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You make a great point about the short time span. Humans usually develop deep feelings of affection over time. Most of the horses we love, were in our consciousness their juvy year. Justify burst on the scene, and subconsciously, some may feel that he didn't "pay his dues". For me, that's precisely what makes him special. I was not super impressed with any one of his races. It is his meteoric rise to the top in such a short time, handling all the various challenges, that I find most impressive.
Thanks for the read.
The first time I saw video of Justify, my thought was, he had the motion that most resembled a rocking horse, that I had ever seen. Was like I was watching I toy horse from a swiss watchmaker from long ago. He could of went around again...and again.
Poetry in motion.
Being by Scat Daddy, gotta be monster on turf. Send him to the Arc, have Soumillon ride.
this is a pretty good back and forth.
i have seen a couple of interviews recently talking about more
deep pockets and others to get a piece of the ownership of tbreds
and the strategy will be like this race with more investors with a piece of
multiple horses in the same g1 races and it will have talking points from the group team
on the strategy for the race scenario for the best results for their group and the plan for each horse
and part of that will be who to leave out of a race that can comprimise for the biggest return
on their money invested. all legal and randomly done before and more often part of a cappers
nightmare to go with the special feed.
anyone else see those interviews ?
I agree, I wasn't a fan of this horse or American Pharoah. The only time either horse was challenged in their careers, one barely held off a 67-1 Derby 6th place finisher and the other went down to Keen Ice. Sour grapes, for sure.
After rooting for Triple Crowns from my Derby picks (War Emblem, California Chrome), only to see them go down, I tried to remove the fandom from the race and focus on the betting.
Just because Justify won the TC doesn't mean I'll be waiting to put an Apollo or Storm Cat on top in future Derbies.
I have not seen those but I learned a lesson that I wish I was still ignorant about and I feel stupid for not taking the reason Hope was in the race seriously enough when the draw came out. I agree with Steve that Justify didn’t need the help and it’s a bad look on the ownership. Just one more black eye I’ll have to swallow if I’m to continue to be a fan of the sport I guess because I agree we’re going to be seeing this more and more. Maybe this stuff has been going on for decades and I was simply naive and under the impression that the sport had more integrity than it ever actually had? It saddens me because I actually like Justify but he’ll forever have a little asterisk next to his name in the back of my mind, especially when I think of some that never got their TC like Smarty because of the way they were ganged up on.
Thanks for the article Winter, that was awesome. That man needs to write a book.
part of it for Baffert is being a savvy businessman,he trys to keep all of that good
team of his out of the spotlight and pay them enough to keep them happy and stay
jimmy barnes and his wife Dana have had offers to work for others
and BB pays them enough to keep them from going out on their own.
you don't hear much about new trainers learning there trade from Baffert
like you do learning with Lucas.
Baffert is very good at the sales and has a good eye for potential talent.
you don't hear to much about the jealousy from florida and kentucky
like 10 years ago when he buys horses out from under them at their sales.
most on here know his known negatives and his experiments with drugs and feed
with all of those positives i wonder why he has the needs to be a head of the known
level playing field. must be greed
i read your article after my last post.
thank you it was well written.
it would be nice if Baffert would take him to a big race like Lucas did with Winning colors.
Bob Baffert going on the way to winners circle said paraphrased: Great to be an American, got help from Upstairs, and a mention of parents. At trophy presentation acknowledged team. Way after everybody left the TV screen.
At trophy presentation mentioned staff and crew. In DR F article pre-Bel Stks the exercise rider could speak to the press and be quoted. Back @ Am Pharoah owner and trainer made generous donation of win $ in 6 figures.