06/13/2008 7:22PM

Saturday opinions, etc.

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Dan or anybody,
Who do you think at this point in the year is leading candidate for Horse of the Year?...I would say either Big Brown or Heatseaker.
Riley


The picture may be a little clearer after the big horse runs in the Foster, but I'd say Big Brown, Belmont flop notwithstanding, has to be considered near the top of any list.  I can't argue with anyone that throws Zenyatta's name out there.

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Congrats to Stephen Taylor for his Erdiston's victory at Arlington on Thursday.

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Dan -- Any word on Numaany, who's sensational stretch drive in his maiden win (after bolting and going from first to last) has become a youtube favorite?
Willow Hour


Numaany emerged from the UAE Derby exhibiting lameness in his left hind leg.  He is on our Disabled List on the right hand side of the blog.

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Dan,
Over the last several years I've really questioned some of the Eclipse award winners in there divisions. I don't pretend to understand the process but I do know alot of horses have been labeled champions without racing very much. It also appears the media discriminates against those owners and trainers who are less than lovable. I personally would like to see it made a requirement to receive a championship award that you run at least 6 times in the year and 4 in graded stakes. No trainer who received a suspension of any kind or owner found in any wrong doing could win as well.  I just think champions are defined by more than a couple of races. Longevity, consistency and soundness, as well as talent make a champion. Do you mine explaining the process, and what are your thoughts on the way these champions are determined.
Hillbilly


There really isn't a process.  It's completely subjective based on the opinions of the "experts" that do the voting.  I think everyone votes for who they believe is the most accomplished horse in a respective division.  I'd love to see longer campaigns as much as anybody, but I don't think the potential withdrawal from Eclipse consideration would deter owners from prematurely retiring their horses for megabucks at stud.  The game has changed since Seattle Slew and Spectacular Bid were running.  A four-race schedule is now a "grueling" campaign. 

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Does anyone know what has happened to Steppenwolfer?
Joan C

Steppenwolfer suffered a cracked right knee, and hasn't raced since last year's Manhattan Handicap at Belmont.  He is back in training at Belmont Park, and is nearing a return to the races.  He was added to our Disabled List on December 7, 2007.

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Hey Dan,
Do you know what the record for wins is by a trainer @ Mth? The meet there often changes in the number of days for the summer meet, so I'm not sure how they judge that as far as records...
Steve V


I believe the number is 55, and the record is shared by John Tammaro and J. Willard Thompson.

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Have a great weekend!

Take care,

Dan