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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Who Am I ???

Who Am I ???

*A May foal in Kentucky, I was purchased for more than $600,000 as a yearling.

*Both my sire and his sire were American breeding legends.

*A winner of 36% of my races, I was able to earn more than double my high yearling price on the track.

*My first graded stakes win had to wait until the stewards said I should not come down.

*Minor throat surgery followed a poor performance at Santa Anita; I won my next race by more than six lengths.

*A multiple graded stakes winner, none of them came in New York, Southern California, Kentucky or Florida.

*My Hall of Fame trainer is still winning stakes in 2013.

*A winner of just one race as a juvenile, I still collected over $400,000 that year.

*Unfortunately, my career on the track was cut short by a serious racing injury.

*It was said that my races often put a charge into my well-known owner.

*My career in the breeding shed was admittedly nondescript.

You should know by now … Who Am I ??? 


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It's sad that the Tank only lived to age 13. 1985 was a very good year for three-year-old colts. They battled very hard.
Seems plausible, yes. Thanks again, goblin.
drvivianbell, There are, of course, many more details in the book. Gary describes his own opinion as an "educated guess", believing that a slight tendon injury occurred during the Derby and that "the trainer got one more good race out of him in the Preakness". I am quoting the book as written. As I said above, I don't know the actuality. Nice book, though, and I believe it's still available.
Thanks, goblin. It seems odd that Tank could win Preakness, in track-record time, if he'd been injured in KD, doesn't it?
set a new track record for the Preakness did he not?
I don't know, but in the book Gary says another jockey advised him to "watch yourself" if riding Tank. In 2002, Gary was remarking after years of experience.
One of the earliest indictments of D Wayne, or piling on?
Gary Stevens addresses his history with Tank's Prospect in some detail in his book, "The Perfect Ride", 2002. He was only 21-22 years old in 1985, and had only been riding "lesser horses" (his words) for Lukas. In April, Lukas asked Gary's agent if he would ride Tank's Prospect in the Arkansas Derby--Gary was "ecstatic", and subsequently won. He was offered the ride again for the Derby and accepted, but in this race Gary describes Tank as having an odd unbalance when striking the ground, and he finished seventh. At that point, Lukas was going to skip the Preakness with the horse and wait for the Belmont. Gary accepted a ride on a horse named Deal Price at Hollywood Park on Preakness day. Three days after that decision, Lukas changed his mind and put Tank in the Preakness; Gary kept his commitment to ride at Hollywood Park. He won his race on Deal Price, but watched Pat Day ride to victory on Tank on the east coast. Tank was vanned off the track in the Belmont, and Gary's "educated guess" is that the colt had injured himself in the Derby. All these things are explained in chapter six of "The Perfect Ride".
Thanks CFC! I really appreciate it.
Tank's effort in the Preakness actually made me cry. To borrow, and modify, from a famous quote...Horse Racing takes me where word cannot.
If memory serves, DWL was unhappy with Gary Steven's ride on Tank's Prospect in the Derby. That year, Pat Day's derby horse was Clever Allemont, until Tank spanked him in the Ark derby. I think Day did pick-up a late derby mount, but don't remember which. Steven's put in a great ride on Tank in the Ark derby.
Here's the article describing Day's ordeal. Here's to you, jay s.. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1119511/index.htm
I meant Tank's Prospect, not Thunder Gulch.
When Thunder Gulch broke from the gate in the Preakness, Pat Day lost his foot out of the stirrup. Into the first turn, Day would be trying to get his foot back in the stirrup. When he finally did, he was able to regroup, and concentrate on the task at hand. He went on to break the Preakness record(which was only recently given back to Secretariat due to a computer timing glitch). Anyhow, another case-and-point to deter tv's conviction that a jockey has nothing to do with what the horse accomplishes. As for Gary Stevens, don't know why he didn't ride him, but, I would guess he cherry picked some other contender.
Why didn't Gary Stevens ride the Tank in the Preakness?
The throat one helped me too. The trainer hint and the juvenile hint helped narrow it down.
I must admit that the line about "waiting for the stewards" initially pointed me towards Gate Dancer, but the throat surgery sealed the deal for me.
Man, as soon as I saw "minor surgery," it was over. I woulda been typing right away. BTW, I think somethings wrong with my treadmill. I put in the usual speed, but for some reason it's turning much faster. :)
You think you could've beat me and Michael? Good thing you weren't here so I got 2nd, not 3rd :)

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
As Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also consults for leading contest site Derby Wars, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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