TRAVERS 151: THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN THE MODERN GAME MEETS OLD SCHOOL

Of course, the horse made it possible, and the horse always comes first. Talent notwithstanding, it’s horsemanship that allows God-given ability to develop.

Racing analyst Andy Serling said it best: “Barclay Tagg has never met a horse that couldn’t go longer.”

The run made by New York-bred Tiz the Law was the kind of performance that at first leaves the viewer stunned and amazed. Simply stated, there are no words for what occurred Saturday at Saratoga Race Course; only seeing was believing.

And that wasn’t the only latter-day performance worthy of a time capsule in a racing year like no other, just one crest in a wave that only the promise of “a chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance” can bring.

Travers Day 2020, a day that will live in storied triumph in the eerie quiet of Saratoga Race Course. In that, the horse, the connections, and the sport, deserved better.

When we first wrote–even after American Pharoah had broken a 37-year drought–that the Triple Crown should be lengthened from May’s first Saturday to Memorial Day to Independence Day, envisioning America once again celebrating horse racing, the outcry was loud and clear:

“Five weeks is what makes it special,” it was argued. “A lengthened schedule disrespects the greats of the past.” Racing can’t hold the public’s attention that long without a short, intense bright light, they’d lose interest.”

Now that Tiz the Law is the only Thoroughbred eligible for a Quad Crown, we’re about to learn that’s not true, especially if her were to win the Kentucky Derby.

The thought of it is playing out on TV with expert analysts, former practitioners, and active horsemen marvel at the challenge of what lies ahead.

If–and it’s a big if—one horse could run a gauntlet spanning a June 20th Belmont, an August 8th Travers, a September 5th Kentucky Derby and an October 3rd Preakness, it would be a sweep of America’s most prestigious three-year-old events while holding form for 106 days.

By definition in this era, it would represent the unthinkable. No mile and a half event? Sure. So how does that stack up with two mile and a quarters? Not knowable. And does one even dare think Breeders’ Cup Classic against older 35 days after that?

Its only true competitor in three-year-old history would be mighty Secretariat’s Triple Crown campaign of 1973 which also included victories the Arlington Invitational, Marlboro Cup, Man o’ War and Canadian International.

But it must be noted that Secretariat lost thrice that year, in the Wood Memorial, Whitney, and Woodward while a table sweep by Tiz the Law would end a three-year-old year that also included wins in the G2 Holy Bull and G1 Florida Derby, America’s leading Kentucky Derby prep.

On balance, these imaginings unfair to Tiz the Law’s connections. But in troubled times when Thoroughbred racing has enjoyed something of a renaissance, could the sport have better representation than Tagg, Robin Smullen, and Saratoga syndicator Jack Knowlton?

The nuts and bolts are these of the 2020 Travers are these. Tiz the Law won the race by 5-1/2 lengths in 2:00.95, completing an eased-up final quarter mile in 24.53. History will remember it this way, in the official Equibase chart footnote written by Dan Kulchisky:

“TIZ THE LAW away well, raced forwardly placed three wide through the opening bend before settling under a firm hold perched three wide outside the top pair, remained on hold and patiently handled steadily advancing on the leader into the turn as SHIVAREE bowed out at the nine-sixteenths, remained three wide through the far turn, the riding remaining statuesque in stark contrast to his main rival and the leader UNCLE CHUCK who came under a drive three furlongs from home, assumed command nearing the quarter pole, the rider sneaking a peak back to asses any danger, got roused three then two wide, straightened away into upper stretch, drifted out under cross-reined encouragement and was corrected with a lone off sided stick while drawing clear, then got geared down just outside the sixteenth pole to cruise home in impressive fashion.”

Thoroughbred racing poetry. Somewhere Don Fair and Jack Wilson are smiling, knowing that a “trackman” also rose to meet the moment.

Tiz the Law is the sport’s “now horse,” and he’s as old school as his trainer. He breaks, settles, and runs you down. It’s as simple as that, and he makes it look easy. Once the challenge is met, he gets bored and drifts around, as if looking for fresh challengers.

Tagg, of course, has been winning races since before I get my first newspaper job in 1970. Once he gets his hands on a good one, he develops them slowly, and those types stick around year after year.

The Travers dye was cast when Tagg won the Travers Day opener with the gelded five-year-old Doswell who clearly has had his issues. After making debut on July 14, 2017, he didn’t return until Jan. 6, 2019 at Gulfstream, a 541-day break, then 159 days later, Belmont Park.

Yesterday, making his first start after four runs for Chad Brown, Doswell broke maiden by a never threatened 2-1/2 lengths with a final sixteenth in 05.97, coming off a layup of 341 days.

No need to meet the new boss, the old boss is doing fine, thank you.

There were several extraordinary performances on the Travers undercard. We’ll look at the most notable developments here Tuesday

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  1. John,
    If he does it,I won’t even consider it an *Triple Crown. Must have gotten a great sheet number. Hard not to root for horse and the connections.

  2. Aaron, you’re allowed to think whatever you wish and have earned your opinion, but history doesn’t lie.

    The Triple Crown races themselves have been run out of order and at different distances over the years.

    But there’s no denying that if Tiz the Law maintains his Travers form and wins his next two or three starts, that would rank up there with the greatest three-year-old campaigns in racing history.

  3. John. When the 2020 Triple Crown schedule was announced .i said if a horse can win all three, it had to have an asterisk.but, after watching the Belmont and Travers, if he can win the next two, the horse is one of the greats. And I love the site, very informative.

    1. First, thanks for the props for the site, Pete, we do try our best.

      Secondly, you are the rarest of horseplayers, who are usually not clouded by moments of objective clarity but it would seem, wouldn’t it, that if he sweeps the next two, Tiz the Law will have created a pantheon all his own.

      Winning, of course, is easier said that done. And they talk about the horse to beat with a target on his back. Any of 19 rivals could get in his way. Fortunately, he has tactical gate speed and that big kick, so.The post draw can mitigate, we shall see…

  4. John

    All deserved praise to Tiz the Law; an easy horse to like with the right connections and clearly the one to beat on the first Saturday in September. Some thoughts on Travers, Ellis Park Derby and other aspects of the almost here Derby: Much was made of this being only the third start of Uncle Chuck’s career while I don’t recall a mention of Caracaro making only his fourth start. Think Caracaro is still a horse on the come but likely not good enough yet to win the big one. I’ve been following Attachment Rate since past winter at Gulfstream. Note the outside draws in his last three races – a wide trip guaranteed each time. A favorable draw should give him a shot to round out Derby exotics. As for Honor A P, I’m not dismissing him. His Del Mar race last week was shorter than his best distance and he didn’t need the Derby points so there was no need for Shirreffs to have him fully cranked. The absolute wildcard in King Guillermo. I don’t think he can win and have no idea what to expect from him. As a super fresh horse I wouldn’t be surprised if he reverts to his turf form of last fall and goes full blast early.

    My take on Triple Crown: In a year where an MLB season may be 60 games, they will still crown a World Series winner (unless Covid wipes out all teams by October). The winner and their followers will claim a championship. The rest of us will remember gimmicks such as 10th inning “head starts,” and seven inning games. Not the baseball we’ve known forever. Moving dates and the order of Triple Crown races is nothing compared to that mess. If Tiz pulls it off I have no qualms about putting him among the all-time greats. A final Derby thought – any chance that in this strangest of years less than 20 horses are entered?

    About Saturday’s undercard: I don’t think I’ll ever have a handle of Serengeti Empress. Just when I think she can’t, she does, Also, should we be seeking out Derby futures on Mutasaabeq or is this just another TAP early developer who will wither by May 2021 or sooner? (Don’t expect you to have the answer to that one.)

    Can’t say it often enough, John, how much I appreciate your efforts. To those readers and posters who are late to this scene and didn’t know you as a Newsday handicapper back in the day, you were the best then and you’re still pretty damn good.

    RichGold

    1. Agree with just about everything you had to say, Rich, especially the last part. (That’s an LOL, people).

      Anyway, I don’t know what to think of King Guillermo myself, let’s see how he trains up to it this last month… Attachment Rate does need to get a little luckier at the entry box. Nice was was a very good second at Ellis.

      Now that Tom Amoss has resigned himself to sprinting ‘Serenegeti’ middle distances, certainly one turn up to a mile should be OK, I think you’ll see a lot more consistency. I need to go back and looking at the spacing between races, could be a clue there.

  5. John: For those of us who have been around since the wondrous times of the ’70s, Saturday was a day to remember. We have been watching Barclay Tagg for a long time here in NY. I’m sure that you will appreciate the reference but I would put Barclay in that upper echelon of trainers that includes Woody, the Chief and Mack Miller. I have also met Jack Knowlton, in the Toga backyard, and he is nicer in person than he appears on TV. All that being said, and I know that you will be writing about his tomorrow, but I had to comment on Gamine’s performance. With all due respect to Rachel and Zenyatta, those of us of a certain age will always consider the great Ruffian as the Queen of the American Turf. I never thought that we would ever see her like again, but Gamine is as close to Ruffian as I have seen in the last 45 years. Mr. Baffert has had a load of great dirt horses over the past two decades but this filly is out of this world. I have read a lot of criticism of Rosario’s ride, and I heard Richie Baltas offer some mild knocks on Steve Byk’s show this morning. However, there was no possible way that Venetian Harbor could have beaten this filly last Saturday. I always think back to Larry Saumell, on White Rammer, trying to hoot, holler and annoy Seattle Slew in Slew’s first race as a 3yo. All Slew did was swat White Rammer away like a fly, and then Slew proceeded to shatter the 7F record at Hialeah. Great horses can’t be rattled or outrun. Gamine wasn’t losing the Test.

    PS-Congrats to Tom Amoss. He is the modern version of Frank I. Wright. A great trainer who is even a better communicator.

    1. Many of the great horses mentioned above,including Tiz The Law, make me always wonder how important a jockey is,or is not..Could Tiz be this good with Any other major league jock on top ? Of course ! Maybe even Linda Ayoub could have been winning with Tiz…( A joke for those who knew her posing,I mean,riding horses…) Diane Nelson ?BTWay,whatever happened to R.Beharano ? Such a champ and then poof..

    2. What’s gotten into the HRI Faithful, giving me nothing to disagree with.?

      I, too, was annoyed with the criticism of Rosario’s ride–it was a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation. And who the hell was going to beat Gamine Saturday. I can’t wait to see what happens in the Oaks!

      Barclay would be honored to be placed in that company and, in terms of developing horses, believe you’re right on the mark. Migliore said he belongs in the Hall of Fame. What happens the rest of this year could punch that ticket.

      Bill Nack wrote in his book on Ruffian that he first heard about her from me–that’s about Ruffian, not about me, but I would have to put ‘Rachel’ in that category. Perhaps a tad less brilliant, but arguably the gamest filly I’ve ever seen…

      1. There is a major knock on his ride. His filly had one shot and one shot only of winning this race. And that was to go to the front and set the pace. Much like you saw with Serengeti Empress. Some horses like to run better that way. And his riding instructions were to do just that. However, he chose to do otherwise. Now, let me be clear, I don’t think that she would have won anyhow. BUT, if I owned or trained this horse and I want my horse ridden a certain, you for damn sure better ride my horse to the instructions that were given. And if you don’t, then your plan had better workout or you will lose the mount (just like he has). And you’ll face public and social media backlash just likes he’s getting. That’s no different than me as a coach drawing up a play to win the game and the point guard goes out there and does something different than what I drew up. You’re play had better work or face the backlash that comes with not following instructions.

        To this point Gamine has yet to face any real major challenges or adversity. (1) She’s yet to run a race where she didn’t set the fractions (2) or to face a classy filly that’s lose on the lead or (3) yet to face a field of classy fillies. So before she gets crowned as the next “whatever”, let’s put her to an actual “TEST”, because this “TEST” wasn’t it.

        1. Philosophically, I agree 1000%. But there is something to equine body language, the great ones “announce” themselves, usually pre-race.

          Of all the great horses I have seen, the only demonstration of this equine intimidation was at Hialeah when Turkoman stopped in front of every rivals stall as they were being tacked up and just stood there, tall and proud.

          It was the damndest thing. Then he went out made up about 15 lengths from the 3/8s going 3/4s in the Tallahassie I think it was. If you’re ever in the company of bloodstock agent, former trainer Steve Young, ask him about it. His horse finished second.

          To your point, Johnny V is one of the smartest riders I have seen, no holes in his game and a true Hall of Famer in any era. Do you think he ever would have allowed that other filly to dictate to his? Let me answer that for you: NO.

          If Joel used the tactics you suggest, given the manner of Gamine’s victory, the second horse would have been beaten farther–just one man’s opinion.

          R Baltas just should lose gracefully and tip his cap; his filly was second best on the day and if his opinion were honest, he would have admitted as much.

          1. As I already stated, do I think that this filly would have won?….NO!!!
            But that’s not the problem. The problem is that the rider did NOT follow the instructions. He was told to put this filly on top and let’s see if Gamine can beat us when she doesn’t have the front. He chose a different gameplan and put the horse in a stranglehold early.

            Let’s look at Serengeti Empress for second. Each time she didn’t get the front she foldedup like a cheap tent and lost by double-digit lengths. So the gameplan with her is GO!!! If she stops, she stops. If she loses, she loses but she’ll do it racing her style. Now, I’m not saying that this horse is going to run like SE, but what I am saying is that Gamine has had things her own way in all four of her races. And if you’re going to TRY and beat her, don’t let her do it within her own comfort zone (out on the front setting her own fractions).

            In playing basketball, if a player likes to drive, I would step back and make him shoot. If he likes to shoot, get up close and make him floor the ball and drive. If he drives right, shade him to his left. Make him beat me at something that he’s not the most comfortable at doing. Then he has EARNED the right to be called the victor and champion.

            Lastly, if Venetian Harbor horse would have been beaten further it would not have mattered. Either way they get 20% of $300,000. There are no bonuses or bigger purse distributions for finishing closer.

    3. I couldn’t agree with you more regarding your comments on Gamine. She absolutely reminded me of Ruffian. Her record so far 4 for 4 and on top at every call in every race. How easily and effortlessly she glides to the lead. It will be interesting to see her stretched out. Tiz The Law also looks like the real deal. Too bad they raced on the same day. I think it took something away from the recognition of what a potentially great filly this could be. She may turn out to be that once in a lifetime race horse.

      1. It is too bad they raced on same day, and that was the thing about Travers Day; first Serengeti’s performance, then Gamine’s, then Tiz the Law. Come to think of it. Any racing day not named Breeders’ Cup, and many of them, too, has there ever been three great G1 performances on a single card ever.

  6. Lauren Ayoub.Nice looking but not a real,winning jockey. We knew Ms Julie Krone and she was No Krone or even a C.Sunderland who was better with mares going long in turf routes. Theresa Brown was looking good at Delaware …until the race started. There won’t Ever be another spunky Julie !

  7. Many of the great horses mentioned above,including Tiz The Law, make me always wonder how important a jockey is,or is not..Could Tiz be this good with Any other major league jock on top ? Of course ! Maybe even Linda Ayoub could have been winning with Tiz…( A joke for those who knew her posing,I mean,riding horses…) Diane Nelson ?BTWay,whatever happened to R.Beharano ? Such a champ and then poof..
    It

    1. Manny Franco is an excellent young rider. The Ortiz Brothers are on the own level, and with Joel putting on a show. If Franco rode more favorites, he’d be right up there with them, IMO. He handled pressure in two big spots, let’s give him credit for that!

      1. Franco is on!y winning about 10% of his rides, nothing against him but I believe that there are other jockeys who cold have ridden Tiz T L the same way,by just being a passenger. Anyone can go fast in a Ferrari Testarossa or in a Viper. Always was intrigued by how a Jock is being hired.Agents? Managers? I guess that types like Russell Base,as an example, rarely if ever rode in big Eastern races. What ,this champ was not good enough while the Espinosas of the racing world were able to ? Why is R.Santana rarely used by others than Asmussen ? Contracted like in the old Hollywood studios ? What happened between Pletcher and J V ? Hmnnn…

  8. KEITH,

    Watched the Test again from both angles and no question VH was rated while stalking the leader but at no point was she farther back than a half length. VH tried G briefly at mid-turn and again after both straightened away. She was no match; she had every chance to get by.

    I can’t figure if you’re mad at the filly or Joel. If that ride got him fired, that’s fine, Baltas should fire him!

    Trainers and jockeys fall in and out of love all the time. But if you believe the tactics cost VH the win, we were watching different races. That’s what I love about trip handicapping: One man’s fish is another man’s poisson.

    1. Why no mention of Zenyatta? I am not comparing any horse to Ruffian but Music Man’s (Moss) Zenyatta was special. I think she was named after a song by The Police (A & M records). Another horse I was lucky to see but who had a brief career was Waya. Yes, this Gamine is a filly that will be remembered, like Ruffian, Rachel, Zenyatta (won 19 of 20 for John Shirreffs and earned 7.305 USD). C’mon, not even a mention.
      “Zenyatta has sprouted wings (as she romps home in front)”-Trevor Denman

    2. As I have stated twice already, Gamine was going to win this race regardless of Rosario’s tactics (in my opinion). We don’t know how she will run when she doesn’t have the front. Nor did we find out on this day. My problem is with the jockey not riding to instructions. Here, not only should he be fired but he should not be paid and possibly fined (okay maybe a lil harsh here). What good does it do to create a gameplan for your horse, enter your horse in a race, give the jockey your instructions only for the jockey to do something totally different when it was possible for him to do what you asked?

      I’ve watched the replay as well and Joel did NOT send this horse from the gate as instructed. I also went back and watched Gamine’s allowance win at OP. She was loose on the lead, had everything her own way and in the end Speech was getting to her. Maybe it was because it was her second career start. Or maybe it was because it was her first try at a route distance. Either way I’d have to agree that the way to “TRY” and beat this filly to take the lead away from her and see how she handles it.

      Today’s horses will only run so many times. So to run Venetian Harbor in a stranglehold on Gamine’s outside letting Gamine dictate the pace ensured a second place finish and was a waste of a race. Sure they got $60,000 for the effort. But hell, they could have gotten $60,000 for winning a non-graded stakes race with a $100,000 purse were this horse would have been the nuts and jogged around the track. That ride made no sense.

      So my problem is with the jockey. FOLLOW ORDERS!!!
      And to steal Jack Nicholson’s line from “A Few Good Men” when he was on the stand being questioned by Tom Cruise, his response to one of the questions was…..”We FOLLOW ORDERS or people die.”

      1. Keith: “You want Saez on that mount, you need Saez on that mount,” or Jose O, or Carmouche, or…

        What makes you think I don’t get what you’re saying?

        My first response was agree philosophically 1000%.

        To me, this is between Baltas and Rosario. I don’t really care personally. Neither one is going to miss the other if they get divorced…

        1. John….I don’t care who rides this horse actually. I just wanted to see the horse ridden the way the trainer wanted and to see how she responded and to see how Gamine would have responded. But this way does no one any good. In betting, I singled Gamine on ALL of my tickets. But I was replying to YOUR comment…

          I, too, was annoyed with the criticism of Rosario’s ride–it was a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation.

          He was criticized for not following instructions. And I’m saying RIGHTFULLY SO. He’s lost his mount because he chose to do something on his own versus doing as instructed. But enough of this….on to bigger n better things.

  9. There’s is no denying Zenyatta’s greatness. It didn’t come to my mind because of disparate running styles.

    The three we focused on were speedy fillies, the big mare came from the clouds. She is certainly the stuff of equine legend.

    First great mare I remember seeing live was Shuvee, winner of the JCGC in ’70-71. Didn’t think of her for the same reason as Z; didn’t come from the clouds, but certainly wasn’t a speed type.

    It’s why I love TIZ. He’s not a speed horse, he’s a speedy stalker that you’d like to see settle. But when he makes his run, his rivals appear defenseless to stop him. He keeps you looking forward to the next one; thank you Barclay and Robin!

    1. Fair point. I read that the ownership team agreed to go to 100k at sale but had to raise their hand (s) at 110k. Glad they did. Have sold breeding rights but want to run him at four. My question to you is why? If you owned Tiz the Law wouldn’t you pull the ripcord on racing and send him to stud. Like Jack Woltz in GF, Pt 1 did with Khartoum: “I’m not gonna race him, I’m gonna put him out to stud.”

      1. And then Khartoum’s head and neck wound up in the bed of some big-shot producer.

        C, I’m a racing fan, not a syndicate member. If healthy–the only overriding factor–he figures to be a better 4-year-old.

        Thanks for allowing me to put this on record, since you brought it up. The Derby and Preakness are unlikely to be easily won. The Preakness will be his third start in 57 days, that’s a tough schedule in racing’s most competitive division.

        Should he win the Quad Crown, I would turn him out for a well deserved rest. This horse rates to be bigger and better at 4; he could own that division next year.

        There’s the 2021 Pegasus–he likes Gulfstream–he could think about Dubai or stay home for the Foster or Met Mile, the Whitney at Saratoga, the Jockey Club Gold Cup Belmont, all close to home, and end the year with the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

        However, I do not know the terms of the specific terms of the syndication. Knowlton loves to go racing. He’ll trust Barclay’s opinion, whatever that might be.

        First, the a race that needs to be won on SEP 5.

        1. Will Gamine become a mare after her 3-year old campaign? Put a call into BB and ask him. Her race in The Test was no test, it was a laugher. She’ll be odds on in Kentucky Oaks but maybe you can hook us up with the tri. We’re counting on you, JP. And yes, wmcorrow, I would much rather watch Gamine jog around the track than one of your cheap claimers at Parx. No offense to the claimers, mind you, but this Gamine is racing royalty. The second coming of Ruffian.

          1. C, Whether or not Gamine is retired at season’s end is up to owner and breeders and fillies generally do not retire early as they are bred once a year where a stallion can mate many times more, especially if he shuttles between hemispheres

  10. That’s a good explanation. When so many of racing’s biggest names leave the track in favor of the breeding shed I start to think maybe they’re right. Why risk it? But then again, many of racing’s superstars had careers that did not end at three. One story that’s kinda cool is Peppers Pride. This filly reeled off nineteen wins in a row but all in New Mexico. She then retired and produced a foal out of American Pharoah (11 starts, 9-1-0) named American Pepper, born in 2018. Her last foal, a filly, was out of California Chrome in Feb of 2019, just six months before her death. She won the horseraceinsider.com Overachiever of the Year 2008 Insider Award: “To the history making little New Mexico-bred filly that could, Peppers Pride. John, did you create this award and do you still give it out? I’m gonna watch out for American Pepper’s first start and send it in, ha, ha.

  11. I go out for ice cream some evenings. They have you socially distanced and you put your money under a rock when you get to the counter. Peppers Pride retired undefeated but took some grief for only racing in her home state, New Mexico. Zenyatta was criticized also for racing mostly in CA.

      1. Funny story: The place is called Lago’s Lone Oak and they make their own ice cream. The grandson of the founder is Scotty Lago. He won the bronze medal in snow boarding at the Vancouver Olympics (2010). They named a flavor after him called Scotty Lago’s bronze run. That is the flavor I get. I get the baby or kidde size which is one scoop in a cup.

  12. Real figure horses today at Delaware. A comment by a commentator using ‘c’ as his calling card wrote something above that has stuck in my cranium: ‘I would much rather watch Gamine jog around the track than one of your cheap claimers at Parx’. I found the comment interesting in that ‘c’ would have to be informed via a track program or a media announcer that Gamine was in fact on the track, as the cheap claimers look identical in every aspect to the so-called great thoroughbreds that run a mere two or three seconds faster and usually go off as odds-on.

    I jotted down the blood lines of a few claimers running today at Delaware: Bodemeister, Shanghai Bobby, Johannesburg, Afleet Alex, Animal Kingdom, Uncle Mo, Ghostzapper, Unbridled’s Song, Mineshaft, Storm Cat.

    Doubt there will be any odds-on platers on the card today at Delaware.

  13. C concedes the fact that you are more informed than he as to the nuances of thoroughbreds and what makes some better than others. Indeed, the sires that you mentioned who have progeny competing at Delaware were all the best of the best. I am absolutely bowled over by Gamine and think she may be an outlier, a once in a lifetime filly like Ruffian. The geniuses who put that “Battle of the Sexes” gimmick together vs Foolish Pleasure that cost her her life may now be witnessing another great one in Gamine. Watch her in KY Oaks next month. Coast to coast, no problem. May go in Preakness after that. But I see your point and have 45 + yrs in the books betting on claimers at Penn, Parx, Delaware, Indiana, Presque Isle, just about anywhere and everywhere so I fall out of my chair when a Gamine comes along. Trust me, she is from another planet.

  14. As a footnote to your comment above, I was present when Ruffian went down. Went to the bar, disgusted with the match race concept.
    Ah, the bar. Was present when Secretariat won by the length of the stretch, but I had to watch the race inside on a monitor, as I went to the bar and couldn’t get back to my seat as the aisle was totally blocked. Damn bar!

    Will follow Gamine.

    1. I was on LIRR as it approached Jamaica Station. I knew the race was at that time because it was such a big deal. One of those “I remember where I was when” moments. Really sad and it may have been birds at Belmont that spooked her. I remember reading that when Ruffian came out of surgery she reinjured herself and had to be put down. I wrote a note to Frank Whiteley and actually got a response. He must have received a lot of mail. That’s pretty cool that you were at Belmont for Secretariat. A guy who is a frequent guest on Steve Byk At The Races radio show on Sirius and XM Radio just started working for Secretariat.Com. His name is Steve Haskin. Worth a look.

  15. Waiting for the 7th race at Delaware I decided to look at the bloodlines of Gamine. Not shabby, as Harlan’s Holiday, Affirmed, and Seattle Slew appear. All, from the sire/broodmare, have had a decent win record. Pure blue blood!

    As I wrote, am waiting for the 7th at Delaware but I read at another post here at HRI that a commentator using the title ‘TTT’ has also recommended Purrageous Dyna, though he is playing the plater across-the-board when this person has always recommended win bets only.

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