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Old 02-14-2018, 04:06 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Ruffian1 View Post
It is not an illusion. But I don't think that an exact post position is as much the key as it is the setup of the race.
Many ( not all) speed horses hate their right eye covered up by another horse. You will notice riders that are on that type will move accordingly to keep that eye clean of another horse, even if the move is premature. They know they are dead if that happens.
Others, as mentioned, do not like the spray of dirt. Those types will always try and get out of the spray to make a run.
Those are the two most common problems with being inside.
Horses that have these tendencies can make a jockey look bad to the public as they assume the rider either moved too early or lost too much ground getting out of behind the wall of dirt.
Often times, what looked like a bad ride in customers eyes was simply trying to accommodate that horses needs.
Not always of course as sometimes the customer is right and it was a poor ride. But not quite as often in these two instances and it might seem.

CJ is right about knowing post positions at certain distances at certain tracks. Key info to have IMO.
Hope that helps.
Interesting. I never thought about the reasoning but I've always hated when a horse I bet is battling inside and the horse outside is a little in front. I'd go so far as to say most horses don't like it based on results.
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