Hey CFC!! Yes, you are right. The way I look at it, it is anybody's race to win. Look at what happened last year, the best got taken out as soon as the gates open. You just never know. But all you can do is go in with the best. Honor Code should be ready and full of run just like AP Indy was back in 92. Coming on strong at the top of the stretch. It is very exciting! Looking so forward to it.
Yeah. I know. The only way around it, gotta box the two on top and the others under. I only hope that this year its a good clean break!! Gotta bet smart and go with the speed on the lead and the unstoppable powerhouse closer!
Yes Bob, I agree. Honestly, he is the only one I fear.
And very well stated also Larry! Honor Code likes to do things on his own. When he wants and how he wants. Main reason why I never even consider his workouts. (They are too short anyway!) This past weekend, I was really hoping he started his run too late. That was the true prep for the 10f. He's real good. I also have a "crush" on a certain little gelding who was also overly criticized even after winning all but one race in his career. That would be Shared Belief. So while the champ is getting his health back, my attentions have turned to the beauty Honor Code. He's really incredible. His pedigree is killer. Contrary to popular belief, Honor Code and two turns fit like a glove. We have not seen the best of Honor Code yet. We will at 10f. Just like with Shared Belief, who has yet to run at his optimum distance, same goes with Honor Code. He will be coming like a freight train into that stretch. I cant wait!
I agree with you Slew 100%. This guy is a serious race horse! At first I was thrilled that he was running in the Kelso because I figured there was a possibility that they may still be considering the Dirt Mile with him. Then when the track turned up less than optimal and the pace was lackluster, I wanted to see him coming on strong at the end and I wanted to see him run out of track. I wanted him to lose! No Dirt Mile! CLASSIC! I wanted to see him coming on strong mid stretch and run out of track! Which is exactly what he did. He ran that race so well in preparation for a 10f long race it was astonishing. The horse`did exactly what he should have done without overexerting himself. He didnt need that win, he needed to stretch his legs with a full field. This guy has an optimum distance of 11f. One furlong less than his Daddy, AP Indy. With this loss prior to the Classic, it only ensures better odds come Classic Day. Shug knew exactly what he was doing. With LIams Map ensuring a speed of light pace, Honor Code will relish the surface and the distance. Liams Map is a detriment to Pharoah, he is like GOLD to Honor Code (and the Filly). This prep race was the best thing for him. He will be ready to go. Look out Keeneland. Here he comes!
Great article and great points regarding the negativity pointed to this outstanding Champion.
Slew, it is amazing to me how those that think they are the most knowledgeable when it comes to horse racing, constantly and consistently gripe and put down an exceptional horse as if they have something to prove. When in fact, they truly show just how desperate they are for attention. Do you think that the same tired arguments against this champ are as pathetic as I do??!!
This stamina horse beats sprinters at 7f and his winning effort is mocked. Lets see that 70-1 shot go against SB in a 10f race and see where he ends up. He'd still be beind Shared Belief. The clueless just dont understand the concept of optimum distances per each individual horse. They dont get the point that even when Shared Belief is entered into races that he is absolutely not suited for as far distance is concerned, he still has the grit to win even if its by the skin of his teeth. He wins against those that are perfectly suited for that distance. A 70-1 shot comes in second in the Malibu. Oh my God!! Can you believe that a longshot actually ran a good race?! When does that ever happen??!! Just because the betting public disregards a horse at the windows doesnt mean he isnt primed and ready to run. But Shared Belief still beat him and he'd beat him again no matter what distance they ran.
The idea of putting any horse down for actually WINNING his races is about as absurd as one could get. Shared Belief is the ONLY one out of the great runners of 2014 that has won at every distance from 6f on up, even when most of those distances were not optimum for him. To consistently whine about a winning horse is about as low as whining about an unhealthy horse who loses races. It doesnt get much lower than that. The funny thing Slew, is that I log on here maybe once every 2 months, and it is the same old people posting the same nonsense about one of the best horses America has going. It makes me cringe.
I have been studying historical dosage for over 15 years. The addition of the Reines was the part of the puzzle that brought it all home and learning how to dissect it was the main ingredient to being able to read a colt like a book. It is used in conjunction with the Chefs and gives the broad picture of what a horse is truly built on by using numbers instead of names.Just as every 2 year old is assigned numbers from their chefs, they are also assigned numbers from their reines. There are formulas that translate these numbers into index and CD which is the least important numbers, the profile is what is important. When combined together, the true picture of the horse emerges.
Go to HRF-online.com. Small blog with great posters. I have many articles on the subject at this link below:
BTW, Bayern runs so true to his numbers that he should be the poster boy for Chef and Reines Dosage.
Same old stupid tired argument from the 1980's. Horses are made up of more than than just sires, hence the Reines Dosage profiles. Most colts inherit speed from their sires, the stamina comes from the Reines. California Chromes reines where dominant in the Professional Category (16+f), with the secondary in his brilliant category which gave him even more speed. Bayern's reines dominant in the Solid Category (13-14-15F), with the secondary in Classic distance. Shared Belief gained stamina from both his chefs and his Reines (even dominance in Solid and Professional) which gives credence to the fact the he is a standout who has not shown us everything he has yet.
What you would want to find in a perfect horse are those that use what they inherited from BOTH SIDES - not just one and those that far exceed what they inherited. Both Point Given and Secretariat gained their overabundance of speed from their Chefs and used their inherited stamina from their Reines. It is not a one way street. It is also not 1983 so get with it if you want to argue with me.
Most people who have a problem with dosage are those that do not understand it at all.
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