After the Preakness, trainer Chad Brown was disappointed in the trip his champion juvenile Good Magic had gotten.
“No, I didn't want the horse on the lead,” Brown said. “The post didn't help. We were inside
the whole way. Unfortunately, our horse took the worst of it being on the fence and getting pressed the whole way. He's just not a horse that runs on the lead, so I'm pretty disappointed. He didn't give up. I know this horse very well and he's not a horse to be on the lead. No way.
“You guys asked me all week what I wanted to do – sit off the pace and follow
around the track. And he's following us around.”
Last Edit: May 20, 2018 11:30:24 GMT -5 by madameblum
Post by cherokeescot on May 20, 2018 11:46:15 GMT -5
Poor form by Chad. If you are going to criticize your jockey do it in private. I think most observers, myself included, thought that Jose Ortiz rode the best race to try and beat Justify and it almost came off but in the end cost him a placing. Jose’s first reaction after the race was that he did everything he could to beat Justify but his horse was just not good enough. Later he changed it to say it was all his fault as he didn’t follow instructions !
Paulick left out some of the quote. Brown also said the Good Magic getting fast out of the gate and his inside position to Justify left Ortiz with few options. Sounds like Brown wishes Ortiz had taken GM back but understands why he didn't.
Post by bobtailnag on May 20, 2018 15:43:51 GMT -5
If you're a pilot you understand that if any kind of issue arises, large or small, regardless what of SOP or whatever the tower tells you, the final decision is up to you ro do whet you think is the best move. Jockeys are not in the same class as pilots but once the bell rings the jockeys are the only ones who can decide if the plan is working or if he/she needs to do whatever different he can to help the horse win.
Lukas and Calumet don't have any rabbits fast enough to set it up for Bravazo. On the other hand Asmussen and Winchell do, if they so choose for Tenfold. Looking forward to Belmont Day (and also Analyze It in the Belmont Derby )