Chasing Horse of the Year

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Chasing Horse of the Year
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Last November, trainer Bill Mott said he thought Ron The Greek, who hadn't won a significant stakes race since the 2010 LeComte, still had within him a store of unrealized talent. The stretch-runner, Mott said, in a Nostradamus moment, had the potential to reach a much higher level of performance. Since then, Ron The Greek has done just that, and with a victory in Saturday's Whitney at Saratoga, he could put himself in the middle of the Horse-of-the-Year discussion. "I think he [Ron The Greek] is a real late-developing horse," Mott said at Wednesday's drawing of post positions. "He's a huge, gorgeous horse, actually, but a horse you could tell wasn't going to get good until later in his career."

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