If you're tired of trying to figure out where certain West Coast horses from certain barns are going next, join the crowd.
While we understand that things change--sometimes day to day--for any given horse, readers of The Downey Profile have expressed frustration with the seemingly endless changes of next-race plans for a handful of horses based on the West Coast.
Is it a game of chess, owner interference or do these horses change how they'e doing that often? As one astute observer put it, one of the reasons the NFL is so successful is that everyone knows in advance what marquee names will be squaring off. That makes the buildup for the matchups more entertaining and generates more interest on game days.
One thing connections might consider is the fact that around 20,000 interested fans partipate annually in Road to the Roses, and other fantasy leagues abound around the nation. There are draft rules and deadlines, e.g., March 21 begins a supplemental draft period in Road to the Roses.
If a player waited to put The Factor in his or her stable because it was thought he would wait for the March 27 Sunland Derby, but then he runs in the March 19 Rebel instead, the player loses.
That is small potatoes compared to the investment the owners and trainers put into these horses, but the latter group should not forget that in the end the fans are paying the bills by funding purse money with their bets.
By the way, does anyone know where Awesome Patriot or Silver Medallion will run next?
--Commentary by Dick Downey