It was a nice sentimental story that the filly Rags To Riches won the Belmont Stakes, but it was certainly nothing for her connections to brag about. The race was run in a time that was nearly a full five seconds slower than the record time of Secretaiat. I probably could have run the race that fast myself. And those slow fractions could have been set by a garden snail. Hard Spun's new jock made a grave error in judgment by not making good use of his trademark speed. Instead he just rode a rather even race. He might have had a legitimate shot to win if he had really used his greatest strength. And the results of the race would have definitely been different if he had forced a more credible pace. Oh well, I guess there's a good reason they're called pinheads.
A lackluster Belmont
Published: June 10, 2007, 11:46 am