Cont..Barbaro 2nd & 1st. Smarty 1st & 2nd. These guys were anything but closers by trade. Funny Cide 2nd & 1st. So really the only confirmed closers Giacomo & Monarchos were the only pure closers on paper, and both those races were total pace meltdowns.
With all due respect, this is pretty useless if you really try to apply it to this year. Consider for debate...I will give you the 5 "deep closers" , as all of them except FuPeg were genuine off the pace types. However, the argument falls apart calling many of the others "closers". Is a horse that runs in the 4th position of a 20 horse field a closer? Hardly. He is beating 16 horses at the 2nd call, that's not a closer by most any definition. Also as a predictive tool, most of these were speed or stalkers by trade. 2nd Call of some of these "closers" in preps. IHA 3rd & 2nd. Super Saver 1st & 1st. Mine That Bird (deep closer) 3rd & 1st. Big Brown 1st & 2
Archarcharch, Uncle Mo, Dialed In, Soldat, Santiva 2:01.4
I only gave about twenty 10's to the entire list, and she was one of them. There are good horses, great horses, and all time legends. Goldlikova has insured her place in history.
Any list that doesn't have him in the top 10 tells me the voters don't have any idea of horse racing's history.
I agree with you on Forego, but you lose credibility by rating Smiling Tiger above Sunday Silence. Hard to criticize anyone's votes with that on your page.
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