Also the derby was faster this year than last year, and California Chrome then went on to win a Preakness as fast as the best! Plus I almost thought American Pharoah was Animal Kingdom with how wide he was. He ran a long race, remember how shared belief only won by a nose? If Pharoah had firing line's trip it would have been faster and he would have won by more ... and probably easily too.
It's really unfortunate that he doesn't have much experience. He's very talented, but he was immature enough as it is going into the derby and then additionally getting post 3.. incredible that he was good enough to get 6th.
I agree but I think American Pharoah is even better than Bodemeister which I didn't even know was possible. In his last start he showed that he can relax early and stalk, that is something Bodemeister couldn't seem to do very well. It's almost impossible to wire the Kentucky Derby, and it is incredible that Bodemeister almost did it with those blistering fractions. Also if you watch them side by side in the Arkansas Derby his time was even faster than Bodemeister, and he wasn't even asked. Bodemeister was also whipped a few times in the stretch, American Pharoah effortlessly took off all on his own.
I take it that he will come back in the fall at the earliest. I wouldn't get my hopes up though! He probably won't be raced until next year. Maybe longer! With a gelding, you can take all the time in the world.
He has got nothing but respect from me! He saved Itsmyluckyday.... and now Shared Belief! I hope people now understand that a horse doesn't necessarily have to show huge signs of being in pain to have an injury that could be/get serious. Glad Mike Smith understands that!
After what happened with Itsmyluckyday, I trust Mike Smith's judgement. I was pretty worried when that happened, Mike Smith looked very upset...
Yay! Wins the Frank E. Kilroe mile!!!
I would, but what if I mess it up further? Oh nooo.. then we're even more doomed.. Ahhhh!!!
Kinda ironic that you're bothered by what bothers me, so far it seems like we have similar ... "problems"
Agreed! Then maybe next year he will go to Dubai :D
They keep saying at least Chrome is a turf horse, why not try the turf with Shared Belief? I mean if he did just as great on it.. that would be pretty awesome.
Plus it's less harsh which seems to be the biggest concern for Shared Belief.
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