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Absolutely astonishing! Yes, you did note that, and were pretty good about the others being scratched too! I had heard that last week, Practical Move wasn't looking great, and I often wonder about the late shipping of horses, not allowing them to defeat jet lag, get accustomed to new environs, settle in, etc.....especially those that don't generally travel.
My biggest issue is that Pletcher insisted YESTERDAY in an interview, after morning gallops, that Forte couldn't have looked better! What is it about how disingenuous these trainers are in interviews?!? Except for Keith, and possibly Walsh, they all seem to be hiding things....I don't like it.
Preliminary reporting suggests it was a state vet that made the decision?!?
Wondering if Irad will now be jumping on another mount???
I agree. I was happy to hear that he was "back on track" so to speak yesterday. Now this morning, I read here, from Winter, that he's scratched. Why would Pletcher have skirted the issue. I'm sure he knew full well yesterday that the handwriting was on the wall.
Don't ever expect the straight skinny from Teflon Todd.
Irad is now hopping onto Cyclone Mischief! Very interesting for pace now......
Cyclone Mischief can hit the board IMHO. Will use him along with Rocket Can and Sun Thunder as my bombers to hit the tri or superfecta.
Of course Repole said that the vets were being overly cautious.I get the impression that he would have run him if the vets hadn’t stepped in.It was the same secrecy around Uncle Mo.
"Overly cautious" So now Repole is a vet, right? He is a dumbass.
No doubt in my mind they would have run. That's why Todd was talking through both sides of his mouth.
I don't know, Steve.....Repole sounds sincere, at least to me. Maybe I'm easily sold, but I do play a lot of poker, and I can see bluffs, he ain't bluffing. And it is something to consider. Should a horse with a tender hoof still be allowed to race, if his gallops look OK? I know with athletes in football, they play through some bruises......so, if the bruise made Forte only 95% excellent, should he be allowed to race? Just an honest question, a ponder if you will.
When a horse has a fever, or is out of sorts, or a limp, obviously....scratch. But is it possible to have a few nicks/scratches and still be competitive?