I was just reading your other, non-survival related comments, too.
Why you're just a little ray of sunshine today, aren't you?
I'd been looking forward to her debut at Kempton, but it was a no-go. Awful luck. :(
Agreed, Northport. I believe he's being aimed at the Irish 2,000 Guineas. There's a lot of others being aimed at that race right now, but the list will be whittled down later. If the horses I think will show up do, it'll certainly be an exciting race.
RIP. I'll miss watching her. :(
I don't know about any articles, but it was mentioned that he said the jockey wouldn't ride Bobby's Kitten again by a reporter during the broadcast if I recall correctly. At least, that's where I heard it from.
Eek! What happened? :( Very sad to hear about Verema, is Brown Panther going to be okay?
tmallios: Look, man, Bobby's Kitten was running out of juice in the last ~200 yards when Giovanni Boldini and Outstrip made their moves. He ran out of juice not because he's a "speed horse", but because he spent himself earlier in the race. This is what happens when you race a horse like that. If Outstrip had raced like that, he'd have faded, too. Heck, I was surprised Giovanni Boldini seemed to struggle to pass Bobby's Kitten for a while there - that colt has some stamina so he's not completely a speedster (else if he was I'd say just leave him in sprints and be done with it!). You're talking to someone who's watched both Outstrip and Giovanni Boldini for some time now and who bet on Outstrip to WIN. I'm not here claiming Bobby's Kitten could've won because I somehow am a fan of that horse, but I do genuinely believe if Bobby's Kitten was run similarly to how Giovanni Boldini had been (I don't mean Outstrip, that's pretty risky and I'd only trust very few jockeys to get *that* timing right), I do think he'd stand a better chance at winning. Not by a lot, mind you, but he still would've had the stamina to hold off the late runs while making one of his own as the other U.S. runners petered out - you saw how far back they were. There was no chance of those early frontrunners being a threat to him.
tmallios: I didn't like Ramsay's outburst either (I found it reflected poorly on him to say such a thing in public regardless of how I felt about the ride.). That said, that was a BAD ride. Perhaps it would have been fine if he were just racing against other U.S. runners, but he definitely didn't take into account the Euros or tactics they might employ. It was immediately clear to me almost from the start that Bobby's Kitten wasn't going to win and I felt terrible watching him because I really don't feel he should've run at such a pace for so long (it's possible to ruin a 2yo like that). Giovanni Boldini was in a great position behind the leader for a last-minute take over, and Outstrip also ran a tactical race - held up to conserve his energy for a devastating late sprint that would see him to victory if timed right. Bobby's Kitten turned into a pacemaker for the race and in so doing he set things up just right for a European one-two. If Bobby's Kitten hadn't been allowed to run so fast, and had conserved a bit of his energy for a last minute increase of speed while still running at/near the front he certainly could have won. He didn't need to run like he did from the start, heck, he could've let any of the others near the front set the early pace up for him and it definitely would've helped him.
I'll be honest, I kind of do wish I could've seen a Wise Dan vs Frankel showdown this year. :) Sadly, they decided to retire him instead.
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