Ouch, I have to wonder if this might have contributed to Camelot losing the Triple Crown. Encke's winning margin was not large.
Believe it or not, some people at anotehr discussion board actually found some living thoroughbreds who are descended from Sir barton, all through his daughters:http://www.pedigreequery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33653 not sure if anyone has tried this with Omaha, though
I think the other jockeys were so focused on Orb they paid no attention to the front end...
rumors are that went to War Front earlier this month http://www.pedigreequery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33818
The current Calumet owner deserves respect for trying to revive the farm and bring it back to relevance. And he is trying to bring stamina back into American lines by standing Americain, and that also deserves respect..
Oh - and as to coverage - does anyone remember back in the seventies they would actually show the sire, dam, and broodmare sire of each horse when they showed them in the post parade? Even something that simple has devolved in today's coverage.
Let us take Turfway. Mostly runs cheap claimers in the winter. But my husband and I dropped in on the Friday night before Spiral day this year to pick up our programs for Saturday. They apparently do not charge admission on any day other than Spiral day, not parking fees. You know what? The place was pretty crowded (though granted most people were indoors because the locals thought it was a chilly night). Maybe that was because it was the night before their big stakes day, but mu husband did comment on "Wow. If we lived in the area and our kids were still small we'd have been here every Friday night. How can you beat animals and free when you have small kids?" Sure enough, plenty of little kids clustered around the finish line after every race to see the horses up close. Maybe this track will never be a destination track like Keeneland or Saratoga, but maybe all of those little kids will grow up to love horses and racing someday.
goblin, Stevens was saying he was getting tired in the last sixteenth of the race in a live interview directly after the race (while still riding the colt).
I just want a better Belmont than last year's. The time for a fast track was pretty embarrassing for all involved.
I am not sure that this colt is a ten furlong runner at this point in his career (that is not saying he won't develop into one by fall with more physical maturity). His jockey was saying that he was getting pretty tired in the last sixteenth of a mile. Maybe the Jim Dandy or Haskell, followed by the Traverse and see how he handles the distance? PLenty of rich three year old fall races such as the Indiana and Penn derbies which can be used as BC preps if he looks like a BC type of horse come fall.
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