Sunday, October 04, 2009

Sour Grapes

Very interesting post race quotes following the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup win at Belmont by Summer Bird. Despite accurate observations from early one, such as this from Foolish Pleasure, critics are still here. This from Quality Road Jockey Johnny Velazquez:

"I think my horse is better on a dry track. I would like to see both horses on a dry track to see which horse is the best horse. "
Quality Road trainer Todd Pletcher had this to say:

"Summer Bird relishes this type of service. Sometimes you get lucky and it rains when you need it and sometimes it doesn't."
I guess Pletcher and Velazques have decided to throw out the Belmont Stakes win by Summer Bird over a dry and fast track. At this stage the argument is moot, the answer is in the scoreboard and the scoreboard shows 3 Grade 1 wins over both wet(The Travers, JCGC) and dry (The Belmont Stakes) surfaces. Game over.


PTP said...

There once was a day in our sport where those who were beaten shook the hand of the winner and said only "congratulations"


dana said...

Sounds like the excuses he made for Dunkirk in the Florida Derby.

Valerie said...

Considering the high-priced horseflesh he garners from big-bucks owners, the pressure to win another G1 race in New York is like an albatross around the Toddster's neck—it’s making him petty and bitter.

As Times-Union’s Tim Wilkin notes, Todd is on an 0 for 50 streak in G1 races in New York (!):

dana said...

wow, that's the quite the losing streak... I suddenly don't feel so bad about not cashing any tickets in the recent past!