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The jockey for Trinnenberg, who was 2nd for much of the way before fading to nearly last, was quoted in the Sunday LHL as saying "I couldn't be prouder of my horse. He ran great. Lets face it, a mile and a quarter is just not his game"
Well, helloooooo!!! If you knew that going in, why in the hell enter your horse in a race where you know he is going to get his brains beat in? Maybe I am wrong, but I always heard the worst thing you can do to a good horse is put him in a race where he has no shot and is sure to get drilled. Sometimes they hurt themselves trying to keep up, and it does the animal no good to get beat so bad.
So why do owners do it? I would rather pick my spot at a 7 or 8 furlong stakes race that I had a legit chance to win.
It's the KY Derby...Duh!! Like sitting on the bench at UK rather than starting at Morehead State...more impressive on the resume!
was probably hoping he could maybe steal a win even though he was not the best horse in the field. its happened before.
Owners have big egos!
None of those horses had ever run a mile and a quarter. They only get one chance to run in the derby.
I could certainly understand that if you had a horse that was bred for distance and looked like he could go a mile and a quarter. As one of the other posters said, none of them had run that far before and long shots do win, happens every day.
That being said, the one I mentioned in the OP had never run more than 7 furlongs and based on his own jockey's comments, no one in his camp even thought he had a chance. He apparently is a pure sprinter. I mean, WTF was the owner and trainer thinking? I can't see that as being good for the horse or the race at all.
Many a sprinter becomes a route horse if they can rate. In fact, most all great horses that can run 1 1/4-1 1/2 miles have tactical speed. The only true come from behind horse I can remember was John Henry. It just took him a mile to limber up and then he would make one big run and usually won. One great race horse
The meanest dog in Taiwan.
They're thinking dollar signs. If Trinn runs and with a stroke of luck gets 6th or something then his breeding rights skyrocket.
Yeah Tsk, I agree with BlueRaider, getting to run in the Derby can never be taken away from the horse's resume, 5 years down the road no one who is investing will care where he ended up just that he qualified for the race. Its the dollars plus if everyone else had tripped and he would have won, $$$$$$$$. lol
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