In the contentious battle for 2014 Horse of the Year honors, there is no shortage of opinions. In a Paulick Report commentary this week, Mary Simon made her case for California Chrome. On the Twinspires.com blog, Kellie Reilly takes a different view:
“Four Grade 1 victories make for a fantastic season, especially when two of them are jewels of the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby and Preakness,” Reilly writes.
“But Horse of the Year is about the overall best horse in the United States, and by any objective measure, that's not Chrome. It's turf star Main Sequence, who capped an undefeated campaign (four-for-four, all in Grade 1s) by toppling a robust international cast in the Breeders' Cup Turf. That's the highest standard set by any U.S. runner in 2014.”
Reilly believes Chrome's loss in the Classic also calls into question his status as the season's top 3-year old:
“It was a magnificent stretch battle, but Chrome came up short, not versus his elders, but against two fellow sophomores. And lest anyone claim that he didn't run up to his best, note that he earned his highest BRIS Speed rating, a 110, in that gallant defeat. The Classic, not a moderately-run Derby, was arguably his finest hour, and he still lost.”
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