well, that's it for me. tried to walk away from this sport last year--was only waiting for dude to retire, but fell off the wagon with all of jerry brown's talk of the best ky derby in 30 years.
bloodhorse account is deleted. i'd delete this one too but it doesn't seem to be any option, so just doing the old--change a password and throw it away.
keep up the good fight. may this great lady find success in whatever the future holds for her. may all the horses come home safe and sound. may the powers that be finally clean this sport up. and may the odds be ever in your favor.
at least now if he loses, we won't have to hear that it was because of his post.
meant to add--thanks a million for posting the gate wins to starts chart!
it's crazy, on dirt at over a mile: 7-8-9 = 2/39, 1/29, 0/17 if the stats hold for the BC, it's going to go down as the worst BC in history bar none. you shouldn't be able to handicap, simply by drawing a big X over all of the horses in gates 4-14. it's just wrong.
for all those that have whined about how unfair SA is, at least at SA you didn't go into to every race knowing that you could basically draw a line through any horse in gates 5-14. if the gate stats hold for the BC races, this will go down in history as the year the BC was a travesty because it was held at a track everyone knew was to small for it. but should any horse beat the odds of their post--they should be recognized to be world beaters and in a class of their own.
another terrible draw for a deserving favorite. nyquist is going to be up against it in post 13. poor o'neil--the odds were not in his favor today--ralis post 10. and cali horses in general are drawing terribly-- swipe post 12. if the cali juvies, including songbird, overcome these posts...they will be forces to be reckoned with next year. the east coasters have no excuse this year. ps: when was the last juvie without both pletcher and baffert?
terrible draw for songbird and rachel's valentina. at least they are both equally disadvantaged. going in i've said that the only single on the entire card, both days, is songbird, now i think will have to re-assess. land over sea gcouldn't have drawn any better and is looking very good and will be a very a good price.
mandella will keep her out of the race, just like last year if she's not 100%. he doesn't risk a horse's health, and he loves this mare. shipping fevers are pretty common. if she doesn't run, the race just went down the toilet--ran, slop, and loss of the one of the best horse's in the race.
mandella doesn't run horses not fit for the race. he'll keep her just like last year if she's not ok. mandella isn't baffert.
she scoped clean and her blood work's fine. slight raise in WBC count. looks like just a run of the mill shipping fever.
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