I'm not an expert on track configurations, but I do know that GP's short run to the first turn at 9 furlongs puts any horse that draws wide in a full field at a disadvantage. I would hope with this amount of money at stake, GP could do something creative like allow horses that have won the most graded stakes earnings from the prior year to select post positions first, or something. If GP really wants this race to work going forward something has to be done about this IMO.
It’s a double edged sword. You could say running as often as
Ex did wore him down eventually, but it’s also hard to overlook his best performances this year came on wet tracks. I don’t think he won a race on a dry track this year, so was it the frequency in which he ran or the fact that the he ran out of slop? I think it was a little of both, mostly the latter.
Ah yes. I hope he stretches and keeps himself well hydrated.
Has anyone check on Doc? The results of the classic have to have been a shock to his system.
He just got beat by Arrogate. In 2014 Bayern beat him twice to end the year and Shared Belief was simply better but got wiped out at the break of the Classic. Awards are about resume over the year so yes Chrome might win HOY again this year but like 2014 it's because the better horses put the pieces together too late in the season.
The ironic thing about California Chrome losing is that in his 4 years of racing, for as great as he's been, he's never been the best horse in training. He wasn't the best 2, 3, 4, and now 5 year old as Arrogate clearly holds that distinction this year, but maybe they can rematch in the Pegasus or possibly Dubai?
The track wasn't biased. Dortmund simply chased a pace faster than he's used to and was a bit empty in the stretch. It happens sometimes when 9 furlong horses cut back to 8. It happened to Morning Line in the 2010 Dirt mile, it happened to Itsmyluckday in the 2014 Kelso, etc...
Don't interrupt a good rant with facts!!
Excellent points that most people may not be aware of. If you following So Cal racing, you know that Victor is never really the best dirt or turf rider, and that’s even more true for Mike Smith. Mike is very good in dirt routes, but in dirt sprints, turf sprints, and turf routes he’s very average. He doesn’t consistently move horses up on those surfaces. Having written that, it doesn’t take away from the fact that they both have performed well when on good horses, and that has to be commended because sometimes the best horse loses due to jockey error. Kudos to their agents for helping them get
Not This Time blew away Looking at Lee by over 8 lengths but he's not a star? Some might say it was the slop, but the race was a repeat of his maiden breaker at Ellis Park. He runs like his his half brother Liam's Map. He's the real deal.
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