I'm lost. Why can't this horse work on an off track?! Horses work on them all over the country. This seems like a flimsy excuse to me. Perhaps Baffert, who has gotten into the habit of not running his best very often has decided that 6 races is enough. I thought he might make it at least all the way up to 11.
Tapable still is a talented horse, but she is no longer among the best nor has she been since 2014 and considering the female talent out there this year, I think it's gonna be a tough year for her.
OMG, I'm not ready for this yet! Between all the brouhaha over CC & AP the past 2 years, I need a rest.
He can win the Classic by 10 and he still wouldn't even be close to having the best three year old season since 1948! Since it is all but over except for one race, his 3 year old accomplishments are already lesser than those of Native Dancer, Buckpasser & Secretariat and I'm sure I'm forgetting others since you are covering 67 years! He's never faced an older horse, he's never broken a stakes record, never mind a track or world record, he's never tried any other surface & we are still sort of clueless as to the caliber of what he has been facing. He's a very good horse, but his accomplishments do not match at least the ones I've mentioned & probably more. Regarding current racing, you somehow seem to have overlooked the well documented decades long weakening of thoroughbreds due to drugs and breeding for speed. Horses today have little in the way of stamina as all the shortening of major races indicates. There wasn't a TC winner for 37 years not because the races got harder. The horses got weaker.
Give it up. They will be arguing about all the way to the Eclipse Awards. I wish it had been a cleanly run race, but when he gets his way, he is very good. However, if every horse had the opportunity to run to the best of their abilities, and I am talking more about Moreno than Shared Belief, the outcome would probably have been much different. But as you say, it's a tough game.
Well, I hope you are right, but I don't think you are.
No there won't.
Been a fan of Close Hatches for a while & Untapable has done very well this year, but for a variety of reasons, I think both look vulnerable here. In championship races, I tend to sort of like to see the cream of the crop strut their stuff, but I am sorta leaning towards Don't Tell Sophia or Iotapa here.
No, I stated he pulled him up & I watched it three times trying to figure out a reason for him doing so. I haven't a clue, so my guess is as good as yours. Has anyone heard what Ortiz had to say about this race? I haven't, but he was such a minor player in a very eventful race, there probably hasn't been much in print about his performance. All the DRF says is that he is severely overmatched in their comments on the Classic entries. Not a word about him having a issue in the JCGC. I do agree with another here though. Why wasn't he entered in the Dirt Mile instead, though I am rather hesitant to say he would win that either.
The draw is critical for Chrome. He needs to be on the outside!
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