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!
I did what you suggested. I really hadn't paid much attention to him due to the terrible Moreno/Wicked Strong incident. It is an odd ride, but I sincerely doubt Ortiz pulled him up without a reason. What would be the point? He rides races to win. At no point does Ortiz ever seem to really ask this horse. My guess he either knew he was outta gas & didn't want to punish him or he was given instructions not to use him if he couldn't do it on his own. It's a little hard to tell, but I don't think he ever once used the stick on him. There is no mention of any kind of objection in this race regarding Big Casanova. How could an owner claim foul against their own horse's rider? It'll be interesting to see who is named to ride him if he gets in.
With that scenario, he is a bit scary, but he is still a question mark at the distance. As the article stated, he was being thought of for shorter races and Baffert knows he is taking a chance here, but I would too if I owned him.
Wise Dan is an outstanding horse, but until they do more with him, and I doubt they are, he does seem to have limitations regarding distance and surfaces, but he will once again be named HOY for not only his accomplishments, but primarily for what others did not do much like last year. Many were upset last year that we gave HOY to a grass miler and now it's going to happen again. It's very unusual, but it shows the state of racing. When we don't breed them for distance, when we push them too hard at such a young age in the Triple Crown series, when we retire them so young, when we offer more money not to run them, the sport has some serious survival problems. As an aside, those here who thing Goldenscents is a contender for three year old honors are living in a dream world. When the three finalists are announced, he will not be among them unless he does some fancy dancing the rest of the year.
It was and is one of the very greatest races ever run due to the historic field & how it played out.
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