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The number 7 horse was alone in the front and had the entire track to himself. War of Will was coming to his right to attempt a move. When Maximum Security veered there were 3 horses to his right for a total of 4 horses involved in the incident.
While I agree that 20 is probably too many for this race, I don't see how the numbers impacted Saturday's interferences & near falls.
It was a blessing that WoW got to leave from post 2.
So the industry has the PERFECT opportunity to lower the field to 14 or so now.
Will they do it? I would not bet on it. Their ability to be proactive, about anything, is totally non existent.
Nope, i always maintained 20 are too many. 14 would be fine and it gets the auxillary gate out. The thing is this is a money driven sport so having 14 might have an effect on the purse handle.
Tough enough to 'cap an 8 horse field let alone 20 on the mud!!
Good points!! Especially the comparison between Justify and Winx.
IMHO less than 20, say 14
Less breeding/less foal population
Less put in auction
More home breds kept
Less people getting into racing ownership
Auction prices would go down
Derby attraction for general population*, and perhaps world wide would deminish
* Not the infield
Handle and advertising would diminish
Preakness and Belmont Stakes would be devalued on many fronts
Cause a lot of yawning
Uhhhh....i'm guessing.....you're thinking, 14's too few from that post??
DogsUp said...Cause a lot of yawning
Better than horror. I wince at the start of EVERY Ky Derby, not about who is going to win but that everyone comes home safe. I don't like chaos nor do I like demolition derby type events.
I was at Oaklawn watching when Eight Belles went down. I had to run out into the parking lot to throw up. I get sick when I see stuff like that. Larry jones and everyone in that barn was shell shocked and emotionally stricken for quite a number of years after that.
I admit that I still get giddy on Derby Day, especially right before the race. However, I am also anxious about particularly, the cavalry charge around the first turn. I was reminded Saturday that the danger is not limited to that portion of the race. Yes, in my opinion, 20 is too many!