I am hoping this year's BC Classic is as exciting as the Blame-Zenyatta match-up in the BC Classic at CD. I was on the finish line for that one, the most exciting finish I have seen in 45 years and the loudest crowd I have ever heard at a race track. I have my tickets to Keeneland and I am counting down the days.
This one was a nice overlay when you looked at his graded stakes starts vs, the rest of the field. I missed that, and didn't cash.
Steven, If you check Ghostzapper's run, he didn't start his Grade I winning streak until July and he beat out Smarty Jones - who missed the TC by half a length- for HOY, so Bayern has a shot. FYI- I felt Smarty got stiffed the year he missed.
clemmbo, in 2005 HOF trainer Nick Zito sent five horses into the gate at the KY Derby for five different owners, none hit the board. Do you think Nick stiffed them all ? I really don't understand your thinking.
All the superlatives go with this one. A horse that captured a lot of fan interest with his winning streak. Horse racing needs more Cigars- for lots of reasons. This one also catapulted Jerry Bailey into a top jockey status. RIP
tmallios, you nailed it !!! I gave almost the same rant when Smarty Jones loses his TC bid AND Ghost Zapper -who didn't start his four graded stakes win streak until July gets HOTY.
I rarely bet the 2 YOs anymore, too unpredictable.
Many contrary opinions, starting with Northern Dancer.
I like this move and the inevitable comparisons to Rachel Alexandra that will start if she wins or loses. Not sure what BC race would be best, TBD.
Other than the TC races in the 60's, I didn't get interested in horse racing until the 70's. Great points everyone has made, but the reality/challenges of todays race tracks is how do we maintain/increase the handle & purses. We all know how that's being addressed nationwide.
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