As amino said. The water trucks might even break the speed of sound.
Since when is Florida not rainy?
Why won't Baffert just trailer him to Los Al or San Luis Rey if the track's off at the Great Race Place? I don't imagine it's worth $12 mil to leave him in a stall... and let us remember we had a triple crown winner prep off walking in the shedrow!
You had Songbird for HOY last (this) year too..
... California Chrome
And Drefong, Connect, Gun Runner, Dortmund, Keen Ice,...
Miesque deserves inclusion.
I would theorize that the syndicates place more interest in soundness and might be steering the trend, but who knows. Then again, is Chrome sound just because his owners decided to keep in the game for so long? Is he as sound as Pharoah?
While NY did suffer as Lopresti focused Dan on Spring and Fall campaigns, saying that the Fourstardave isn't a big race is pure bullshit. It was just upgraded to G1 status, and is by far NYRA's toughest turf mile. And it doesn't matter if he had a distance specialty because he won at the races at that distance! Is this about racing season or horse?
While Dan may have benefited from horses who did not complete their seasons, his awards are nonetheless a testament to the strength of his own season, and it should be recognized that his own division was in no way lacking in quality.
Why did Dan have to prove his greatness? All he had to do was win races, and he did that. If Frankel was so great, why didn't he come face Dan? And now you attack Dan for weak competition and decide to hand HOTY to Game on Dude, a horse who faced the quality Chrome just ran against?
It doesn't matter where Dan ranked, what matters was his season, and it was magnificent.
You can assign that to him, but he never ran at "the middle America tracks" besides Turfway, Churchill on its 2 biggest days, and Keeneland.. I also doubt how many were worried that middle America's racing was dying. Baffert continuously sends his best Derby hopes to Oaklawn, the Apple Blossom has had most of the top fillies and mares,... I would think a horse like Work all Week wouldve fit the job description better.
And the Pegasus isn't owners thinking -- it's businessmen
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