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Column Companion: Grade 1's of 2012
By Steven Crist
Here, in conjunction with the Sunday column on the same topic, is the list of the 112 Grade 1 races run in the United States in 2012 with the winning horse, trainer and jockey for each and the leaders by victories in each of those categories:
It would have been more productive if Crist would hve listed payouts, so the BETTOR can see the real value in grade I races. Maybe I would track them and play them if I knew value was there. I would loveto lay the 112 grade I races but not if most pay $4.80
Just like last year, your list of Grade I Winner's this year will come in handy. There were only a few I missed recording, so it was very helpful to have someone else list these winners. I'll be looking for your list of all Graded winners for the year.
wise dan will get horse of the year but the best horse of 2012 was i'll have another and the most talented was animal kingdom. i'd bet animal kingdom on any surface at any distance against wise dan. happy new year.
In the same vein as my previous comment, I think Velasquez's total is amazing. He won 11.5% of all G1s. Without -- obviously -- riding in all of them. Which other jockeys, I wonder, have ever won more than 13 G1s in a year?
It would be interesting to know how many G1s each trainer and jockey participated in. For instance: Steve Asmussen, Two wins. But two-for-what? Fifty? And I wonder if, say, Dale Romans, had the best win percentage in G1s. Was glad -- and a bit surprised -- to see that he had nine. I wonder, too, if Mike Smith was the leader (percentage-wise) among jockeys.
Had the superfecta in 2 year old turf--boxed three euros with 2 best USA.....2400 for 120. Wise Dan 9:5 and Fort Larned 9:1. Zagora and Little Mike LOVED It FIRM--carried them. 900k for Jimmy Creed---LOL...must be nice. Good picks for 2013.
Superfecta in Kentucky Derby this Year---19-6-5-13-8. I was born in 1965 and it was the 138 running of the roses. Missed it.
Cool, but that's looking in the rearview mirror. BC Pick six wasn't that difficult in hindsight....Sad, only once a year like the KD superfecta with 20 colts......Santa Anita on TVG this year..game changer for me.....Who won darby this year--exited SA Derby.....2013 good year to capture some magick......Andy Beyers speed figs rule---look at the BC pick 6 and their beyers--the magic was there...won't miss again.....
Pretty low #'s for sadler 3, asmussen 2, rosario 5 (no santa monica) this year and nakatani i guess 5 , 3&2........j vlaasqz 13 double m smith ,,, just a few
Bogus "American" G1s: Las Virgenes SA Oaks (TWO 3 yo March races for fillies... ridiculous) Florida Derby Wood Memorial Ashland SA Derby Blue Grass Arkansas Derby Prioress DMR Debutante Spinaway DMR Futurity Jamaica Gazelle La Brea Malibu
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