All things considered, Curlin ran pretty damn well in the Derby and then only 2 weeks later Curlin exacted revenge in what was in my opinion one of the better stretch Preakness duels of all time in fast time.
Hey Buds, Curlin started his Derby campaign in Feb!
Maybe so, but what you're not saying is that Ride On Curlin is already a proven graded stakes runner against the best and ran just fine from way out of it in the Preakness. So he has proven already that he can give a ton of ground to proven stakes horses and be competitive in those situations.
And what gives you the right to say the horse wasn't hurt? Mr horseracingnation resident vet himself - tmallios. I could care less about their business decisions. Just happy the horse is able to return to racing.
Trapped? This horse had every chance to come through and get the lead.
And even if he can run those split's, the horses he was in against today were classier, which in a lot of cases negates speed of a horse. I also said in previous comments when he was winning that he wasn't beating anyone.
We'll find out soon enough if she's up to handling the class hike. She's capable of running 108 to 3/4's and 114 for 6.5 against her stablemates. I want to see her do it against these better horses, even if they are only minimally better.
Wouldn't that imply then that if the horse was giving effort, he wasn't empty?
You seem to be jumping to conclusions as well with your excuses as to why he lost. He just wasn't good enough today, plain and simple.
He's obviously changed his running style since then.
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