I agree Mary, several horses did step up at the end of the year. I'm not saying those horses are not great horses, because they are. There could have easily been six horses that are contending for Horse of the Year: I'll Have Another, Fort Larned, Royal Delta, Wise Dan, Little Mike and Groupie Doll. All six, in my opinion, deserved to be in competition together for the 2012 Horse of the Year category. Maybe we should have four or five horses in coming years as finalist in the Horse of the Year competition. I was at the Breeders' Cup races this year. Fort Larned impressed me very much, as did Little Mike, the Queen, Royal Delta and Groupie Doll. Wise Dan deserves the honor, too. I think Wise Dan is being full court presssed as the winner of Horse of the Year by some very powerful people in the racing industry and a lot of people are going along with it because it's just easier to go along with it than to voice a differing opinion, which would draw unwanted attention. That is unfortunate. I believe which races during the year are won, how they are won, and the real worldwide ranking/status of those races should be more consideration as opposed to whether the horse ran all year with little to no competition in many of their races. Not all G1 races are the same, some are much more substantial and prestigious than others, IMO. Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes, Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, Kentucky Oaks, Breeders' Cup Classic races have more prestige and trumps over all other races. I hope next year the contestants are expanded to 5 for HOY, because Royal Delta, Little Mike & Groupie Doll were a little short-shifted this year. Thank you for the lovely comment, Mary. I do agree with some of your points, although I still think I'll Have Another is the 2012 Horse of the Year. He certainly won the Top 2 best races of the year in terms of thrills, excitement and importance - The Preakness and Kentucky Derby. It was very nice speaking with you. Have a good weekend!
I definitely thing I'll Have Another is the 2012 Horse of the Year. I think it stinks that voters are turning themselves inside out trying to justify giving the Horse of the Year award to a horse that is a grass miler, something that has always been kind of anathema to voters in prior years. The award is very rarely given to grass horses or milers. I think the criteria should be the same as it has been for decades, dirt horses winning at distances of over a mile, as the Gold Standard and marker of superior horses. I'll Have Another has met all of those criteria this year, several times over, winning ALL of his races, and in spectacular fashion. He deserves both Eclipse Awards, Horse of the Year & 3 Year Old Male of the Year. The public still loves you, I'll Have Another. You are not forgotten by US.
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