Can you believe this - a horse won by 19 lengths earning a 106 Beyer?
A 106 Beyer in a maiden special weight race?
Yes, the horse is a 4yo by Curlin and the race was for 3yos and up $90k maiden special weight at 6F on May 20, 2023, 11th race, at Belmont Park.
Still, he ran a Beyer of 106 for that 6-furlong race and won by 19 lengths.
Very impressive, although he beat a small field of five.
Yes, that is right: Five horses.
I can see that a horse can win by that margin (or bigger) but typically they don't earn the Beyer Speed Figure that high.
When a horse wins by that kind of margin, usually the horse is running on his/her own free-will -- running freely and leisurely and not being asked by the jockey or pressured by other horses.
And that's exactly what that horse did -- he ran on his own free-will without being asked by the jockey or pressured by other horses.
For those reasons they typically don't run that high of the numbers.
For that horse to win by that margin and earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure is very remarkable.
Imagine if the horse was being asked by the jockey and/or being pressured by other horses during the running of the race - the final number would surely be a lot higher than the 106 that the horse earned.
The horse's name is Mistical Curlin, a 4yo colt by Curlin.
I was hoping that this race had a huge field and had some stellar competitors and not a six-horse field with an unknown opponents' quality.
Nonetheless, the horse was very impressive.
I don't know what he beat in the other five maiden horses.
We'll just have to wait and see when he races next -- probably in the overnight stake race or 1st condition allowance race.