BC DREAMIN' (564 Views)
Posted by: Dana666
Date: November 03, 2019 07:34AM
I don't know when/if it would ever happen, but I hope the BC comes back to NY someday. So funny, I'm watching Aqueduct Friday and Saturday, and the track condition is perfect, glib and fast, but bias free, and the turf looks beautiful and deep like a real grass course should look, and I'm thinking, here we all are seeing this BC fiasco at SA where even the talking heads on TVG recognize both courses aren't legit--seemingly difficult to close on either surface. The main has just been dead all meet, tiring as hell, not necessarily speed favoring, just tiring--and I'm not sure how good the inside was either, which is completely absurd. The grass course had pristine inside paths, which if you didn't secure, you had a huge disadvantage--I mean, what kind of nonsense is that? And one fallacy to which many of us fell prey was the idea that it was better to have shipped in and worked over the track; I actually think it was an advantage not to have run or worked much over the surface in the days prior to the BC, but I didn't figure that out until late in the game.
On a positive note, I thought (completely anecdotal observation) that the drug testing must have been enhanced or perhaps actually in place because a lot of horses I know well from "super" trainers did not perform as you might have expected them to--not going to name any names, but I could tell the usual "enhancement" was just not there. The racing seemed on the level in that sense for what that's worth.
Random notes: The TG analysis paid for itself many times over with their call in the Juvenile race on Friday--well done there. If you saw any horses who closed well and galloped out well on dirt, follow them next time. I was most most impressed by Mitole and Bricks and Mortor, and most disappointed by Pure Sensation-I always ask why doesn't Paco get more rides in big races? And there you go--how he fails to get out with that horse is mind boggling. I though Smith had a terrible day--as bad as a jockey could ride; very unusual for him. How in heck does Omaha Beach come out of a sprint race and not show any speed??? And Midnight Bisou??? I mean, is he watching any prior races on that card? She has some speed and could have been sent--unreal. Happy for Joe Bravo after all these years winning a BC race. No doubt, Vino Rosso's summer time trip to SA paid off in spades experience-wise for Pletcher's first classic.
Larry Collmus Tweeted on Friday he was off to SA to call races, yet I heard Frank M. What was up with that? Was he calling races in a private podcast???
Nice weather in NY today. Aqueduct should be good!