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I couldn't believe he was that heavy a fave. I didn't get down on the bet though to take advantage of it. I know the horse has a ton of speed, even Contessas in his public thoughts was really unsure how the horse would take to 2 turns. I wonder if they'll give him another shot at that distance.
http://sports.yahoo.com/rah/news?slug=a ... &type=lgns
Horse to miss week of training after bolting track
Feb 7, 2:54 pm EST
NEW YORK (AP)—The trainer ofEightyfiveinafifty says his 3-year-old colt has received 14 stitches to repair a cut suffered after crashing through the outer rail during the running of the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes.
Gary Contessa said Sunday that Eightyfiveinafifty should return to training in a week after the frightening incident at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday. The colt’s rider Jorge Chavez was unseated and shaken up, but is expected to return to riding Wednesday.
Contessa says that “we have absolutely dodged a bullet” with the colt.
Eightyfiveinafifty was the 3-10 favorite in the early prep on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The colt went extremely wide on the first turn and unseated Chavez when he crashed through the outer railing and jumped another fence. He suffered a two-inch cut on his right hind leg.
Peppi Knows won the race.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
When I watched the race with my wife live on t.v., I mentioned the reigns probably broke because I've seen that kind of runoff the horse did many times before. Somebody noticed on the head-on replay that the horse next to "85" came in and smashed him pretty bad at the start and absolutely broke the bit causing the jockey to basically have no control of the horse. It is a miracle that the horse and jockey came through without a major injury.
So it's the trainer's fault that Eightyfiveinafifty blew the turn and went over the rail? This is insane talk.
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