"On the morning following Lookin At Lucky's victory in the 135th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 15, trainer Bob Baffert said the colt would be given a break and will not contest the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in three weeks."
Just curious about the positioning of the outriders--I realize Dublin broke too far right, but they seemed totally in the way and almost distracting? Was that a normal place for them to be with that many in the gate?
Seemed like the outrider did Dublin a favor! I assume they need to be near the start in case of a false start of lost rider coming out of the gate? It is a narrower track, but it looked like they knew what they were doing!
I bet on Super Saver but what sticks in my craw is, the horse was already loaded when the commentator-on-hoseback mentioned he'd lost a few pounds that week.
It's pretty normal for racehorses, especially running & campaigning as hard as these triple crown contenders do, to go up & down in weight. Heck, the picture they had on bloodhorse of Lookin At Lucky right after the derby showed his toll (weight loss) from the Derby.
The other main thing that stood out to me in the race is that Dublin took a right turn out of the gate and looked like he wanted to run into the stands. Don't know what that was about, but his backers could have torn up their tickets in the first 50 yards.
ETA: Just saw above posted at the same time. So he was sore?
Not necessarily sore Dublin is known for going for the fence.
According to the "Indian Charlie" racing newsletter, D. Wayne erected an eight-foot chain-link fence before the race to protect "race fans and the general public in and around Hayward Avenue."
I've just finished watching NBC's complete broadcast - had only seen the race segment on Saturday. I must say, I was so sick of the story of Super Saver, Borrel, and Pletcher by the time they finished telling it over and over. It is a great story, but jeez, maybe one feature on them instead of multiple extended features saying basically the same thing (with the special title and extending over multiple commercial breaks)? I was left thinking it was a good thing that SS didn't win and wasn't going for the TC, because after all the screen time he and connections got for their stories on the Preakness broadcast, NBC would have been digging under rocks to come up with anything remotely new for the Belmont prerace. A little bit of balance maybe? That was more hoopla and back story than I've seen the prerace Belmont broadcast devoted to with several of the recent TC contenders. And this was just the Preakness, with the Derby winner having run a good race but hardly having looked lights out, overpowering, Secretariat here we come. That much attention to SS's story in the broadcast was premature, IMHO. Yes, Calvin predicted a TC (we saw that clip many, many times). Still, it was overdone.
That said, at least it was about horses. The NBC Derby broadcast might have been about some other sport entirely for a large part of it.