Smiling too my friend!!! SB was only 3 3/4 off the finish line and only a short little length behind your guy Chrome. I am jealous of you right now, being at those great races in person. However, kinda glad I wasnt there at the Breeders Cup to see SB get knocked around so much. Great to see passionate people who love this sport and stand up for their favorites. Very cool indeed! I saw your guy live at PA Derby. I gotta tell ya, that day, he looked like a horse who just spent a few months drinking those beers laying by a pool somewhere, especially when he was standing next to muscleman Tapiture!! At the very least he did appear a bit more fit at BC. Anyway, gearing up for the Cigar Mile. Im a sucker for Vyjack, however Im looking very closely at Regally Ready. Im liking what I am seeing!!! You're a keeper James! A definite Keeper!!
James, I can definitely see how you would want Bayern in there ... to knock SB out of fair competition again!!! Good call!! Remember, Chrome had a fair shot at the finish line but failed. Shared Belief was required to start the race sideways and only came a length behind Chrome at the finish line. Toast of New York beat Chrome but he wasnt ever getting by Shared Belief in a fair race in The Pacific Classic. I'd sell everything I had and bet it all on Shared Belief's pretty little nose running on turf against not only Chrome but pretty much every horse out there with the exception of Wise Dan... But its cool James, if you agree with Dance with Fate then I gotta give ya a pass!! :) Yep, its a start.
If they do put Chrome into this Turf race, my only wish for the year would be that Shared Belief was entered and as well. Would love to see SB show up in the gate right next to Chrome. Because there is no question, turf or dirt, Shared Belief is in a league all his own and then he would own HOY without question. I know that is wishful thinking. The excuses would be rampant. So if I can't have that wish, my other would be that the HOY be scrapped entirely and instead of awarding it to simply "The Derby Winner who lost his last three"... this year, change the name of the award and give it to the three year old who had serious crazy potential and had it all cut away way too soon - Give it to Dance with Fate. Change it up a little and recognize a great one who left way too soon. I know, a bit sentimental, but If only wishes could come true!
Wow! If you ever get the time, check out photos of Jackson Bend and compare them to Shared Belief. They look like twins. Little guys! Even their stride and the way they stand, so similar. And so exciting to watch. There was nothing better than times when JB ran with Shackleford. Smiling just thinking about it!! But SB has all that stamina that Jackson missed out on. Two ends of the spectrum, but so similar none the less. Jackson was so special!! Number one reason for my obsession with SB. Plus, I am a degenerate!!!!!! Great talking with you Mike!!! I will be on the look out for you!!
I guess my point is that CC came in 4th in the PA Derby, beat on even terms and 3rd in the Classic on even terms. He lost a couple of races there all on his own. SB went undefeated and twice was messed with in 2 separate races. He prevailed in one of them, the other, he just got banged around way too much. Personally, I think Chrome is a great horse, I think Shared Belief is in another stratosphere altogether. But that is why we all have our own opinions and its cool. We can see things differently, but civilly. Thats the part of horse racing that I like. One of the main reasons why I personally love the horse is that he reminds me very much of a little Jackson Bend in his prime, but with a boat load of stamina to go with it. I find that very appealing. I also like that he takes to different surfaces and he has a strong will to win, similar to how Samraat started his career. We all tend to gravitate to different horses for different reasons and defend them. There is nothing at all wrong with that. Nothing at all....................
I gotcha Mike. I was just trying to emphasize that SB had a stellar and impeccable year. The obvious and unfortunate hard ride he faced in the Classic should not be the reason he is tossed from consideration. All of the bigshots being considered for the high awards also lost a few races along the way. The difference was they were beat on even terms, SB not so much.
So. He was entered. His connections apparently believed he was up for the challenge. SB beat him. He's in a league all his own.
I wouldn't worry much over negativity. All that matters is that you had the best of the best going into the race. Unfortunately the turn of events on the track where too much to overcome. But given what actually did transpire, Shared Belief's performance was nothing short of spectacular. This is something that can never be taken away from him. 3 3/4 from the finish line after the two mishaps is astounding by anyone's measure.
I totally agree with your thoughts slewcrew. Here's a horse who was the ONLY undefeated one of the bunch. FLAWLESS. Didn't matter the surface. He comes in 4th after finding himself sideways 9 feet out of the gate. He loses the race by only 4 lengths after checking hard at the 1/4 pole. However, we should all consider him a common allowance horse and forget that he was undefeated in Graded stakes races and beating the bulk of the field, losing the finish line by only 4 lengths after the horrendous ride he found himself with. Yeah, sounds like a real bad horse. One that should just be forgotten. Makes sense. What the heck were we all thinking??? His 7 undefeated races really didn't happen. He didnt do anything really special at Santa Anita in the Awesome stakes except win. Oh, and that Pacific Classic. What a dud race that was. Game on Dude is still scratching his head over that one. But then again, Chrome WAS a monster in PA. A real trooper.
That is too funny. You still have that annoying know it all perspective on yourself. Things never change. In your review of Vyjacks last 10 races did you take into consideration the health of the horse and the year lay off at precisely the time when colts of his age are growing and coming into their own? Also, one of the main ingredients to handicapping is knowing beforehand how the race will set up, how fast a pace or how slow and who will benefit or who will not. How the bias plays to their strengths and what is running in their veins to propel them at the given distance. Not every horse is a speedster up front, they all run differently and it is in this understanding where one needs not waste gambling profits on a dutch bet and goes to the windows with confidence. I kinda like the fact that your understanding of certain horses is muddled, as always, makes your comments comical and shows your lack of connection with the soul of racing. The output of your computer programs diminishes passion for the good old fashioned excitement of the races. To be honest, for someone so dedicated to posting on a horse racing website, I actually feel sorry for you that you are missing the bigger picture of how great these horses are and just how spectacular this sport truly is. My wish for you, my friend, is that you turn off your program for one weekend and handicap the races off of that beloved paper racing form. Watch the replays of the entrants and get a true feel for their power. Handicap from yourself like your life depends on it. I guarantee that you will enjoy that weekend more than you have in years. As usual, much luck to you my friend.
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