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Rebel Stakes March 13 Oaklawn Park   Triple Crown

Started 3/11/21 by Wintertrian; 3049 views.
Gerh

From: Gerh

3/14/21

Didn’t help that Geroux had him under a stranglehold 

In reply toRe: msg 23
Wintertrian

From: Wintertrian

3/14/21

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. 

In reply toRe: msg 23
smartyslew

From: smartyslew

3/14/21

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.

Gerh

From: Gerh

3/14/21

I think he said that Caddo River was pumped up and wanted to get back in front

SameSteve G

From: SameSteve G

3/14/21

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.

smartyslew

From: smartyslew

3/14/21

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.

SameSteve G

From: SameSteve G

3/14/21

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.

DogsUp

From: DogsUp

3/14/21

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. 

Wintertrian

From: Wintertrian

Mar-21

Geroux is an excellent rider.  He has nothing to prove.  

Its more like the horse and jockey have to be "right" for each other, and they are not right for each other.  

I always descrribe it as "they go together like peanut butter and jelly"......that would have been Borel on Mine That Bird, for instance.  Horse trusted Borel to thread him thru a needle, and Borel knew the  horse had the courage to do it.  

Geroux isn't the right rider for Caddo River, that's all.   Agents book jockeys for TRAINERS, not the horses.  The trainer has to assign jockey to the horse.  You only have so many riders to switch around with.   

But when a horse and rider are made for each other, then you get to see something very special.  Mike Smith and Zenyatta, many of those combos in history.... but not a lot.  Special relationships are .....well.......special.   Secretariat and Eddie Sweat......it's needle in haystack territory. 

So far I'm not seeing anything out of Oaklawn this year that flips me.   It's been a strange year and I'm sure there were some horses we will just never get to see much of due to pandemic, weather, etc.  


Edit:  spelling correction of secretariat's groom last name.   
 

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