer Bird, who again was in great form and ran a very good race even in loosing. Remember he beat Munnings, who probably was more suited to the distance than he was. People can say all they want that Summer Bird wanted longer, fact is, he wasn't getting to her no matter what that day. He wasn't making a dent in her lead, which was over 6 lengths. She simply wasn't going to be caught that day, no matter what the distance was. Were the horses she beat fantastic. Not all of them. But she overcame a lot of adversity that nobody gives her credit for. She did not get easy leads or slow fractions. She ran fast from start to finish in her races against males. In each race she was pressed right from the get go, by those trying to soften her up. She turned them away, then turned the closers, who had dream pace set ups, away. People never want to ever give her credit for that. Nor do they wish to give her credit for beating two closers who were in the form of their life at the time she faced them. At the time she met Bullsbay and MA they were both coming off a series of impressive performances in grade ones. But nobody likes to mention that.
No, I'm trying to get you to admit that they weren't great fields.Which would be the truth and only help my argument. Those horses are TC winners. We hold other TB's to them, especially when we like to compare those that fail in the TC today, to them. Truth be told, they didn't face better fields, not in the Belmont at least. They actually faced relatively weak fields outside of their main rivals. So, your trashing of my decent seven horse field, would mean that by your standards, these fields are irrelevant, therefore you might as well call their Belmonts irrelevant and their Triple Crown accomplishment as well. I mean if you can't win a Belmont Stake that is over seven horses in field size, you must be irrelevant, correct?
tmallios, what do you think of the fields that Secretariat, Affirmed and Slew ran against?
As of now, It is Palace in the lead. Unbeaten in four starts, all graded stakes, a grade one in the most prestigious mile race in America, also in his division. Chrome is second. Can easily move back up if he were to win the Pacific Classic or Goodwood. That would set the stage for a great classic. IMO, whoever wins that would be HOTY, if they both continue having success this year.
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