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California Chrome wins Preakness

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Inky_Wretch, May 17, 2014.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Two down, one to go for the Triple Crown.

    I'll take the field against him in the Belmont.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    You won't make any money if he wins, but you'll be killing yourself if you don't put down $2 on a horse with a legit shot at the Triple Crown.
  3. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the same thing. If you win, you make your money back on a triple crown winner, plus a dime or two. And if you lose, you're out two bucks.
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    That's a fast, strong horse. He may not win the Belmont, but Inky's field bet is about the only one I'd make against him.
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Roughly 99.9 percent of those $2 win bets, if won, won't be cashed anyway. Keepsakes.

    I'm gonna get together with a horseplaying friend, maybe grab a few other friends, and throw some bucks at a big trifecta box that doesn't include California Chrome winning. If he doesn't hit the board at all there's going to be some nice cheese to be made.
  6. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    We've seen more impressive horses win the Derby and Preakness and then falter in the Belmont. That mile-and-a-half is a killer for most horses.

    That said, hey, he might be the one to end the Triple Crown draught. I've been disappointed so many times that I'm not holding my breath.
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    CC's Preakness win was actually pretty similar to those of Seattle Slew and Affirmed:

    But not like this guy:

  8. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    He looked to me as if he was fading the last couple of hundred yards. Maybe it was a pull-up because the race was won, but I even said before he crossed the line "He won't win Belmont. The extra distance will get him."

    Hopefully I am wrong.
  9. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    I bet Bayern which got clobbered coming out of the gate, squeezed and bumped on the way to the first turn and never recovered.

    As for winning tickets that don't get cashed, I believe the only one my old man, a degenerate gambler who loved the ponies, never cashed was a $2 win ticket on Secretariat in his last race. The ticket hangs in a frame in my brother's place with a picture of the horse crossing the wire.

    My brother slipped a winning ticket from the previous day's card at Woodbine into the pocket of the old man's jacket at his funeral so he could leave this world a winner after backing so many losers at the track.
  10. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    It'll prove to be an interesting decision by New York racing officials regarding a nasal strip for CC. Two years ago they said no to I'll Have Another.
  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    That was my thinking as well; CC was definitely laboring to the finish line, similar to Seattle Slew and Affirmed (see above); Secretariat in 1973 was just rocketing away at the finish (opened his lead from 1/2 to 2 1/2 lengths in the final 200 yards), in hindsight it was easy to see if the race was another 5/16 of a mile, he was gonna win by 20+ lengths.
  12. FishHack76

    FishHack76 Active Member

    Would be absolutely dumb to make that mistake again. Certain horses run with tongue ties, shadow rolls, ear muffs and eye screens in a race. How is this any different?

    If everyone has the opportunity to use a nasal strip, what's the big issue? They let Asmussen/Dutrow drug up horses from here to Kingdom Come and won't let this in? That would be a real NCAA move.

    I feel like this will ultimately be a tempest in a teapot by Wednesday morning, but you never know sometimes with these state jurisdictions, especially NYRA.
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