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Aug. 2: The Whitney (Palace Malice), Test, Vanderbilt, Hirsch, WV Derby
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12-02-2012, 08:39 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
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Can't complement you enough.
On the points.
The system certainly diminishes any accomplishments as a 2yr old.
It also lumps the Breeder Cup Juvenile in with some very minor races???
Thank you. There was some heated talk when it was announced a while ago. Wayne Lukas was a strong opponent. The writer from the Louisville newspaper had a column a few weeks ago which quoted Lukas:
Its simply a system that has no regard for 2-year-old racing and is flawed because at no time did anybody ask a person who has put up $50,000 to run in the Kentucky Derby, or a trainer that trained one, a rider that rode one or an owner that owned one for their opinion, he said. It de-emphasizes the 2-year-old program. I think there are going to be some startling results when you get into the spring races. I think some very good horses are going to be excluded from the Derby.
Churchill Downs defended themselves by trying to play up the distance and giving merit to the later races.
Another from the same writer:
Churchill Downs says it made the change to ensure that the horses in the best form and most suited for the Derby's grueling 11/4 miles make the field. The idea is to reward those doing well in the 11/8-mile prep races in late March and April those winners will get 100 points instead of those making a lot of money in sprint or grass races or those who win a big race at 2 but do not carry over their form to their 3-year-old season.
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