Simplicity and common sense; now there's a thought... I'm afraid even the old timers like Shug will bend and go with the flow rather than break. You could hear that in his voice when he spoke about Orb's premature retirement. Especially unlikely to raise their voices would be those who have benefited. I doubt anything will change. Just another nail in the coffin.
Mallios, I guess that still remains to be seen. It's apparent that at least the SA surface is not agreeing with him, not for daily training anyway.
In the case of Honor Code yesterday, I would think that trainers would protest overnight changes that takes their horse out of his game and favor another - particularly in the big races where you say it's being done. Seems like fertile grounds for corruption!
You sound a lot like me when I was ranting about Shared Belief being "miles better" then everyone else! :) This is the only other horse I had an inkling about after seeing the Cal Cup.The only horse that would give him a race. Will be a great match-up to look forward to- if SB comes back. Don't know what to think or expect anymore. Anyway, Chrome is a more than worthy replacement for what would have been another poor - mediocre year.
Reason I ask is that no one made an issue out of when the GREAt ONES ran, whether NY or Cali.
So the process is the same now as it was back then?
Mallios, what is your opinion on the whole 'fast track' business? From what I understand, it's when the track gets watered between races??... Growing up in New York I spent most of my summers from '77 to '82 at Belmont Park. The best bet of each day was that those 4 red tractors would come rolling down the stretch after EACH race with the water truck bringing up the rear. Is this what is known as 'scraping' the track, why is it such a handicapping issue today? ...thought you might know.
He'll be there to take down Pletcher's million dollar Bernadini baby! Then he'll be back at #1 on everyone's list.
Just added the youtube maiden win at Golden Gate. Guess it's back to where it started!
I caught that interview too. If he resumes 'serious' training (again) next week, there's still 5 weeks to get some good works in him, or at least enough for the Bluegrass - which should be little more than a public workout anyway. There's still a good reason for hope! First Ward said it was a combination of weather and dirt that caused the foot issues. Now Hollendorfer is saying it's the dirt - period.
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