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Old 05-31-2018, 03:07 PM   #91
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Ratings for the Belmont

Horse...............Rating.....ADJ to 1 1/2 Miles

Justify..............1,908.....1,912
Gronkoski.........1,842.....1,843
Blended Citizen..1,836.....1,837
Vino Roso..........1,836.....1,901
Hofburg............1,831.....1,872
Free Drop Billy...1,828.....1,832
Tenfold.............1,826.....1,873
Bandua.............1,826.....1,830
Noble Indy........1,824.....1,824
Bravazo............1,824.....1,756
Seahenge..........1,788.....1,751
Restoring Hope..1,772.....1,764
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Repole is no jerk. People that call him a jerk are the real jerks. (Tom)

He grew up in my old neighborhood (i don't know him personally) like everybody else in an average working-class neighborhood.

Made his own way and fortune on his own. Not some spoiled rich kid born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

Believe he used to sneak into Aqueduct as a kid, like a lot of kids did.

He loves NY and is great for the sport imo and would love nothing more, like someone else said, to win the Belmont.
From my understanding he has also remained close to the friends he had growing up. Not like he got rich and forgot his real friends. Again just what Iíve heard. Regardless, these things are always a tough call; Iím generally skeptical of personal interest stories but am equally skeptical when it comes to opinions people have regarding those more successful than themselves. However, there are some facts such as those you mentioned and Repoles own statements regarding the Belmont. None of those facts make him a jerk and Ill agree he is good for the sport.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:26 AM   #93
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Watchmaker's slant on Justify.....which I disagree with, but hopefully, everyone will listen to him and give a point or two more odds.

http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-b...-story-justify



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Watchmaker's slant on Justify.....which I disagree with, but hopefully, everyone will listen to him and give a point or two more odds.

http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-b...-story-justify
to me, in the Preakness, JUSTIFY ran as good a race as any horse could have ever run. for sure the time was on the slow side, but time isn't everything in horse racing.
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to me, in the Preakness, JUSTIFY ran as good a race as any horse could have ever run. for sure the time was on the slow side, but time isn't everything in horse racing.
If you're of that opinion, how does that shape your view of the horse for his next start on a 3 week turnaround? Was it a taxing race? Too taxing?

I'm not quite sure how to quantify the quality of his race based on the pace pressure he received but I'm confident that his Preakness was a regression and/or a very taxing effort.... neither of which bold well for the Belmont.
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