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smartyslew said...In a 7f race Caddo River got the lead down the stretch and gave way eye ball to eye ball.
he doesn't like any horse around him imo. Maybe his wins were in weak fields,
I should have re-watched his races. My bad.
Caddo River looked dead tired in the stretch, looking for someplace to lay down, almost took out another horse!
Didn’t help that Geroux had him under a stranglehold
Gerh said...Didn’t help that Geroux had him under a stranglehold
That's exactly it, Gerh. THat horse used up all his energy "fighting" the jockey.
which shoud not have happened.
When I get a chance I'll try to find a replay and I think Stauffer mentions it
and he has binoculars on the field and I can't remember what he actually says.
I think he said that Caddo River was pumped up and wanted to get back in front
I just watched a replay having missed the race yesterday.
Caddo River was very eager to run free & one would think Geroux, with his experience riding the horse, would not employ such strong-arm restraint. It hurt Caddo River's chances in two ways. Physical & mental.
The result of the poor ride was seen in the stretch as the poor colt reeled down to the wire.
He wasn't just tired, he was mentally frayed as well.
run free and out of control was how the live feed looked to me
after watching the replay I agree with your strong arm restraint
Sometimes the horse gets out of control and the jock doesn't stand a chance
Usually I have a lot confidence for Geroux , well I still do nobody is perfect.
I have done well with this jock and I didn't bet the race, and I'm really surprised.
Oh, I agree with you. Geroux is a top flight talent & even those we consider the historical best of the best are not perfect.
I think it's a rather common mistake, as well, to win the battle & lose the war. Work the horse over to restrain & take the starch out in the meanwhile.
One thing for sure is that he made Concert Tour's race a lot easier. Baffert with another really good one. Ho-hum.
The NYRA circuit - New Yok jockeys as a colony, the last 5 years, to date is the best I've ever seen.
Once Mike Smith retires the irons, even Baffert will ship from Calf. and use the NYRA riders at the big day, big card races. Owners will be insistent as well.