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.
I read a couple of years ago that if any horse won the Triple Crown that he would be retired instantly due to what he would be worth. I hope that is not true. It would be so awesome to have and see a great run for a while. That is not saying I'll Have Another is a great horse, but the potential is there.
Of course he would be since he won. The other horse would just be the co-winner of the Belmont. The fact that another dead-heated would not negate that IHA had not won all three.
I think it ridiculous to even consider My Miss Aurelia for HOY. Both Acclamation and Havre De Grace did more on the race track. While she won't win, I think Stephanie's Kitten is a very worthy contender vs. Aurelia. The only 2 year olds to win HOY in my lifetime were Secretariat and Favorite Trick and both had vastly superior years than My Miss Aurelia.
Even if Uncle Mo wins the Classic, he will still not win HOY. He just hasn't done enough this year and wouldn't deserve it. Havre de Grace & Acclamation have already done more than he has even without a BC Classic win. However, if Flat out, Tizway or Game On Dude win the Classic, there is your HOY.
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