Thoroughbred Racing and other opinions.
- He's gonna loooooooooose!
Do they have a Plan B if he does lose?
>>Do they have a Plan B if he does lose?I think that a gallant defeat in his first grass start should at least give him another shot. Otherwise, I don't think Asmussen wants to run him on the dirt at Saratoga based on some things he said last year. So other than perhaps the Jockey Club Gold Cup to the Classic, I'm not sure. Clearly, not too many horses are going to be able to get a race over the new surface at SA before the BC.
My dear Genius Alan,Is the "o" on your keyboard stuck? Do you not wish to see Curlin in the Winner's Circle? Does not the potential of a horse of our times give you a secret thrill if he step-ups and demonstrates that he is a real Superstar?? Even in your almost-backyard???I don't get it. Maybe you should be a contributor to the Paulick Report ('cause I don't get that either, especially today's column ...)
Selfishly, I'd like him to lose so that he remains stateside and possibly goes to the JCGC and Classic. But I also really want him to win on Saturday and add to his burgeoning reputation as a great one ... Good one, Sue.
>>Does not the potential of a horse of our times give you a secret thrill if he step-ups and demonstrates that he is a real Superstar?? Even in your almost-backyard???First of all, I can't go to the race. So just MAYBE I'M A LITTLE BITTER, OK??? :)But from a betting standpoint, there's no such thing as sentiment when it comes to being able to toss a favorite (he will be favored, you think?) on sound principle. I actually have mixed feelings, like Jessica. The idea of Big Brown vs. AP Arrow in the Classic doesn't much excite me. But on the other hand, it would be exciting to see him dominate on grass the way he has on dirt. Whatsmore, we're currently planning a trip to Pairs for the first weekend in October, and it would certainly be cool if he was running in the Arc.
Paris, not Pairs.
Perhaps Jess Jackson has visions of Dr Fager's 4 Eclipse Awards (Division Awards in those days) in one season(1968), never before or since surpassed? Sprinter, turf, handicap division, and HOY, and all of that placed the Doc at # 6 on the Blood Horse all-time list behind only Man O'War, Secretariat, Citation, Kelso, and Count Fleet, and ahead of Native Dancer, Forego, Seattle Slew, and Spectacular Bid in the Top 10. That's some heady company. By the way, 40 years ago this August Dr Fager, 132 and Braulio Baeza aboard, won the Whitney Handicap by eight lengths going away at 1-20 against 3 challengers. I still have the photos taken by my old college pal, a pretty good amateur photog. By the way, Kelso won the Whitney 3 times under 130, the last time at age 8. He developed a loyal following as his fans came out to the track to see Kelso over the course of five racing seasons, 1961-1965. More recently, Fourstardave developed a similar following although not in Grade I events. When are we going to see these kind of race horses again? I hope Curlin can hang in there and keep winning as Jess Jackson is a most deserving owner and patron of the sport. Good luck to Curlin and all of his connections in the Man O' War! Would love to see him run back in the Whitney in 2 weeks but realize that just isn't done anymore.