What Upstart did last year is irrelevant. I'm not sure you understand speed handicapping or race times. Upstart couldn't control how fast the pace in front of him was as he was a closer in last year's race. Gun Runner was loose on the lead this year. These are two far different scenarios so comparing the race times don't tell you anything. Further, Being loose on the lead lends itself to running fast. Remember that track record Uncontested set last month? He couldn't run the same type of race today with more pace pressure in the Southwest. I know some fans may not want to hear it but Gun Runner winning a grade 3 in February while loose on the lead says nothing about what he'd do against grade 1 horses with pace pressure. This is the same gun runner that passed on the classic and still wouldn't win at a mile in grade 1 company. He's caught 2 loose leads. Good for him. He'll see what he has later this year.
No I shouldn't because it would be obviously that today's race was a grade 3 and the Clark is grade 1.
I always forget there are more fans of horses than fans of horse racing on this site. Today's race was a grade 3. Obviously the Clark is a grade 1. There is nothing fake there.
Suddenbreakingnews part 2, but slightly less talent? We'll see.
It's too soon to say and it's only February. Gun Runner was loose on the lead against a grade 3 field today and in the Clark. I hope they all stay healthy so it can be determined on the race track.
Gun Runner is a nice horse but 9 furlongs is probably as far as they
should run him. He was fortunate to get loose on the lead in the Clark,
but those types of trips don't come along that often. The money is
tempting in Dubai but I think it would be smarter to stay stateside, run
the 2 stakes races in Arkansas, then move on to the Alysheba, then the
Stephen Foster, etc., instead of trying to chase Arrogate and others at
distances that are probably too far for him.
And those that jumped back on him after the Wood were disappointed in the Derby, Belmont, Travers, and Breeders' Cup Classic. I think you should probably use a better example, like Funny Cide or Afleet Alex even. Maybe Point Given? They stumbled along the way but rebounded nicely in Triple Crown races.
That sounds like a pace meltdown.
The first 6 furlongs was run in 1:14.06 and a mile was run in 1:38.30. If you run that slow early a decent horse can run fast late. I wouldn't crown him just yet.
2015 was nowhere near the 2007 crop. Not 1 horse that American Pharoah beat is in the class of Street Sense (2 year old eclipse winner, Derby and Travers winner), Hard Spun (grade 1 winner and grade 1 placed in non restricted company), or even Rags to Riches (Kentucky Oaks & Belmont winner). Dortmund never was a factor after the Preakness and he was beaten multiple times by California Chrome, who Arrogate beat multiple times. Dortmund even cut back to 8 furlongs and lost. Firing Line has not been a factor since the Preakness. Basically Dortmund and Firing Line had success early in their 3 year old season but not against older horses. The comparison isn't close.
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