If thhis indeed will be Pharoahs last race, i only ask of one thing. I do not want to hear a predictable excuse,like he suffered any sort of injury. That would be unfair to Keen Ice,and more American Pharoah. I hope that the real reason , and mostly the most logical reason. He was going to race until he was defeated or until the BC Classic.Whatever came first. No this is not a sore losers mentality,this is not your everyday horse going into the Breeding buisiness. Although they have already sold the season,they do need to get him off to a strong start. By that i mean with alot of momentum. More than likely he can go back and freshen up for the Classic. I have no doubt that he would be an overwhelming favorite. But as the saying goes....Shit Happens. This is racing and always will be. There are no guarantees that you will be at your best everytime out. Due to his stature,they cannot afford another loss.So why risk it in any future race. The Zayats helped give the industry a good kick in the ass,with the overall exposure he gave the game. That is why i think the Travers was his Swan Song. Just please, do not want to hear the injury card being played.
NEWS FLASH !!!!!!!!! American Pharoah lost. So what, accept it and turn the page. The worst thing is listening to TVG(the group that hyped him to no end). I am not questioning A.Ps' talent,nor his accomplishments to date. He lost today for multiple reasons,yet many on TV are trying to pinpoint it. I hear stuff like,Frosted pushed him and leaned on him. What did they expect, a Red Carpet. All day i heard both National telecasts tell me that AP is better if he stays off the pace and can cruise. Well he could not do that,today AP was a bit over the top. All the racing,all the works,all the Travel just caught up with him. He was gallant in defeat,and tried to the very end. Again,like i said before. He lost today,and that is all. He did not get hurt or do something bad. He just lost. Hopefully the critics will not be mean to him,he does not deserve it. To the thousands of new fans he brought to the game. Step up to the plate and support yourself. Just don't go back to your normal lives and forget the game,you supposedly fell in love with(WINK-WINK). To the Media outlets,be it TV or Print. Please do not make excuses and make yourselves look like homers. The headline is simple ....HE LOST that is all.
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I have heard the rumors that supposed to scratch in the Travers. I sure hope that those statment are not true. He stands an excellent chance to run 2nd. With Red and Frosted,to go along with Keen Ice. He will be going off at generous odds. Should presesnt nice value in the 2 spot.
Mary , i want to touch on 1 thing you said above. "Some bettors resent Pharoah for his low odds". You are so off base with that staement,it takes away from the article and makes me wonder. Do you really have a clue what you are talking about. To be homnest and blunt. The bettors appreciate his accomplishments and truly know what they mean. Not like the phoney Johnny come lately fans who only look at his historical value to date. These so called fans have no appreciation for his accomplishments or what he will do in the near future. They are to busy with their headsup their asses,trying to figure out a Fantasy race against the All Time greats. The real bettors look at Pharoah as 1 race. They do not have to try and beat him or make a score everytime a horse steps on the track.
No and please do not compare the marketing of sports to horse racing. To begin with,to get into the track might be a $3 admission. To get into a sporting event is out of this world. To promote a human athlete can lead to endorsements and incredible finances. Horses are nothing . It is not about the die hard.There are no die hards in racing. It is about setting a promotional campaign ,geared to the fans and wagering. Not just bringing them in to see 1 horse and 1 race,then go home and blog about it. Who gives acrap if 50,000 or 100,000 show up. Yet in proportion bet less than a 20,000 crowd there to wager.
To those that are looking at speed figures and thinking that this guy is either not as fast as advertised,or might be vulnerable. I can honestly say that this is one horse out of a small handful,over he past 25 years or so. That speed figures mean absolutely nothing at all. Take his last race for example. How can one quantify how many lengths he ceded ,by wrapping up before the 1/8th poll. The answer is very simple. You can't,so don't even try.
Euro/Jonquil................My favorite European horse will be running at the Spa this weekend. Any information you can add to him. Looks to me as though they are targeting the BC Turf this year by coming so early. I would assume the Major Turf race at Belmont Park end Sept. will be their follow up race,then to the BC Cup. For them to ship into Saratoga and run on such a high profile day. I would have to thin that Flintshire is looking to run a big one.
I never said that these were not good horses.All i said is that in the realm within this race,there are only 2 horses with a remote chance to win this race. That is what happens when you have a Super Dominant Race Horse. Bottom Line is that in regards to the game , anything is better than nothing. But do you people really think that these new found fans,will be coming back for more. Only for the Derby and then the Preakness. If their is no repeat winner, they will be off for another year. That is why many think they love Horse Racing. No they do not. They love Horses participating in the game. I have friends who say they love the Super Bowl. They do not follow it year round,nor support a team. Come the Super Bowl,they love the Hoopla and parties that go along with it. I find it amusing that 5000 fans show up in the mornings to see him work,and be near him. There is a saying in Sports. I root for the name on the front of the Jersey,and not the one on the back. Same with Racing,i could not or never cared the name of a Horse running. Good Horses will come and go and come again. If you are in it,just to see the Superstar.All you are to me,is an Eventer. I have nothing wrong with that. But sometimes,and maybe most of the time. Time ,effort and money is spent to attract this group. Believe me,if by chance their is a TC winner next year.See how fast this faction will get bored.Then they will think that this is he norm,rather than the exception.
Please tell me that you are not serious with that comment. I do not sit home and watch Horse Racing because i am a fan. If i am going to be there and devote my time,there better be something better than a walkover to peak my interest. Otherwise,there are plenty of things i can do on a Summer Afternoon,than stay home and watch American Pharoah race.
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