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SameSteve G said...Hard Spun was a free runner. Remember how the ill-fated & tragic GoGo put a choke hold on him in The Belmont in 2007?
That is an excellent example. Finesse is not data that is presented on the PPs.
Once they are not operating "as one" it's all over.
I think horse-for-the-course is appropriate but so is rider-for-the-horse?
Yes. However, it's the same thing in regard to pegging it correctly. As you have implied, there may be another factor which overrides the other. For example, a clear horse for the course is having a belly ache the day of the race.
Or, a rider who fits the horse very well simply gets beat in the intangible element of choosing how to carve out a trip. Unless your lucky enough to be Mike Smith on Zenyatta when she saves your bacon by taking the race into her own mighty hooves. Or, Winx who got Hugh Bowman a few times when he had goofed! Ha!