It is difficult to compare performances on completely different race tracks. Let alone races on the same race track! Although Santa Anita has always been very consistent... probably due to the extremely dry climate.
Plus it is hard to say if Chrome could even win a race at Saratoga. it is the graveyard of champions.. but for some reason wonderful for a few underdogs. Arrogate has won just fine at Santa Anita... but I don't know.. Chrome is an older male horse with extreme talent and tons of experience and has the same jockey. He is the most dangerous by far... Arrogate might be just as talented.. but he has little experience. We know Chrome, but we can't say we know Arrogate.
Who knows they might be, but keep in mind both Ruffian and Barbaro were bay which I believe is the most common horse color behind chestnut. Statistically you will see those two horse colors do.. well just about anything more than any other color.
I'm sure Arrogate is going to turn out to be a pretty special race horse.
Good! Why whip a horse for no reason? Plus some horses become even more resistant when whipped, maybe frosted is one of those horses? I didn't see a horse that needed to be whipped anyway. Even though he lost you can still see his huge bursts of energy down the stretch. In my opinion, going so wide was the real enemy here.
In my opinion frosted had no problem going in the stretch.. after all he only lost by a head. He would have definitely won this race by at least a couple of lengths if he hadn't gone so wide.
American Pharoah must have kicked up some super horse dust onto Frosted!
You're absolutely right, Baffert is just talking her up like any trainer would (eblouissante for example). AP has a stride I have never seen from a thoroughbred, and if she had the same stride then wow we have hit the jackpot of several lifetimes twice in a row!
However, I don't know how AP's stride looked as an early 2yr old. Besides, she doesn't need the same stride to be a great racehorse. AP is just 1 in a billion.
I believe AP is an extremely flexible thoroughbred that lets him gain ground and more, similar to a cheetah or a greyhound. In this video they explain how this allows these animals to have a different gallop called "rotary gallop". I would love to see a full on slow motion video of pharoah's gallop to see how he differs from the fastest animals on the planet.
Why aren't they stretching him out? He ran great at 1 1/16th
Every breath is a blessing, especially with these athletes. We created the thoroughbred, we put their lives on the line every single day, and it's our job to protect them. It's incredibly sad to see what people will do to innocent animals when money is involved.
I hope so, the big guy has a lot of physical problems! I really hope nothing happens to him. It'd be awesome if he was able to recover like Animal Kingdom did.
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