Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 933 times:
I too kept waiting for the pullaway down the stretch. But, looking back on it now, I don't see that he was able to dictate the race, others did it for him. While he didn't look like he gave out at the end, he was just plain tracked down at the end by a horse that on this day, ran his own type of race.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 920 times:
Will we ever see another triple crown winner???? When Smarty Jones got more than one length in front of Rock Hard Ten, I thought it was all over. You sure can not blame the jockey....Stewart Elliott rode a superb race.
Congrats to trainer Nick Zito....5 second place finishes in the Belmont, and today a huge win.
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Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2727 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 906 times:
I don't know about the rest of the country, but I think the hype of Smarty Jones in the Phildelphia area was a bit out of control! I live just a few miles from "Someday Farm" where the owners live, and in the other direction a few miles away is Philadelphia Park where Smarty Jones trained. So it's hyped up a bit, yes, but then again it's a 1 in 9 probability of winning, maybe a bit better, but still not much.
It also bugs me a bit to see them coaxing a blindfolded horse into it's starting block. I'm not saying it's animal cruelty or anything, because I'm sure that horse gets excellent care, but it didn't seem to be very interested in starting that race!
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3541 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 853 times:
I blame the jockey. Although he ran a good race, it looked like he drove him a little too hard through the 4th turn, and by the time the straight away came around, the horse had already given all he had, and in the last 1/4 mile he just didn't have enough. I was watching it in an offtrack betting place and let me tell you, there were about 300 people in there who all lost money, here is what it sounded like
"yes!! go smarty, go go! ohhh he's gonna do it! go ......noo faster, ahhh smarty......ohh no.....nooo.....ohh shit ahhhh faster ahhh he's not gonna do it....no"
KBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 845 times:
I'm an underdog guy usually, especially coming from a town where being the underdog is part of daily life, however, to see Smarty come so close, yet be so far away is tough. Hopefully we shall see a triple crown winner in our lifetimes.
P.S. - Philly is a great place, they just need that one win.
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 842 times:
What a race, my parents were sure he would win it, but I noticed coming into the fourth turn that Birdstone was coming on really fast into fifth position, he was absolutely flying. Many races are like this with the winner being the one who makes the strongest push at the end. Very tense, and very exciting race!