I went on Equibase to see how many starts this boy has, and he has five, not four. Someone forgot to add his second start, this one at Kempton Park on August 29, 2013.
tmallios1, you say boasting at the expense of another horse who can't defend him or herself reminds me a lot of how the Rachel Alexandra fans trash talked Zenyatta for staying in California, where she was based and where she was undefeated. I know that Zenyatta fans bashed Rachel as well, but it's just another example. And I commend and praise Mandella for giving this filly the summer off to recover from her terrible trip to Kentucky. She needed to get back in her right mind or she would never be the same again. Instead of completely being off for those months, she was working out and schooling in the paddock, the gate and even schooling under saddle/jockey. So I just wish others would realize that giving her time off was a good thing.
Princess of Sylmar is a good horse, I will give her that. I do apologize for "trash talking" her as you said, tmallios1, though I had a tough time at decoding what you'd said. But like LAZ said, a lot of good fillies skipped the Saratoga/Belmont/Aqueduct/even Parx gr. I races. So it wasn't just Beholder. And why would you knock a trainer for - MY GOD - putting the best interest of his filly ahead of everything else.
Richard Mandella said that she'd had quite a busy campaign, starting from her debut race in June to January, with only a couple months at best for a rest. And her trainer also said that she'd had a tough time with the excitement during the Kentucky Oaks lead up to the paddock, during the saddling, the post parade, race and afterward. So eff you for judging Mandella and saying that him wanting her to recover from everything is a bad thing.
Looks like someone is butthurt (southern.humor). I'm sorry that your filly POS (what do her initials actually stand for?) didn't win, but when the curtain came up on the biggest stage, it was Beholder that performed the best. Princess only won four Grade I's and so did Beholder. And they both finished second in a Grade II. But honestly, it was Beholder who beat the most star-studded casts. Not POS.
If you'd go watch the replay again, it was Dreaming of Julia who got squeezed. Not Princess of Sylmar. And if you really think about it, having your jockey bail off and falling to the ground (her rump touched the Churchill Downs dirt), that would take a lot out of you. So maybe you should eat your words?
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