I noticed the same thing during the race Saturday. Thought it was dirty. Tried to think of a name for it, and the only thing that came to mind was “stalking horse,” which doesn’t quite fit.
It was mentioned but the announcers said it was fine that the rider was blocking.
i don’t care about horse racing but was rooting like hell for Justify as, some may remember, after American Pharoah won the triple crown in 2015 one of obama’s butty’s (david plouffe??) took to twitter and gave obama credit for the triple crown since Pharoah was the first horse in 30 years to pull it off...
hence once again it took President Trump 1/7th the amount of time to accomplish something it took obama...
I figured this would be about the decision not to run Audible, thus making a Triple Crown more likely. Justify led from the beginning to the end.
Im still waiting for the horse that can finish 35 lengths ahead of the field and break all of Secretariats records.
I dont expect to live that long.
That is part of racing... positioning...
Justify would have won anyway. A remarkable horse.
Has horse racing become NASCAR ?
You have “teams” where you have another jockey riding a nag to block serious contenders?
Sure looks that way.
The Triple Crown isn’t tainted because a bunch of sore losers cry after the fact. It seems in this day and age no one can just man up and say, “I got beat.” The other horses weren’t blocked by Raising Hope. Justify held the lead from post to wire. At the head of the stretch, Mike Smith asked Justify for speed, Justify responded. No horse on that track was going to catch him.
Is it true that George Soros is part owner of Justify? If so, then I’m not surprised. At either the possibility of cheating, or at the fact that the media are ignoring it.
It was mentioned on TV. And it was stated that it was legal.
I have decided this is a yawner. RH did nothing to push out horses on the clubhouse turn, only himself. And hardly did anything to keep some one horse in check...early, not late.
Justify had no whip and not even a hand ride until maybe half way, then finally waved the crop. Meanwhile his 3closest opponents all got out the crop coming out of the turn.
Not buying it.
I think Mueller needs to investigate. Trump is behind it as payoff to someone, somewhere! Give the boy another $4 million and see if he can dig up something.
Justify may have THOUGHT he was going to stud, but put that boy behind bars!
Load of crap. The object is winning. Blocking is not only part of horse racing but in NASCAR as well. Whine all you want, your problem is explaining how a dead last horse Gronkowski smoked the rest of the field to take 2nd place? Everyone else is just whining! If it wasn’t for that horse, you might have an argument.
Tomorrows NY Post sports cover:
Interesting from 2 years ago:
If that has you all up in arms you must have really pulled all the hair out of your head when Woody Stevens has jockey Pat Day on 49er slam into Winning Colors all the way down the back stretch to insure the Filly had no way of winning the triple crown. Both Woody Stevens and Pat Day should have been thrown off all race tracks forever, that was the dirtiest piece of riding I ever saw, and I have been around race tracks for many years.
Justify led the Belmont Stakes pole-to-pole, with all the other horses drafting at various points in order to save energy.
So "tainted", my -ss. Justify was the best horse by far and fully earned the victory. Leading pole-to-pole is no small feat, and the little move made early in the race by Restoring Hope was both legal, and ultimately had nothing to do with the outcome.
This article is nothing but sour grapes by someone who probably lost a bet. As I said, the commentators mentioned this incident and stressed that this mild teamwork was perfectly within the rules—just like it is in NASCAR.
Trying to taint Justify's victory, a horse who expended maximum energy—more than any other horse—by leading pole-to-pole is patently asinine...
I know little than nothing about racing but watched a documentary on Secretarist last night and while doing so I could see the potential for an owner to enter more than one horse and use the other to run flank and keep the other horses at bay.
It was not until Secretarists had died and autopsy done they discovered his heart was two and half times larger than most horses and why he could run so many laps ahead of the others and not tire as most would.