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I can see how it may have been read different than I intended. But OK, Mr. High Sheriff: In lieu of having you put words in my mouth, how's this: However it came about, COS retirement is a win-win all around. Good for the owners, trainer, horse racing (future star babies), and, most especially, the horse. A brilliant filly that couldn't possibly have been handled any better. Perfection. That's my position; always has been.
I wasn't trashing them. I was giving them credit. There was no "eye winking" going on.
This is a fascinating turn of events. Based on what was said, it would seem to be a "mystery". But look at her record Broke maiden Feb 2012, then was not raced back for a year. Was there a known problem then, that needed time? It sure paid off, didn't it? Thenwhile everyone has BC fever, she is pointed instead to an "easy" and lucrative win in the Iriquois. In fact all her wins looked easily done. Maybe they were seen as easy going in. Then retire her at the first hint of whatever that old problem was. Masterful handling, if you ask me. She goes to the breeding barn an unbeaten millionare. Fabulous! Gotta love it.
Two points I'd like to make (my opinions): Beholder beat a very tired Royal Delta. She just wasn't herself. Neither was POS with the bad start. Make it three points: 16 lengths when she doesn't want to run (for whatever reason) after that bad start seems irrelevant. Why push her. One doesn't know that something wasn't injured when stumbling. No placing in sight, save her for another day. As it turned out, the only compettition Beholder really had that day was Close Hatches. If they had gunned her to the lead, they would have been in front. On that track, might have won it.
The only GR1 winner in the field wins. The only Gr1 speed gets second. I dunno how many times I have to see this happen for it to sink in.
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