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Zipse At The Track

Name These Rivals!

Name These Rivals


Rival Clue #1 - A pair of Kentucky bred chestnuts, our rivalry began and ended in our three-year-old seasons.

Rival Clue #2- Both rivals won their second career start, and finished their juvenile season with only one victory.

Rival Clue #3- Our first meeting took place under the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs.

Rival Clue #4 - Both rivals were grade 1 winners in two different seasons; one season was the same for us, the other was not.

Rival Clue #5 - One rival raced on turf often, while the other never won on anything but dirt.

Rival Clue #6 - Our closest finish came in our second  meeting when we ran 1-2,  as the sixth choice and the favorite respectively.

Do you know who we are yet?  

Rival Clue #7 - We both competed in the Breeders’ Cup at least once, and in fact ran in it in the same year, but not in the same race.

Rival Clue #8 - Both of our trainers are still active, and each have won an American Classic in the 21st century.

Rival Clue #9 - In our three meetings, we each won once, but unfortunately both finished off the board in the final one.

Rival Clue #10 - The rival who finished ahead of the other in two of three, won more stakes, and won more grade 1 stakes, was not the one named a champion.

Rival Clue #11 -  In our respective final career races, one rival won a grade 1, while the other could not manage a top ten finish.

Rival Clue #12 - Born the same year, one rival retired at five, while the other retired at four.

Go ahead … Name us both! 



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...and some people called the 2011 three-year-olds weak. Shackleford and Animal Kingdom both had tremendous heart.
Wear your crown proudly, Mary Z ... you deserve it!
Thanks, all.
I was kind of thinking the rivals were Shack and AK with clue #1 about two chestnuts, but maybe by clue # 6 I was pretty sure. Just skimmed the rest of the clues.
Congrats, Mary Z.
No, Chris was playing, well done! What clue clinched it for you, Mary Z?
Nice job, Mary!!
Thanks, Jay. That one guy must be doing something else tonight, Brian.
OK (three years was enough), you just set a Name These Rivals track record!
Nice Mary!
The streak is over. You beat me to it! Congratulations!
Sounds like Animal Kingdom and Shackleford.
:) I still miss Who Am I?
That's because it is them!

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