In fairness to Forego, he did not really start to come into his own until late in his 3-year-old season, as could probably be expected for a huge, gangly horse. He was over 17 hands. Forego and Secretariat faced each other once, in the Kentucky Derby, which of course Big Red won while Forego finished fourth. I remember watching Forego win the Discovery Handicap at the end of his 3-year-old season and thinking, wow, he's going to be a great 4-yaer-old. Of course I had no idea how great.
I think Go For Wand had successfully turned back Bayakoa and was starting to pull away when she broke down. They were both extremely tough horses but Go For Wand was the better mare, I believe. Paul Moran from Newsday wrote a great column about the race in which he opined the same thing. I haven't been able to find that column now for sometime but will try to dig it out.
Good Racing Post article on Treve's Arc. Note she ran the last 3 furlongs in under 35 seconds....http://www.racingpost.com/horses/home.sd?story=1542729#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews
Moonlight Cloud was brilliant. Treve came home faster, however: http://www.racingpost.com/horses/home.sd?story=1542729#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews
Oops....the preceding paragraphs are from Daily Racing Form article on the Champagne
I thought it was an awfully big effort for a horse of his type that is just learning and is kind of lazy the first part of it until you do ask him,” Shug McGaughey, the trainer of Honor Code, said. “Once we get him going around two turns and a little bit more racing, he’ll get himself a little more adapted into the race and go from there. I don’t want to change his style of running if that’s what he wants to do.” McGaughey said he would leave the decision about running in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile up to the owners, but he offered the Grade 2 Remsen, a two-turn 1 1/8-mile race at Aqueduct on Nov. 30, as an option.
Considering the way Moonlight Cloud just blew them away in the Foret, I think it's a bit silly to diminish Black Caviar
Just an aside, so happy for Montjeu, grandsire of Treve (her sire, Motivator, is his son). One of my favorite racehorses of the last 20 years and a brilliant stallion who died way too young.
Read last night that Shug is leaning towards the Remsen with Honor Code and doesn't plan to go to the Juvenile with him.
You're welcome. Always thought Genuine Risk was underrated a bit. Ran against the boys all spring and more than held her own. Finished third in the Wood Memorial right before her Derby victory. Tough little filly.
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