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I lost the Preakness as I plunged on Will Take Charge (wrong Lukas horse) but man I can't believe how many people thought Orb was the second coming.
I think the fact that we haven't had a Triple Crown winner in 77 years or so had so many of us wanting to see one that we were treating Orb, who is a very nice horse, as if he was Secretariat.
I was almost believing it.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Avatar: My cuzin Isaac Murphy - a jock I'm tying to emulate in character and winning percentage - almost 47% lifetime.
I wonder if people will still dog Lukas about placing his horses. Really put a dent in those theories. Oh wait, they will say this is the weakest crop in the history of racing. The same argument that has been going around since 2008.
I never wanted a horse to lose as badly as this one. I could not take another day of Proro saying that this Paper Champion was worthy of the Preakness, Triple Crown ect... because down in his dreary basement one day he decided that this would be one of probably a dozen future bets that he had placed.
Mr. Super Bowl
If it is bet, they will take it.
The air is out of the balloon. This sport wanted so bad for Orb to be the savior. I was telling someone during the week I have never seen a horse who was not that fast being annointed the 2nd coming like Orb was. But I was hoping he would be able to keep it going at least through today. Pace makes the race and Orb was not a good enough horse to overcome that. Cheap tickets available now for the Belmont and we start all over with the new 2 year old races for next year.
Let me modify this slightly.
The Preakness presents a good case of good and bad with Lukas placing horses. Oxbow = Winner (beat the next Secretariat afterall). Titletown Five = DFL by 47+. I'd say on the whole, Lukas is solid at placing his horses in stakes races, but there are some head-scratchers.
I haven't seen anything that would make me think otherwise. There was one really nice horse, for a while.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
I amended my statement because I completely understand where people come from when they say Lukas has "lost it" (Ex: Titletown Five). I don't hear the same criticism about other trainers which is why I posted. For example, look at Doug O'Neill at Pimlico the last 2 days. He had 5 horses and all he had was a 3rd place finish to show for it by Richard's Kid (who is a whole different story). I think the criticism is overly harsh towards Lukas.
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