Couldn't agree more. Very sad what happened to Barbaro and he might have become a great horse, but to compare his major accomplishments (FL Derby and Kent. Derby) to what AP just did is insane. AP towers above Barbaro.
If only it were that easy. Just look back a couple years - Shackleford folded late in the Derby after setting some very easy fractions. He looked like an easy cross out in the Preakness. Yet, two weeks after the Derby he was on or near the pace with insanely fast fractions and holds on to win. I agree with your logic, but you never know what these horses are going to do.
I have a chunk of horse sh*t dropped by Animal Kingdom right before entering the starting gate in the Derby - let me know if anyone wants to buy it.
Obviously impossible to say if he would win the Derby or not. But, his 2nd in the FOY while being part of a suicide pace and being hurt was as game a race as you'll ever see a horse run.
rafirox - regarding your comment on jockeys - was Johhny V. just messing around on days where he went winless or was he maybe just on horses who didn't run well that day? Not saying jockeys are meaningless, but they mean little compared to the horse they are riding.
The UAE Derby??? No chance they would ship him across the world and run in 2 weeks.
To make that a valid discussion point, we need to ask how many horses have run in the Derby w/o running as a 2 year old. If the sample size is small, it's a meaningless point.
So who ran the most impressive race last weekend ... Revolutionary or Verrazano? I'm confused.
Not sure if a TC winner has ever fit that scenario, but IHA will be a huge betting favorite in the Belmont. I know there have been horses who've won the first 2 legs as non betting favorites. Charismatic comes to mind.
Congrats to the horse and connections - well deserved. But, I don't see him mowing down the field in the Preakness. Watch the over head replay - he got the perfect trip. Will be tough to get that dream set up again and this is a very deep field. I think hopes of a triple crown will be over in 2 weeks.
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