With just a few days left before the eyes of the world become transfixed on London for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, I decided to have a little fun with it and put a horse racing twist on the big event. What if there were an Olympics of Thoroughbred Horse Racing? America could send over our top two candidates for each event and compete against the world.
Just as their human counterparts in the States field a strong national team each and every Summer Olympics, I think the American stable would be a formidable group. Sure our turf horses might be up against it, but the dirt races of the first ever Olympics of Thoroughbred Horse Racing should be our salvation. I didn’t have time to hold OTHR trials to decide our team, so the following horses represent only my selections for our two representatives in each race.
Dirt six furlongs – Amazombie & Roman Threat
Dirt one mile – Shackleford & Mucho Macho Man
Dirt 1 ½ miles – Redeemed & Paynter
Dirt six furlongs (Fillies & Mares) – Turbulent Descent & Musical Romance
Dirt one mile (Fillies & Mares) – It’s Tricky & Groupie Doll
Dirt 1 ¼ miles (Fillies & Mares) – Royal Delta & Grace Hall
Turf six furlongs – Fiddlers Patriot & Saint Leon
Turf one mile – Silver Max & Data Link
Turf 1 ½ miles – Point of Entry & Dhaamer
Turf six furlongs (Fillies & Mares) – Stopshoppingmaria & Jazzy Idea
Turf one mile (Fillies & Mares) – Tapitsfly & Zagora
Turf 1 ¼ miles (Fillies & Mares) – Lady of Shamrock & Winter Memories
Turf 1 ½ miles (Fillies & Mares) – Aruna & Starformer
Synthetic 1 ¼ miles – Wise Dan & Richard’s Kid
With this group, how many gold, silver, and bronze medals could the American team collect? What are the other countries that could compete with us in the total medal table? And most importantly, are there horses I left off the list that could have made the team if we were able to hold trials? Of course there are … please tell me who they are.