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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.20
Well it looks like no triple crown this year, though it was close. I had a feeling when Smarty was so far ahead early that he might run out of gas. Too bad, because that would've been something.



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This is why RSN drinks: I bet Birdstone in the Derby. I considered putting him in my exactas/trifectas for the Belmont, but crossed him off (to be fair, I wouldn't have bet him with Smarty Jones in an exacta, as I thought it wouldn't pay much. Pays a buck thirty six). Then, to make it even worse, my boss calls me up this afternoon to see if I can bet Birdstone across the board for him. Boss gets money, RSN has his horses run up the track.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.39
The race was good. I thought Smarty was going to win then Birdstone passed. By the way Rock Hard 10 is a great name.



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How do they determine what gate the horses start from? I figured that Smarty Jones would start from 4 or 5 since he was such a huge favorite, and in track & field, the highest seeds get the middle lanes. Is it the opposite in horse racing - favorites get outside lanes?

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.36
    Originally posted by StegDutchie
    How do they determine what gate the horses start from?
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
    Originally posted by Downtown Bookie
      Originally posted by StegDutchie
      How do they determine what gate the horses start from?
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With only a 9 horse field over the mile and a half, the outside post appeared to be a benefit pre-race to Smarty, as it would prevent him from getting caught in traffic or supposing he was in the 4 hole, the 3 and the 5 squeezing him early in the race.
And, I've seen a lot of racing in my life, but I can't recall a 1-5 shot ending up paying 3.30 to place and 2.60 to show. The bridgejumpers must have really been banging Rock Hard Ten in those spots.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.53
Smarty took the lead WAY too early. I think he jumped ahead at the 1/2 mile, and simply couldn't hold on.

I'm not sure if that was the jockey's decision or just the way the race started.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.66
That's such a huge factor in these Triple Crown situations. The jockies have to be so nervous going into the Belmont because of how long it's been since Affirmed won. You'd need to have a jocky with nerves of steel to keep a clear head.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.84
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    That's such a huge factor in these Triple Crown situations. The jockies have to be so nervous going into the Belmont because of how long it's been since Affirmed won. You'd need to have a jocky with nerves of steel to keep a clear head.


Plus, the Belmont is the longest of the three. Smarty's dominant at the shorter distances, but nobody knew how he'd do on a long run. And, given that Elliot's never had to run him in that long of a race, it's hard to know when to go.
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