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Preakness is today! How do you think it will go?

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    I'm happy for War of Will's connections. Sometimes people do get what they deserve. They showed their class in the Derby, and again today.


      And Improbable acted up again. He was acting up in Arkansas when I saw him, and even in the paddock there, well before his gate fit, he looked hot and anxious. He simply doesn't impress me. Hasn't all year. Watch him make me eat those words later in some big one, but horses will do that to you.
      Last edited by dressagetraks; May. 18, 2019, 10:09 PM.
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        Considering the bathroom situation, the trainer's wife's look might have been for another reason, such as needing a ladies room. (Just kidding about the ladies room).

        I'm just glad the horses were all OK.
        Last edited by JanM; May. 18, 2019, 09:23 PM.
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          Originally posted by mommy peanut View Post

          The starter had a hold of BE because he was being an A** in the gate & John was slammed up against the side, didn’t even have both feet in the irons.
          Obviously they weren’t expecting the starter to open the gates at that moment.
          I think the starter was paying more attention to Improbable & his antics & missed BE’s
          Yeah, I saw/heard that later. Somebody wasn't paying attention ...

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            Immediately after WoW crossed the finish line, NBC cut to the trainer and his wife, and they were hugging, and she was smiling and clearly elated. I think her expression later in the interview had to do with the Derby situation and, like someone said above, biting her tongue. But go back and watch it on NBC. Right after the finish, even before the gallop out, there is a shot of her looking plenty happy for you.
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              You can see the starter holding onto #9 saying #$@%@#!!!!! when the gate opens. About 1/2 way through the video.

              Last edited by Joanne; May. 18, 2019, 09:31 PM.


                I thought this was a thoroughly satisfying Preakness.

                Looking forward to the Belmont in three weeks.


                  Originally posted by charismaryllis View Post
                  You know, WoW looked ouchy on his off hind in the winner's circle, and he just looked ouchy again on the way to his stall...
                  He has stringhalt.
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                    Why I do not bet... one of my choices dumped the jock at the start in a pseudo bucking bronc routine (although not a bad as Thunder Snow a few years ago in the Derby ).

                    Other choice ended up 3rd last... sigh

                    Time to get off the Improbable bus (which I wasn't on). Finishing 6th with best placement at the head of the stretch in 4th.
                    Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. An observation that a person's sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. Lord Acton


                      Here's a nice OP ED. I am in complete agreement.


                        Originally posted by Where'sMyWhite View Post
                        Why I do not bet... one of my choices dumped the jock at the start in a pseudo bucking bronc routine (although not a bad as Thunder Snow a few years ago in the Derby ).

                        Other choice ended up 3rd last... sigh

                        Time to get off the Improbable bus (which I wasn't on). Finishing 6th with best placement at the head of the stretch in 4th.
                        You really can't blame the horse. He couldn't go forward, so he went up.



                          So the puppy predictors were replaced by piglets-- and yes, I know that this is for the Kentucky Derby and not the Preakness, but just found this.... uncanny... uncanny.... there were only 15 piglets, so CH was not represented by a piglet.
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                            Originally posted by Barn Mom View Post
                            Is it wrong that I was hoping bodexpress would win sans rider??? Did I hear correctly that he ran an extra lap before the outriders finally got him??? Lawd, what an overachiever!!!

                            Seriously, that could have been ugly, I get it! I’m so relieved that it wasn’t and that the jockey is ok!!!
                            1) No. I was too.
                            2) Yes. I heard them say he did.
                            3) I agree. There was another horse running in another race at Pimlico today, named Overdeliver. I guess Bodexpress could have been named that.
                            4) I agree.
                            5) Me too.

                            Rack on!


                              Originally posted by mintano View Post

                              He has stringhalt.
                              Wow, that's what I thought, but I know almost nothing about stringhalt other than an idea of what it looks like. So stringhalt did not stop him from being a classics winner!


                                Originally posted by mintano View Post

                                He has stringhalt.
                                Do you know the horse and his connections, or is this a guess? Stringhalt would be a pretty rare diagnosis for a 3yr old Thoroughbred.


                                  Originally posted by Sparrowette View Post

                                  Before the Race I was really admiring his butt.
                                  I haven't really noticed his rump, but ... for you and dressagetraks --

                                  Rack on!


                                    And the photo on the front page of the sports section of the WaPo today is— Bodexpress dumping his jockey.
                                    Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                                      Originally posted by charismaryllis View Post
                                      And the photo on the front page of the sports section of the WaPo today is— Bodexpress dumping his jockey.
                                      Thanks for that. My favorite:
                                      "Much respect to Bodexpress for finishing the work day after the boss knocked off at 9:02 a.m."
                                      “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”


                                        Originally posted by Montanas_Girl View Post

                                        I'm glad I'm not the only one who has that thought...every. single. year...
                                        The bugler at Santa Anita played it as I walked in yesterday and I thought the same thing. "Christmas tree?"


                                          Originally posted by Dispatcher View Post

                                          Well, there is truth to that. I certainly was not expecting an Oscar winning speech. I just thought she may have shown some joy rather that looking away with a blank expression. No matter, I it's just my personal opinion that a winner should show some happiness.!

                                          I've been in that position--where the person beside me is being interviewed and I'm just sort of standing there superfluous. A sudden TV interview can be daunting if you're not used to it. From my experience, a couple of things to consider.

                                          First, she probably didn't even realize that the camera was on her. Second, she was probably trying not to be a distraction so that her husband could concentrate on what he wanted to say. And third, she was probably listening intently to what Casse said so she wouldn't sound like an idiot on the off chance that the interviewer lobbed a question to her at the end. So in that moment, she had other things to concentrate on rather worrying about the expression on her face.