The new points system for the Derby sucks. Suddenly Churchill Downs is playing God and deciding which prep races are worthy, rather than letting the trail sort itself out. War Emblem won the Illinois Derby, yet they completely exclude that race. No filly races will earn points, and I am the very last person to say filly races count the same, but I think they should let the best filly in for intrigue.
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I’m not sure just yet how I feel about the new points system. Ultimately, a lot of races just got left out of the mix where they shouldn’t have, and that is going to result in a drop in purses and track handles (bad). It’s also going to lead to a lot more horses trying to get into the field late, which is a problem already with certain later preps— I don’t like this because they fill the field first with graded winners/earners before they give anyone else a chance to try (see Arm Force trying to get into 2 preps this past Triple Crown trail with no avail).
The filly issue I think will just help push these gals into Derby consideration early… most wait until the last minute before deciding which race they want, which I think is unfair to colt owners… and really, if some think that’s a problem, don’t you think On Fire Baby and Grace Hall could have handled some of the lesser colts that got into the Derby? Mmm? The filly rule just allows for intrigue to set in early as they now need to compete in the same preps!
Biggest B.S.: giving winners of certain races like the UAE Derby (what…) 100 points while giving winners of other preps just 10 points. Yeah okay that seems fair and all… not…