Well, one thing we certainly found out today was that Inglorious doesn't want anything to do with natural dirt! Before today, the only races she ever lost in her life were on the dirt at Fairgrounds. Fairgrounds is a safe track and is pretty much bias-free, but it's also a bit quirky, and horses either like it or they don't. Inglorious lost twice on that track in the only two dirt starts in her career, but that was early in her 3yo season. Her absolutely devastating performance in the Queen's Plate in a 17-horse field in which she was the only girl made me think she had transcended surface.
The thing that was weird though was that she opened the wagering at even-money. She was 6/1 on the ML which was probably a little inflated, but to open at first tick at even money was just plain weird. We see barn money come in on horses all the time, but not usually in a GI race that's one of the most important races of the year.
I'm a win/place bettor, and in races like this, sometimes the tote board tells the story. It will seldom point to the winner of the race, but it will often tell you when you need to stay out of it. I frankly loved Inglorious in the Alabama today, and I turned out to be wrong, but when she opened at even money off of an inflated 6/1 line, I was having no part of it.
I didn't play the race at all, and I saved money....I wouldn't have had Royal Delta anywhere anytime....much less at 6+ lengths!
I really do love this game. These horses humble us on every level.