Thanks for this! I've been wondering whether he was going to be okay.
Another good point to add is that the JCGC that he ran in was two years ago. That was 2009 and this 2011. He has definitely improved in that amount of time. Also, the Bond did say that he struggled in the slop that day of JCGC 2009; Bond said he gave all his heart out even when he was 23-1 and didn't like the slop. Since keeping an eye on him, Tizway has impressed me with his improvement. And let's not forget, if we are talking about maturing over time in age, Tizway is by Tiznow, who became even better over time.
Now, I'm not saying she isn't going to be Horse of the Year. There's just a lot of time inbetween now and November. She DOES have the potential of being one at the end of the year because she is going on the up and up.
That's only a big if, though. And she is also running in the Beldame before then, which I'm expecting her to win. She's only run and won in two grade races, one of which was against males in the Woodward, but I wouldn't be going out of my way to say she's Horse of the Year, now. She has to prove that herself by winning the Breederscup Classic, and not running and winning in the Breederscup Ladie's Classic.
Wow! I can definitely see that, then. And the horse he ran second to is Tizway, which is one reason why you named Tizway as number one on your list, then?
Just for clarity, I didn't mean for my comment to sound like sarcasm. Since that is the case that he's beaten winners of those stakes races in just two races, that is indeed impressive.
Thank you for this, DH. I didn't realize the winners he has beaten all came from different stakes and from different tracks from all over, not just in one state but also in multiple states. He is quite the traveler.
Unfortunately, the list you just provided has a consistent majority of turf and synthetic surfaces. Acclamation will mostly be docked because of it. The Horse of the Year honors has mostly gone to the horses that have predominately or primarily raced on dirt, historically speaking. Yes, the list of races are impressive ones; however, as far as I can see, I don't see any mention of dirt.
What an amazing mare! And I'm loving the "Undefeated Watch List" :).
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