Well, to put it another way- if that was the plan, it clearly worked! Audible returning and immediately sweeping the table would have looked pretty terrible, by their own admission there was nothing actually wrong with him, and I think the Justify retirement saga proved that Winstar thinks racing fans are idiots. And honestly, on its own giving the horse an extended break was probably for the best. I'm just not willing to give them the benefit of the doubt at all, now or in the future, and while I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, it's not like anybody believed that Audible would actually run in the race. Or that Justify was actually injured.Curtis wrote: ↑Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:38 amOkay, I’ll bite. Do you honestly think Audible was held out of the Belmont for nefarious reasons and just to make it look good, Winstar also took him out of training so he would miss the Haskell, Travers, PA Derby and BC? And now that Winstar, et al has perfected this sting are they going to do it again next year or are they going to lay low for awhile to really make it convincing? Will Baffert or Pletcher touch their nose or will the horse wiggle its’ ears?Miss Woodford wrote: ↑Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:19 amCall me a tinfoil hatter, but Justify's win will always be a little tainted for me with the Audible situation and it bugs me that it fell out of people's minds so quickly. Maybe not enough to put an asterisk by his name in the list of Triple Crown winners, but combined with his drastically condensed career I just can't give him Horse Racing Legend status the way other people want so badly to. I get that we've been starved of TC winners but IMO just winning the three races (the last in a shady fashion) shouldn't automatically make him Horse of The Year.
We'll see what he does next year and if that ignites more talk, although I wouldn't be surprised if he's retired after winning the Pegasus.