They allow: "Bandage: Leg wraps used for support or protection against injury during a race. Bar shoe: A horseshoe closed at the back to help support the heel of the hoof. Often worn by horses with quarter cracks or bruised feet." http://tinyurl.com/p8z79jc Why'n the hell would they not allow something as innocus as a breathing strip? I think this issue will go away.
You know, I was thinking way back that he could only win the first two legs. But the way he runs, so effortlessly, responding whenever asked, ears pricked, not even breaking a sweat...I've changed my mind. He's got plenty of help in his pedigree, and they are all showing up for this. I read somewhere that Baffert said, "CC is making his own pedigree." Amen.
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The Derby looked like a workout, and workouts are generally slower than an actual race, right? Chrome has turned in far faster times while on a much faster pace. A fast pace, after all, precedes a fast finish. It's a momentum thing. So you're right, a faster pace levels the playing field, making foe exciting finishes where FRs are trying to last and CLs are storming home. But I'm still in Chrome's camp. He doesn't have to be a super horse. He just has to beat his competition, something I believe he will do again.
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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.
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