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He is Jackson's Pride

The day finally came. At approximately 2:40pm January 22, 2012, the son of two racing titans was born.
 
Rachel Alexandra was an unbeatable phenomenon during 2009. She ruled not only over her own peers, but males, young and older. Setting numerous records for both speed and winning margin and beating colts a total of three times that year, the Jess Jackson owned filly became only the third three-year old filly to take Horse of the Year.
 
Curlin, never raced at two, was wheeled into Triple Crown competition after impressing in a maiden, the dominating two of Oaklawn’s Kentucky Derby Preps. Third in the Derby, a heart stopping re-rally to win the Preakness, and a pulsating and breathtaking stretch battle in the Belmont to finish second, showed just how great this colt was. In his career he earned over 10 million dollars, won the Dubai World Cup, Preakness, two Jockey Club Gold Cups, the Stephan Foster, the Woodward, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was a modern day iron horse and for his brilliance and toughness he was awarded Horse of the Year in 2007 and ’08.
 
Jess Jackson, owner of both Curlin and Rachel wanted to breed a superhorse and believe he could with Rachel and Curlin. Even though such high profile breedings, especially ones involving a great racemare, tend to never come to fruition, there is no doubt the hype this newborn colt will bring. It will be two years before he ever sets foot on a racetrack and already there are high expectations.
 
Despite such lofty expectations, one cannont look at a picture of Rachel’s new colt and not melt. Personally I was hoping that the foal would inherit Curlin’s coppery coat, but instead he took his mother’s dark bay. The star on his head is a large splotch, right in the middle of his forehead. He weighed approximately 125lbs. Also a good note, those around her, reported was a natural mother, but who would have expected anything
else?
 
This foal was the dream of a man who was a pioneer for our sport. He campaigned his best against his best, and wanted to bring into this world foals that would return this sport to its former glory. Jackson wanted to see this day more than most things, this foal would have been his pride and glory, which is why even though I love both his dam and sire, I hope the foal bears Jackson’s name.
 
It may be corny, but after Jackson’s passing, and considering how much he wanted this, I think a fitting name would be Jackson’s Pride. This foal is his more than anyone else’s, even in his death. This foal is his legacy, and I know no matter win or lose, Jackson will be beaming down from above.
 

 

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I did also.
Oh nice!!! That was the name I picked and sent in for the contest. I wonder how many other people sent the same name in.
Jess's Total Eclipse
I think Jackson's Pride is a very fitting name for this colt Jackson would love it if he was here!
They should really name the horse "Pancake Surprise"
Floridaf, that would be something if they decided to do that. I think they would get many quality name choices.
Rachel's Star for the mark on his forehead.
I like it but am pushing Jess's Dream..maybe they will have a name contest!
Love it. I hope they do name him in honor of Jackson because you were right, "this foal is his more than anyone else's."
i got the million $$$ name,,,Star of Currach,,, send my check
i got the million $$$ name,,,Star of Currach,,, send my check
i got the million $$$ name,,,Star of Currach,,, send my check
"Tryancatchrachelskid"
I like the name "A STAR IS BORN"
Not in the least, merely saying that when one developes such a mindset, it's hard to just consider that he is just another foal. He's mortal. When you strip it down, he is just an exceedingly adorable newborn foal, who would melt the coldest heart in a matter of seconds.
u act like he'd be embarrassed "Despite such lofty expectations, one cannont look at a picture of Rachel’s new colt and not melt."
We may have to wait a while, but i'm so looking forward to watching him grow, to see who then takes after. So far it looks like he does have a lot of both parents in him.
You have voiced exactly what this horse means to so many of us. Jackson's Pride, or as Barbara Banke refers to him, Jess' Dream, either name is fitting.
OR Jackson's Dream?
Great article...I too was hoping he would take Curlin coat but today picture reveal that he is in the middle. He didn't take RA or Curlin color, he seems to be in the middle. Maybe they can call him Jackson's Star.

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Laura Pugh got her first taste of Thoroughbred Racing when she watched War Emblem take the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2001. After that point, she fell in love with the sport, reading every piece of news and information she could get her fingertips on.


Laura has a long history with horses in general, taking her first ride on her fifth birthday, with her first official riding lesson when she was eight years old. Both years she attended college she joined her school’s equestrian team, first at the now closed Virginia Intermont College, then again at Delaware State University. Unfortunately, after back and shoulder injuries, she had to hang up her saddle. 


In 2010 Laura came to Horse Racing Nation, but soon branched out to other media outlets, such as Lady and the Track, TwinSpires.com, and USRacing. She currently works at a local newspaper as a community reporter, while making a return to Horse Racing Nation, where she will once again feature her opinionated columns on the latest in horse racing. 

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