Isn't that part of the mystic? Part of the horse trading to lock in what you consider a chance at the conditions of the race I would have thought ratings were pretty low on the priority list.
Still you'd have to feel for the MiRunners who last year locked in the progressive Rothfire only for him to bow out injured - certainly no lemonade there from those lemons.
If you owned a horse like Rothfire, who at the time had only been beaten once, you wouldn't worry about ratings.
You would be entitled to believe in your horse.
Problem is when he got injured and you have to look around......ratings would matter then.
There would have been some pretty desperate negotiating going on when he and Farnan both dropped out.
That Dollar for Dollar got a run off his 104 rating is a major flaw.....no mystique there.