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Did you see the Interview with Ortiz before the Race ?
Last race when he stopped he was taking Dirt in his face and didn't like it
and he moved Honour to the outside in the clear and he took off running.
Today I'm taking a good break and moving to the rail where he will take dirt
to help him run thru it. In a 20 horse field you never know where you will draw
and he needs to run thru dirt. Only thing he was flat this time when he ran in the clear.
I'm nuetral if that helped him or not. Might be gun shy.
As I have already noted, I am not wagering the KY Derby.
I will keep saying it as long as I have to, Baffert has essentially ruined racing with his clones that all run the same, and I suspect that is what steve roman started to see when the sire and mare profiles no longer made sense.
Did you guys see that Merneith tested + for Dextrophen in July and the excuse this time was the mother of all excuses, that the groom was fighting covid-19 at the time and was treating his persistent coughing with cough meds that had that in them."
Nobody grooms horses while coughing their heads off from covid-19, and if they ARE working with that kind of illness, then there REALLY IS SOMETHING WRONG with Baffert's barn anyway. I'd like to know more about "the working conditions" there but I'm sure he'll just get a pass on that, too.
But how many f'ing contamination stories are we going to have to listen to? This should be an outrage at this point, yet racing fans are just cluck, cluck, clucking. What, did the horse lick the groom's lips after he took Daquil? Give me a break. Least of which people are not even supposed to be working with covid-19......they are supposed to be QUARANTINED. Apparently, you don't get a day off even with Covid at the Baffert barn??? Why wasn't the health department there?
Life is Good, Concert Tour, fill in the blank........does it really even matter? This trainer will take any well-bred horse from ANY sire and they will run wire-to-wire. They all look the same, they all run the same. As a friend of mine has noted, this trainer has destroyed the purity of the sport.
Oooh and ahhh all ya want over his horses. It's not their fault. He's souping them up. Everyone knows this and nobody wants to put the brakes on. Rich owners. And Baffert gets a % of the breeding rights. What's not to like?
I'm sure there is something to what you are alleging.....his barn certainly needs monitoring. But all his horses are not performing. Spielberg certainly didn't, nor did Freedom Fighter....or several others. Yes, he does get some well bred horses, more than his share, and he does get some of them to perform excellent at the right time. So it's a mixture, but I wouldn't agree that he has ruined thoroughbred racing. Let's see who wins this Derby, we're still a ways off, and there is some good running to watch!
The good ones make it look easy..
It seems like every year Baffert produces the same type of runner regardless of pedigree.The numerous drug infractions are bad enough but the BS excuses offered by Baffert are ridiculous.But you are right;Baffert has not ruined the purity of the sport.Thoroughbred racing,through its inaction and complacency has already done that
Scapegoats don't cut it.
First of all, virtually all trainers use Lasix unless they can't due to rules; BB is no outlier there. Does he include illegal drugs as well, that are masked by Lasix? Perhaps. He has been called out, but so have others. True, the whole sport needs greater accountability, no doubt.
But it's a completely other charge that BB (or anyone) can somehow create a Derby winner out of a horse without a good pedigree, without good preparation, and without superior athletic ability.
I just don't buy it
Thanks for the kudos on Known Agenda win. I think he'll be live longer (+10/1) shot in the derby. Reminds me of Pletcher's Super Saver from 2010.
Think any of the Jack Ruby Steaks runners have a legit shot of hitting the board in the derby?
Gerh said...It seems like every year Baffert produces the same type of runner regardless of pedigree.
At least someone notices.
princeofdoc said...virtually all trainers use Lasix unless they can't due to rules; BB is no outlier there. Does he include illegal drugs as well, that are masked by Lasix? Perhaps. He has been called out, but so have others.
Yeah, okay. And Im not talking about lasix although that is certainly part of the US problem.
Not just called out.........he had an entire racing board have a meeting, behind closed doors, to throw out one of his positives.
And nobody said he creates derby winners out of horses w/out good pedigrees.
Really, it's like most of what I'm talking about has gone over your head, but that's okay. You don't have to "buy it". ;)
I guess you don't remember when roman dropped out the the game........ever wonder why? Did you even read why? Its when you have a numbers theory and the subject matter no longer runs to those numbers. Every wonder why THAT is? It's because of pervasive drugs. You can't very well have a numbers theory if the numbers go all wonky because they no longer *fit* any scenario....