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I hope so too. He was trying so hard. He stayed upright so that's a plus, even if the jock did jump off and stand with him.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
Think the 5 in there also went wrong..his looked worse. Neither Horse channels even covering what happened. Guess that is the state of CA racing, right off to show another track and no word on either horse on the feature race at SA.
I wasn't aware of Blackbriar getting hurt. I know Lethal Heat was putting pressure on Grazen, but he seemed to be repelling her enough, and Bold Chieftain was just waiting in the wings. I think Grazen could have won it.
I had TVG on at the time and they mentioned Grazen but I don't recall any mention of Blackbriar.
It always bothers me when I don't hear anything about these horses, but perhaps the stations, at the time, don't know any more than we do. It would be nice however, to know whether or not a horse had to be vanned off.
I also thought it quite classless for the connections of Bold Chieftain, to not even acknowledge the unfortunate injury, there is absolutely no doubt Graze was on his way to victory, he had already put away Lethal Heat who barely was beaten in second, it's like the elephant in the corner, no one wants to say anything, why didn't they ask Gomez what happened and bad it was? I feel horrible for the connections who bred and raised Grazen, they really love him.
Agree on the interview in the circle, how could you not mention the horse who was injured and going to win..Kurt Hoover, who is great no mention of anything either. Awful coverage, not hard to ask Gomez what he thought happened, takes 2 minutes.
I totally agree with these comments. I don't like criticizing people, but I also thought it very odd that Grazen wasn't mentioned in the post race interview with the connections of the winner. I really felt Bold Chieftain only won because Grazen got hurt. No disrespect to that horse, but Grazen was running a really nice race.
I just heard from HRTV that Grazen's injury is tendon and not a life-ending situation. However, Blackbriar's prognosis is more serious, but that's all the information we have so far.
Steward Kim Sawyer said that neither injury was "life-threatening, by the first evaluation." Blackbriar suffered a suspensory injury, while Grazen had a "soft -tissue injury."
Thanks for the post. It's sad it happened but great news that neither injury looks life threatening. Hopefully both horses will heal and recover to have a full life.
Unfortunate update: http://www.drf.com/news/article/107809.html
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