I am perfectly aware of the difference between the inherent speeds of different race tracks AND the day to day or even race to race variance on the same surface . I made my own speed figures and track to track differentials many years ago. Certainly unadjusted times are no more than rough guides. But take the 1.79 seconds difference between the Wood and S.A. Derby times CC's rate of 52.84 fps for his final furlong and you have 94 feet 7 inches, give or take an inch. Divide that by 8 feet per length ( if you don't think a length is 8 feet, read a quarter horse book ), and you have 11.8 lengths. The Aqueduct MAIN track is not that much slower than S.A. The INNER DIRT at the big "A" is . And besides all that, whre is that good closer ? Wickedly Strong looked like he was about to collapse right after the wire in THe Wood. CC galloped out easily and loooked like he could run 9 more furlongs. Horses that win big races are rarely closers, Zenyatta excepted. Horses who do well in big races have the speed an athleticism to obtain position and the ability to kick clear.
I think Cairo Prince has faced 32 horses in his career and beat 31. But for a nose he's undefeated. But it will be 9 weeks Saturday since we've seen him. I detest this " No Races " training method used for Derby horses nowadays.
The only way trainers will be stopped from abhorrent practices is for the owners to dump the shady ones. They control who trains their horses, they control the integrity of the game.
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