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Derma Sotogake went out again this morning for a 4 furlong blowout. He was not happy being restrained early but he settled down and finished up very well.
The Americans are still expressing ignorance why the Japanese do what they do. I mean, how hard would it be to go to the Japanese liaison Kate Hunter and ask, "why are Derma and Continuar working so close to the race? It's not what the Americans do."
Then, she would either translate the reason if a Japanese horseman was nearby or tell them herself.
Maybe they don't care. That would be really ignorant though.
I saw it. All anyone in the US cares about is what their stopwatch says, never mind they gallop along before actually letting them run for a bit. I think it makes them hungry to run. American trainers wouldn’t dream of letting them do more than walk four days before the race.
Ya know, Steve, I've been commenting upon that habit for ages.....in many different areas too. It's getting worse. The world-revolves-around-me syndrome, a more subtle form of narcissism, is rampant these days, and not with any evil intentions from my perspective. It seems that humans are becoming more uncomfortable with the notion that one can have an opinion, even a very strong opinion, yet be truly curious about a completely different take on that subject. It's too paradoxical; if we have a belief, opinion, or perspective, it means that listening to someone else with perhaps even an opposite approach is just too painful? Or too confrontational? Or confusing?
Part of it is our poor elementary educational system, governed by people who know little about children, where from an early age one is taught that certainty is far more important than curiosity, and that we should only focus on the measurable.
I notice that pro golfers seem to be more open. They see what Bryson was doing through physics, Rory with weight-training, and countless others trying new subtle changes in swing....as well as mental focus in a variety of situations. It's a natural progression when you want to be better. Why thoroughbred trainers wouldn't be interested in studying successful ways of working horses, training, etc is beyond me. That whole attitude is what is required to get to new plateaus, set new records, achieve great things with renewed creativity.
It actuall comes down to a 3 furlong blowout and does wonders for loading red cells into the spleen, ready to be used to carry oxygen during a race. "The Chief" Allen Jerkens was a proponent of the same basic technique. There are others, as well. But I used to know the Jerkens family and so I had an interest in what his trainer moves were. He used to race them into condition but when you saw a 6 furlong work followed by a 3 furlong blow a few days before race day, you knew he thought his horse was ready to fire his or her best shot.
To be incurious and protect one's own methods at the expense of learning is really rather backwards IMO.
Prince, you have a way with words. Not only because I agree with you but you have a nice flow, man.
Golf is international and has been for a long time.
Racing in the US is provincial and an outlier. I'm hoping HISA and HIWU put us on the right track.
princeofdoc said...The world-revolves-around-me syndrome, a more subtle form of narcissism
That combined nicely with the "self-help" era, which obliterated the true virtue of "help others" . It's almost as if the 2 things became mutually exclusive and the latter got lost in the sauce.
princeofdoc said...one can have an opinion, even a very strong opinion, yet be truly curious about a completely different take on that subject. .
That is why I stay away from extremist politics, which these days, seems to be either side taken too far. I won't give examples but as a socially liberal person, I can't even utter my opinion on some things that are way too progressive for me in those communities, let alone the more conservative ones. It used to be that if you were middle-of-the-road you were considered "wishy washy"......now I almost see that stance as an island of sanity in a political system that has become extremist on both ends.
SameSteve G said...It actuall comes down to a 3 furlong blowout and does wonders for loading red cells into the spleen, ready to be used to carry oxygen during a race. "The Chief" Allen Jerkens was a proponent of the same basic technique.
The Chief's horses had not been standing around the barn for 2 months when he did that.
What Baffert did with Havnameldown is the horse had done no racing for 2 whole months, since Feb......he received a single mild 3F work at the end of April......then Baffert had him working 4f in 453 in May.
Thats how human couch potatoes end up with heart attacks....weekend warrior-ing out of the blue.