Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: North Atlanta metro
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I don't post much anymore, but will for this. This may get long. So if that or me bothers you click away now. Sliver Maples post was on point.
Some thoughts in no particular order.
This is a non story. Put out by a discredited organization for their sjw followers and to further an agenda. Weeds in feeds are not performance enhancers. It didn't give him anything he didn't already have, more on that later. What is actually kind of amusing is there is a big push in racing called WHOA- water, hay, oats. In this case the hay is the source.
He passed all three drug tests in the Triple Crown races. The Santa Anita Derby was 4 weeks before so even if this hay weed had helped, it wasn't helping then.
He will not be disqualified because it isn't called for. Just like the DQ this year. It may not be popular to the Social media crowd, but it's the right thing to do.
He absolutely did it on his own ability, the likes of which I doubt we see again. For those that follow football know Brent Mushburger. He doesn't call games anymore but does a show in Vegas. Before the Derby he had a panel of sports book mangers on. They where telling how they got calls to book action on Justify. They didn't have him in any future pools because he had not even run a race yet. But it was obvious to those who saw him how special he was. Some got him at 300/1.
I never understood the hate for this horse. One wrong step and people said he was lame. Said he was tried and giving after the Preakness. Mike only tapped him once in the beginning on the last furlong. That's unbelievable.
As for the breakdowns. We had a discussion during the Santa Anita stuff so my thoughts on that are out there. What I am tired of is the sensationalism. HBO real sports did a piece on it. Predictably they presented it in a way that isn't real. Showed a lot of breakdowns at Charlestown. I play them every night they run. Didn't remember any last year and have not seen any I don't think this year. I just saw my first one that I can remember in a long time. Friday 3rd race on the turf at Belmont, the 4 went down. I watch A ton of races. Watching Los Alamitos and Australia right now. I'm not saying they never happen but it just isn't like its presented. Saw some numbers that during that time of the 30 deaths at Santa Anita what wasn't mentioned there were over a quarter million safe trips around the track. Not that any number is ok, but that does put it in a different perspective.
Anyway sorry it got long.