Easiest? Really? I thought Belmont was the hardest because of the extra distance (1 1/2 miles vs. 1 1/4).
The Derby is a mile and a quarter, the Preakness is a tad shorter at a mile & 3/16ths. The Belmont is one of the very few races anywhere that goes a mile and a half. It's likely the longest any of these horses will ever be asked to run.
Without Bodemeister in the field, I'll Have Another has to be considered the prohibitive favorite. The Belmont is a stretch-runner's race, and I'll Have Another has certainly proven to be an excellent stretch-runner. That hasn't always been the case with the previous horses from the past 34 years who needed to win at Belmont to get the Triple Crown.
A stretch-runner, and no Bodemeister to contend with. He'll be the prohibitive favorite for two very, very good reasons. I think he'll get the job done.
Bodemeister's not going to run? What, he had a prior engagement?
Stud fees are KILLING the Triple Crown, primarily the Belmont Stakes. There's too much money in making perfect horses fuck to risk an injury if you dont win the Derby. Bodemeister had a tremendous showing in the first two races, which most likely sent his stud fees as high as you can get without winning either race. There's nothing for the owners to gain by running him again. I can see a Derby winner not running Preakness in the near future because the owner doesnt want to risk any injury or anything else that would reduce the stud fee. -- You're so vain... I bet you think this post is about you.
That's brutal, as far as racing is concerned. But they're doing the right thing. If that horse were to break down or suffer some permanent injury during the Belmont, it would be a huge black mark for the owner, trainer, and racing in general.
Don't know if retiring him is the right thing or not, but The Dv8or has already explained what that's all about.
I feel bad for the horse and "rags to riches" jockey. The horse was under heavy scrutiny in New York. It all begins to smell shady, to me. Horse racing is already a shady sport where heavy money is involved. -- My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."
I feel bad for the horse and "rags to riches" jockey. The horse was under heavy scrutiny in New York. It all begins to smell shady, to me. Horse racing is already a shady sport where heavy money is involved.
quote:ONeills documented violations included misdeeds such as not reporting that a horse was gelded, submitting a false scratch card, and entering an ineligible horse - stuff that seems more sloppy than diabolical.
There's hardly a trainer anywhere that doesn't have a suspension or two on his resume, much less a list of violations. That goes for jockeys, too. It's the nature of the beast, so to speak; the nature of the business they're involved in. No, horse racing is not the honorable and unsullied "Sport Of Kings" some wistful chroniclers would have us believe it is.
Horses today have no character. Not running because of tendonitis? When I was a kid horses would race even if they had no legs. You'd seem them out there furiously waving their leg stumps, trying to win, while the jockeys dragged them along.