She was hand ridden most the time and literally urged for two seconds of the stretch with maybe a couple strikes of the whip. In the end she was lengthening away once again from Abel Tasman who seemed to have hit the wall at that point who actually was all out. That does not look to me at all like a horse who was in any danger of losing. In fact, I think if the race was longer her lead would have increased once again.
Besides, we have no clue who Abel Tasman is. Maybe this year would be her year if it wasn't for Unique Bella.
Have to disagree, her long and flexible stride glides her across the ground which put her in the front so easy. To me Arrogate's stride is no where near similar to hers.
Wow! She has that same stride American Pharoah has.
I was literally just wondering how both current Bodemeister and kitten's joy offspring were doing. Funny to hit two balls in one after doing a little googling! Excited to see how this colt turns out, talk about the perfect pedigree for the classic distances.
What a shock! I'll never forget her, she was one of the most beautiful thoroughbred mares. RIP
Wasn't he going to eventually stand at stud in the USA? Or am I crazy?
Also.. I miss this guy!!! He made me really fall in love with racing. I waited so long to see him run again in the BC Mile... and boy it was an incredible race. One moment you think he is in deep trouble and then in the last second he explodes. Crazy to think he came off a giant layoff.. should have gone back to the BC mile again in 2013!!!
You must be new to American dirt racing.. it really is not crazy at all.
1. Horses that win BC Juvenile do not normally go on to win any triple crown race... (not that they can't do it.. they just need to be both good and sturdy enough.) In fact it could be exactly why American Pharoah had the perfect shot at the triple crown. Especially with Texas Red out of the way...
2. It is also likely that we have a little while to go before we have even seen the derby winner this year.
I'm not too sure about this horse, deep down my gut is saying that this horse is not the one. After all.. it will only take another Not This Time to catch him at 1 1/4 which is just not convincing to me.
At the same time I feel like I can't exactly trust the gulfstream racetrack either. It seems like every horse that does well at gulfstream does not do well anywhere else and sometimes vice versa.. like when Social Inclusion beat Honor Code like nothing. Or when it made Wildcat Red and General A Rod look like super horses. I understand that was a little while back and things this year will be different. I just won't be judging Classic Empire based on this race. However, I do need to see more out of him before I will get on board.
While Chrome is supposed to be retired, every other horse in other disciplines are just beginning their careers. Although race horses certainly do deserve the early retirement after working their butts off for those early stages of their life... I have always wondered what it would be like to see "older" horses racing. Chrome will have at least a super long rest before his next start which will be great. I'm not going to get too excited about it though because humans have a hard time breaking habits and traditions.
It is also important to have consistency with these animals, so I am guessing a lot more work will go into this than just letting him retire. They will have to start working him again and they will also probably want to figure out a prep race. If he gets stressed out from too sudden of a change in conditions he could get sick or hurt. However, we all know Art Sherman would be more than happy and would certainly have the patience to start training him again.
Being 4th in his last might not be so bad now considering Arrogate won! Does anyone have the replay of his last race?
Either Chrome was injured and hurting or just done with the whole thing. He was showing resistance before the race and didn't even want to load which I have never seen him do before (at least as a mature older horse). It was the complete opposite of how he was acting before the breeders cup classic when he was super relaxed with his head hanging low.
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