Surprised not to see anything here yet. So what does everyone thing? Did Twirling Candy get beat due to the distance? Being bumped around like a ping-pong ball at the top of the stretch? Or was he over-rated to begin with?
He had a horrible trip in many was so it's hard to judge his ability over the distance. That was one rough race -like watching billiard balls bounce around. Kudos to Game on Dude and Setsuko for their great efforts. I can see split opinion on the inquiry but it would have been more 50-50 perhaps if the jockey had been male.
“The last time I heard that much booing was when Arnold Schwarzenegger was at Hollywood Park,“ said winning trainer Bob Baffert, referring to the former California governor’s trip to the races in November 2009.
The purpose of a handicap race is not to solely pile weight onto a horse for the sake of doing so. It's purpose is to equalize a field of variously talented horses by using weight and an 8 pound spread is pretty huge nowadays. If anything needs to be blamed, then the graded stakes system is probably the most responsible for the lack of "true" handicap racing and the huge weight spreads from years past.
Just another reason to disband the grades stakes system, which is my opinion has done more long term harm to racing than any medication.
The purpose of a handicap race is not to solely pile weight onto a horse for the sake of doing so.
Trust me I understand what handicapping is and the purpose for it. That said Chantal only got the mount because PVal and Corey Nakatani couldn't make weight of that low.
California has for whatever reason assigned stupid low weights - which puts more pressure on jocks - in a desire for speed. When Twirling Candy went off in the Strub Stakes last month he toted 123lbs. That is silly considering he had been putting in the lightening fast times as of late.
They didn't give him 126-lbs (as they should've) only because of one reason: more weight makes the owner/trainer balk and without the horse you have less money wagered. Pure and simple.
All the So. California big graded races are carrying silly lower and lower weights. Does that mean today's horses aren't capable of running with 126-lbs? That is the standard measure for the classic distance pure and simple for freaking 3-yr old let alone Twirling Candy at 4-yrs old and holding that track's record for the distance.
If all things are equal and the spread is still the same between the lowest handicap horse and highest shouldn't they be able to run with the same typical weights seen in 1980? I do think for a handicap race it is a sad state of affairs to suggest we need to get lower just to satisfy owners and trainers and coax them to run their horse.