Re: Big Jag in Dubai (straight vs. turn)--TG

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Posted by Jerry B on April 04, 2000 at 17:56:37:

In Reply to: Big Jag in Dubai (straight vs. turn) posted by Dan on April 04, 2000 at 16:26:07:

: Hod do you guys evaluate times on straights such as Big Jag's race in Dubai as opposed to races with turns? Does this also apply to one-turn mile races at tracks like Belmont, or the reverse on bullring tracks like Fairplex? It would seem to me that because there is tangential velocity on turns the times would be faster on straights and one turn miles, and times would be slower on bullrings.

TG--In general, yes, the more turns, the slower the final times (look at indoor/outdoor track & field records). We did the Dubai race the same way as we would if there was a turn--by looking at the past figures of the horses. In this case, we only had two solid ones, but fortunately the relationship between them held up well--Big Jag got the same 0-1/2 he's been running for months, and Bet Me Best got his 3-1/2 (both his top and a pair-up of his recent effort). As an added bonus the variant was in line with the 1-1/4 mile race, where Dubai Millennium got a negative 1-1/2. TGJB

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