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Raven’s Pass Wins the Classic

Raven's Pass Wins the Classic

On the one hand, I can say that I totally called it; on the other, I didn’t actually bet Raven’s Pass on his own (despite talking him up and including him in all my exotics) so I am a huge loser. But not Raven’s Pass – he’s a winner! Enjoy, and I promise to stop Blingeeing after today.

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10 comments to Raven’s Pass Wins the Classic

  • Anonymous

    So happy!

  • dana

    I like this new imagery trend, it’s fitting for the championships and the fireworks coming out of the crop are down right inspired!

  • Nellie

    Someone has discovered a new favorite site, hasn’t she?? 😉

  • Superfecta

    Well, I felt the good people at Wonkette had been doing such an inspiring job of blinging up Peggy Noonan and her ilk that I finally gave in and did it myself.

    At least I left off the ‘gangsta’ necklace I was seriously considering for Raven’s Pass.

  • libby

    Very funny, made me laugh-thanks!

  • Anonymous

    What do people think about Asmussen claiming that it wasn’t a dirt race but a turf race? I think it’s totally sour grapes. When most of the world races on turf, and Curlin is very good only on dirt (although fans should note that he didn’t run faster than a 112 Beyer this past year — evidence to my mind of very weak competition), for ol’ Steve to try to undercut the victory is pretty unsportsmanlike.
    Two other things bother me.
    1) The idea that Curlin doesn’t like the surface is a little hard to handle. He makes his patented “big move on the turn”, hits the front and then can’t go on with it. In his other losses it was the same story. He faced horses in his class instead of the plodders of so many of his wins, and he is unable to gut out the win.
    2) Somehow Asmussen wants to claim his horse was at a disadvantage when he’s the 4yo world champion who’s been training on the track for a month while his two conquering foes are also making their first start at the track and on the surface having just arrived from halfway around the world a few days before. Add to that that they are three year olds who have never gone that distance. If their is any advantage here, to my mind almost every factor is in the local boy’s favor — but still Asmussen claims the synthetic beat him. Whatever.
    Besides that, before the race, most everyone was saying that the track was playing fair and the best horse would win, (ie. Midnight Lute, Zenyetta), but after the race — out come the excuses.

  • Michele Melcher Illustration

    I know little about the technicalities of the sport, but I do follow the races. IMO I think that he was possibly too far back during the whole race and a tired horse to boot. He made that late charge but got beat by the better horses that day, fair and square. I don’t think that it was the surface, I think it just wasn’t his day. That’s horse racing!

  • dana

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the heat played it at least a small factor for Curlin (think Haskell, but then again, there wasn’t humidity).

    But Curlin’s stretch run looked a helluva lot like his stretch run in Man O’War to me… big move but he couldn’t turn the momentum into the freight train that is Curlin on dirt. He just doesn’t seem to have a turf foot. I don’t see that as an excuse as much as an observation. As for Asmussen, I haven’t seen that yet so my comments are not about his comment, just my observations about Curlin’s performance.

  • SaratogaSpa

    He was paddling, not running, he did not like the surface.

  • Anonymous

    You gotta do better than that Saratogaspa.
    Sure, I saw the Albarado quote that he was “paddling”. The problem is that if you watch the video of Albarado immediately following the race (it’s on ntra.com), he says nothing of the sort.
    He discusses the fact that he had a good trip, that he had to go a little wide on the turn, “but that’s Curlin”. When asked if he had the same old Curlin, he says yes. When asked if the synthetic could have had anything to do with it he replies, “hard to say”.
    My guess is that Steve A. (our friendly neighborhood egomaniac) took Albarado aside and TOLD him how Curlin felt about the surface.
    Like I said, a horse that maxs out at a 112 Beyer is not running like the world champion of a year before.
    Beyer himself pointed out the weak numbers in an article a couple days before the Classic, predicted a loss, and picked Raven’s Pass.
    The people at ESPN, in an effort to keep casual viewers interested, were playing up the idea that Curlin might be the best horse of the last 25 years. But the truth is, and for many this hurts, he isn’t the best horse in the last five.

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