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  • Sparrowette
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    I know that they have to do it, but the whole situation is incredibly surreal.

    On Roku there's a channel for racing at Saratoga. The TV crew shows as many people as they can (track and barn staff), and of course, the horses, but without the crowds and with interview microphones being at the end of a six-foot stick, it just seems wierd.

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  • LaurieB
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    Originally posted by Maythehorsebewithme View Post
    True that.

    I get that CD delayed the Derby in the hopes that the pandemic would be over or under control by September. But too bad the CD and Pimlico people did not just stick to the original Triple Crown schedule. (NYRA then would have too, and we would have had a real Belmont--mile and one-half.)

    Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.
    or 2020.

    <sigh>

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  • Maythehorsebewithme
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    Originally posted by Texarkana View Post

    I’m glad they finally did the right thing. I couldn’t believe they were still trying to accommodate them at the beginning of this month. I know it’s a heck of a hit, but there was no way.
    True that.

    I get that CD delayed the Derby in the hopes that the pandemic would be over or under control by September. But too bad the CD and Pimlico people did not just stick to the original Triple Crown schedule. (NYRA then would have too, and we would have had a real Belmont--mile and one-half.)

    Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.

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  • Texarkana
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    Originally posted by LaurieB View Post
    There will be no spectators at this year's Kentucky Derby. Also none on Oaks day or any of the racing days at CD that week.

    This was really the only decision they could make.
    I’m glad they finally did the right thing. I couldn’t believe they were still trying to accommodate them at the beginning of this month. I know it’s a heck of a hit, but there was no way.

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  • JohannaStk
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    It isn't surprising and honestly the right decision. Having thousands of people in the stands isn't good and may cause another outbreak of the virus. It would be really bad for racing if that happened.

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  • LaurieB
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    There will be no spectators at this year's Kentucky Derby. Also none on Oaks day or any of the racing days at CD that week.

    This was really the only decision they could make.

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  • Where'sMyWhite
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    Derby Dozen Solidified Byron King's Top 12 on the Road to the Kentucky Derby from BH.com

    Who is your pick?

    I'm still picking Honor A.P. although I think Tiz the Law will be a tough one to beat. May come down to post position. Sounds like Magic Mike will be on Honor A.P.

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  • Where'sMyWhite
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    Originally posted by clint View Post

    According to the Paulick Report, she will be headed to the Oaks rather than face Tiz the Law in the KD, even though she has enough points.
    I'm no trainer nor owner but I would agree... maybe at some point nice, nice fillies like Swiss Skydiver and Gamine could run against the boys but against the likes of Tiz the Law or Honor AP, I'd be thinking stick to the fillies.

    Yes, I'd heard the same thing that Swiss Skydiver was Oaks bound and I believe Gamine is also.

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  • clint
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    Originally posted by Kyrabee View Post
    What about the filly Swiss Skydiver in the KD? Yesterday in the Alabama Stakes (1 1/4 miles) she destroyed the field loping home in front by by 3 1/2 lengths. She was 6+ at the head of the stretch but she literally loped home. She has lost to the boys once...she was second. Pretty impressive filly and 1 1/4 miles was no problem.

    Susan
    According to the Paulick Report, she will be headed to the Oaks rather than face Tiz the Law in the KD, even though she has enough points.

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  • Kyrabee
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    What about the filly Swiss Skydiver in the KD? Yesterday in the Alabama Stakes (1 1/4 miles) she destroyed the field loping home in front by by 3 1/2 lengths. She was 6+ at the head of the stretch but she literally loped home. She has lost to the boys once...she was second. Pretty impressive filly and 1 1/4 miles was no problem.

    Susan

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  • skydy
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    You're not alone. We were all young once, and so very confident in our opinions.

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  • Texarkana
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    skydy That was not me, maybe it was Pronzini.

    But there wasn’t a lot to love about his appearance or temperament in his younger days, from my perspective at the time.

    I was also a green as grass college student who was awfully confident in her opinions founded in the Arabian and H/J worlds. Clearly they were directly applicable to race horses. I don’t know why someone didn’t slug me to get me to shut up. I certainly would have deserved it.

    I also don’t know why I was so lucky to have spent my early 20s around some of the greatest race horses of the time. I was in the right place at the right time for quite a few years. I thought that was “normal.” Now I look back (from my couch) in disbelief.

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  • skydy
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    Originally posted by Where'sMyWhite View Post
    If we could predict the future, we'd all be rich

    On a racing note. Last year I was a fan of Storm the Court, in part because one of TVG's on-air broadcaster's, Brittney Eurton, father, Peter Eurton trains Storm the Court. Watching TVGs camera (and mike) on Brittney the day Storm the Court won the BC Juvenile still brings tears of joy to my eyes.

    I still have a soft sport for Storm the Court but I still don't get why he's in the KD based on his on-track performance this year. I get the thrill of even getting a horse into the KD gate, he has the points, but still. Does the thrill of being in the gate compensate when the horse finishes up the track (watch, he'll win )?
    That was a great racing moment for sure. Here it is if you'd like to relive it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm0czyBYo4M

    Texarkana Someone, when I asked here years ago if Tapit looked like his conformation photo IRL, said that he looked put together by committee. I wonder if it was you?

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  • Texarkana
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    Where'sMyWhite I guess you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

    This year is so atypical why not take a shot?

    The horses are older. More experienced. More fit. More rested. The once in a lifetime atmosphere will now be like any other major race day.

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  • Where'sMyWhite
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    If we could predict the future, we'd all be rich

    On a racing note. Last year I was a fan of Storm the Court, in part because one of TVG's on-air broadcaster's, Brittney Eurton, father, Peter Eurton trains Storm the Court. Watching TVGs camera (and mike) on Brittney the day Storm the Court won the BC Juvenile still brings tears of joy to my eyes.

    I still have a soft sport for Storm the Court but I still don't get why he's in the KD based on his on-track performance this year. I get the thrill of even getting a horse into the KD gate, he has the points, but still. Does the thrill of being in the gate compensate when the horse finishes up the track (watch, he'll win )?

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  • Pronzini
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    Originally posted by Texarkana View Post

    I’ll one up you in breeding genius- I did some work for Michael Dickinson while Tapit was in training. You couldn’t have paid me to breed to him. I vocally suggested gelding him on more than one occasion. Just one more example of my chronic foot-in-mouth-itis.
    Give someone enough time and everyone has these stories. A friend of mine had a mare that about twenty years ago he wanted to breed to a son of Forty Niner, So he went to Kentucky and inspected the candidates. He was shown a stallion just starting out that he thought was a terrible individual and another that he went with who seemed to check all the boxes.

    He bred the mare to Banker's Gold. The terrible individual was Distorted Humor.

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  • Texarkana
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    Originally posted by Pronzini View Post

    I may have told this story before but I did an all show at Gainesway several years ago for the stallions $15k and under and I was shown this new stallion at $12,500 and I privately thought "Are you kidding me".

    Yeah that was Tapit.

    I'm a genius.
    I’ll one up you in breeding genius- I did some work for Michael Dickinson while Tapit was in training. You couldn’t have paid me to breed to him. I vocally suggested gelding him on more than one occasion. Just one more example of my chronic foot-in-mouth-itis.

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  • Pronzini
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    Originally posted by Texarkana View Post
    If only we had a crystal ball when selecting stallion prospects.
    I may have told this story before but I did an all show at Gainesway several years ago for the stallions $15k and under and I was shown this new stallion at $12,500 and I privately thought "Are you kidding me".

    Yeah that was Tapit.

    I'm a genius.

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  • Texarkana
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    If only we had a crystal ball when selecting stallion prospects.

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  • Where'sMyWhite
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    Texarkana yeah.... stands at Spendthrift. I believe his stud fee this year was $60,000 S&N (so a drop from $75,000 last year) with Spendthrift not currently announcing stud fees on their web page.

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