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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By John Pricci — He has been called the best horse in the world. Whether that’s true is, of course, the basis of the sport: Who’s the the best?

So, is he? I don’t know/ But what four-year-old Baaeed is the best turf miler in the world. Undefeated in seven lifetime starts, all races have been run at that trip, over good ground and wet ground.,

His current Group 1 record dates back to SEP 5, 2021, three straight in the best company.

At 3 he won the Queen Elizabeth over the Royal Ascot course; today he will try to remain undefeated in the prestigious Queen Anne. Post time is 9:30 am EDT.

About one hour later, America’s best turf sprinter, Wesley Ward- trained Golden Pal meet’s Australia’s best, eight-year-old Nature Strip, a 5-furlong specialist that has won 20 of 37 lifetime starts, in the King’s Stand.

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  1. Baaeed looked pretty solid winning today; never was a doubtful moment. I couldn’t tell if Golden Pal broke badly or what, but the way Nature Strip exploded, I’m not sure it would have mattered.

  2. Actually Doc, I bet on the winner because a wiser man than I told me years ago that the best sprinters come from Australia. and Nature Strip was 20 for 37 going in with 8 or 9 Group 1s. At age eight, it was a remarkable run.

    The story was apparently that there was some distraction going on behind the gate distracting Irad who said afterward the bad break “is on me, I wasn’t ready” for the start.

    And yes, probably would not have mattered…

    1. Sounds like when that unruly horse was scratched at the gate, the procedure was something Irad never encountered, and he didn’t know that they’d just pop the gate with the scratched horse still standing behind the gate etc. To be honest, I think this is kind of on Wesley Ward to have let Ortiz know about the different things like that in the UK. Ward is the one who has been coming for years. Just my two cents.

      1. That’s o dollars worth of two cents. Didn’t consider that but you’re right. Even if Wesley didn’t give him a heads up, he could have taken Irad off the hook a little bit with a post race comment…

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