How Pace Makes the Race: Part 2

Palace Malice passes Oxbow in the 2013 Belmont Stakes - Photo by Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photography In an article on Bet America last week, I discussed how the 2013 Triple Crown series is a perfect example of how pace can make a race. When Orb produced a huge late rally to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), he looked like a star in the making, but the pace of the race—with a very fast opening half-mile and a very [...]

How Pace Makes the Race: Part 1

Oxbow winning the 2013 Preakness Stakes - Jim McCue Photography Pace makes the race. It’s an indisputable fact of Thoroughbred horse racing that the pace at which a given race unfolds can have an effect on the outcome. A slow pace can favor front-runners, allowing them to finish strongly and hold off late runners. A fast pace can do exactly the opposite, tiring out the leaders and setting the race up for horses rallying from behind. I can’t [...]