Tessablue wrote:Man, two days ago I was starting to worry that sweeping four of the most competitive dirt G1s in the world was a big deal or something... super relieved to discover that it's not.
Wasn't the Pegasus pretty much just a matchup between Arrogate and Chrome? And the real Chrome didn't show up?
What dirt horses did Arrogate beat in Dubai that were better than he met in the BCC?
My point is that people are elevating the status of both races due to the purses or other mystical reasons. The level of the competition is always what matters most, always.
Shaman Ghost and Gun Runner, the other top older handicap horses this year. "Major G1" is basically just shorthand for "quality field, probably at a classic distance, probably requires shipping." I agree that people do sometimes hype up big-name races without cause, and a hypothetical Woodward could
have a better field than the DWC, but that doesn't seem to be the case here and wins in New York, Florida, California and Dubai will always be more noteworthy than a win streak compiled at a single track or in a single state.
And I'm not sure how relevant this is to the current discussion, but field quality does seem to be one of the variables that time erases very quickly. Nobody remembers or cares that many Triple Crown winners faced absolutely terrible fields- only the names of the races are left to memory. Unless it becomes a new norm, Arrogate's Classic/Pegasus/DWC triple will persist for a long while- fortunately for us, those wins came against fields of actual quality and were all tremendous performances on their own.