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12-02-2012, 09:39 PM
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Great Work!
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:

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“It’s 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.”
http://blogs.courier-journal.com/rac...akes-saturday/

Churchill Downs defended themselves by trying to play up the distance and giving merit to the later races.

Another from the same writer:

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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.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...ystem/1673175/

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