Exactly the right outcome. I could not be happier! California Chrome and his connections are so deserving.
A very rough year for losses. It is good to see them remembered in this way.
A number system might work but the one above would need to be tweaked. For instance, if a horse won 2 legs of the 3 Triple Crown races, and it could be any two, the second race should be weighted higher because of the closeness of the races.If a horse should win all 3 (yes, I know I am dreaming) then it's over and that horse wins HOTY. Here is the problem though with a point system, it takes out the intangibles that cannot be factored in by a point system. For example, the increase in viewing/fan base when horses like Zenyatta, Rachel and California Chrome are on the radar. They captured the imagination of the public. But how do you quantify that with a point system or the feel good story behind the breeding and training of California Chrome, the Cinderella horse of the past 5 years? How do you weight 19 wins in a row over several years as in Zenyatta's case? The only way to factor them in is to not have a point system. So, I think it should be left alone. Usually, the voters get it right.
Very happy to see this. He is a very deserving winner and so are all his connections. Hope this foretells how the Eclipse Awards shake out.
I like Bob Baffert and i totally expect him to support Bayern for HOTY, but the same argument he makes against Chrome could be made against Bayern: If Bayern doesn't get the lead on a fast track, he doesn't win. Chrome did get boxed in during the Belmont but it was his 3rd Triple Crown race. Big difference. When Chrome lost he didn't lose badly. When Bayern lost, he lost big time. HOTY should be California Chrome's.
I am so glad you revised HOTY and 3YO. I am hoping the people with the power of the vote get it too. California Chrome so deserves both honors.
Right as always Mike.
Actually, the fans who really follow horse racing vote for the horse with the record. Generally, if there is an overwhelming favorite for HOTY it is because the horse has EARNED it, not because it is a popularity contest per se. In other words, they are popular for a very good reason: ability and record. There are rare occasions when you have two equally deserving and popular candidates i.e. Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra and then it gets interesting.
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