Lurker wrote:All year long I listened to people criticize the quality of the fields she was running against, almost as if Sherriffs had some control over the entry box. It was always the same blah-blah-blah, creampuffs, tomato can crap she's beaten up before etc.
And every time I always thought the same thing as a result....Why don't some of the sharpie connections from across the country ship to California and steal some purse money?
Don't for a second tell me about the plastic tracks, if a trainer/owner thinks they've got a shot at winning G1 status, they'll be willing to take shot at it, I've seen enough crazyazz entrants over the years to recognize that factoid.
I think we've finally seen the answer why nobody wanted to ship and run against her during they year....................... they knew something, <img src="/images/chat/lol.gif">.
And I hear people criticize Rachel for beating a "weak" group of older males as if Jess Jackson had a decision about all the older males who weren't running or the quality of the older male group.
There are 114 Grade 1 races in the US. While quite a few have age/sex restrictions that apply, why ship across the country to run in Grade 1 when there's a G1 2 tracks down from you? This problem has little to do with the horses/connections and everything to do with the amount of racing. Grade 1's are given out like candy during Halloween (except to Oaklawn and Fair Grounds). Grade 1's don't mean as much anymore because there are so many of them. Hell, there's too many graded stakes. Again, that's not a horse problem, it's a Horse Racing Industry problem.