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Q of the D : who do you think was better, Arts and Letters or Majestic Prince?
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  • AnnaK · Huge like to Laz. Love these lots to sink your teeth into lessons. · 78 days ago ·
  • buckpasser · Yes MacMahon overruled Johnny Longden and ran MP in the Belmont Stakes. MP had come out of the Preakness with some tenderness in his right front which was the reason why Longden did not want the horse to run in the Belmont. At the time MacMahon agreed with Longden ( they were very close friends). He even added that They wanted a TC not a Cripple Crown. Supposedly what got to MacMahon was the intense pressure for a TC win and I read that the the final straw was Whitney Tower's article in Sports Illustrated accusing MacMahon et Al of ducking the Big One. So after a shouting match with Longden, MacMahon ran MP in the Belmont. Baeza on Arts and Letters set a slow pace and Hartack miss judged the pace. Hartack was savaged for his ride by the press the next day with many including Russ Harris and David Alexander etc. comparing this ride to that on ND. Hartack maintained that running him in the Belmont was a huge mistake because the horse was hurting. Longden tried to bring the horse back to the races later that year but was unsuccessful. I remember talk about MP coming back for the Travers and possibly the Woodward, but it came to naught. · 78 days ago ·
Buckpasser,last night i was watching the Super Bowl with a few friends. With the decision academic. We started talking horses. We went back in time to where the predomenant owners were the major Stables. My favorite of all time was Rokeby Stables. I always loved Mack Miller. But my friend brought up there history,a little before me. He mentioned that Elliot Burch trained for them. I did not know that. I remember himtraining the Whitney horses. The horse i want to ask you about is Arts and Letters. I always knew the name,but never paid attention to the actual history. To my surprise,i found out that this guy was 2 heads off in the Derby and Preakness from being a Triple Crown Winner. I have heard you discuss many top horses . How did he rank amonst the greats. Was he that good,or was he around in a year there were not any top horses. I know he lost the first 2 legs to Majestic Prince. But i never heard him being compared to the greats.
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  • travel_vic · Once a year the 49er's played the Raiders pre-season and the fans at Oakland are RABID · 156 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · I saw Burch twice on the west coast as he brought out Fort Marcy to both Anita and Hollywood · 156 days ago ·
Arts & Letters and Fort Marcy were bred by Paul Mellon of Rokeby Stables in Upperville, Virginia. Mr. Mellon is the only owner to win the Kentucky Derby (Sea Hero), Epsom Derby (Mill Reef) and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Mill Reef). Virginia breeders were common in years past, but now number far less with the passing of Paul Mellon, Edward Evans (Quality Road and Saint Liam) and the sale in 1979 of Meadow Farm. Ellerslie Stud moved the bulk of their business to form Claiborne Farm years ago, and sold the Virginia farm in 1946.
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  • cab2536 · With Farish in charge, they'll take turns alternating between Santa Anita and Churchill Downs. Any other venue that wants consideraation will have to send their executives to the BC with hat in hand and kissing rings to be afforded any consideration. The BC is so out of touch. · 330 days ago ·
  • Northport · i think it would be cool if there was a rotation kind of set up. Every four years it is held once at Churchill, once at Belmont, once at Santa Anita, and once at any other track · 330 days ago ·
With all the excitement of the recently completed Triple Crown, I have not had a chance to venture into the racing laboratory of late. I put a stop to that trend late last night. I put on my racing lab coat, turned on the Bunsen burners, started mixing potions, and tested any and all hypothesis that...Read More
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  • BrianZipse · Mike, you are way off ... Against two triple crown winners, Alydar, Alysheba, et all? No possibility of even single digits. · 1111 days ago ·
  • Sullivan · I think Ack Ack sweeps · 385 days ago ·
A brief summary on the life of Federico Tesio, the Wizard of Dormello, who reinvented racing and dominated it with an open mind and ambition.Read More
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  • Sysonby · Well written piece. There is no question Tesio bred horses who established outstanding breeding lines. I still have to say that ignoring the fact that the mare contributes half the chromosomes to the horse is just a little bit crazy. · 510 days ago ·
  • amino998 · What's the back story on Ribot's mom Romanella? Found her on the side of the road? · 506 days ago ·
Arts and Letters improved dramatically during the second half of his three year old season, winning Belmont and taking down 3 year old honors
There's no place where I feel better about the chances of seeing a future champion debut than a juvenile maiden race at Saratoga...Read More
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  • BrianZipse · I hope everyone has a safe day. · 1084 days ago ·
  • Waya · Devil's Bag, there's a name from the past. He was the best 2-year-old I ever saw, bar none. · 1083 days ago ·
Arlington Heights, Illinois is the place to be as a raucous crowd of more than 50,000 thoroughbred racing enthusiasts have come today to see one thing. The greatest horses in racing history that all share the common thread of having a name that begins with the letter A, racing in one of the most eag...Read More
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  • cmymcadoo · When Can we expect Un-"B"-lievable Stakes from Belmont? Will it be run on Bastille Day? I think you should run the whole alphabet. It would be tremendous fun! You can post a poll for 2 days prior to the running and maybe give away random gifts (hats, t-shirts, etc.) to one of those who picked the winners. · 1108 days ago ·
  • ChristineDix · Alysheba was the most tenacious horse of the 20th century...and one of the most underrated! Glad he won!!! · 1099 days ago ·
Hall of Famer J. Elliott Burch, who trained Belmont Stakes winners Sword Dancer, Quadrangle, and Arts and Letters, died Saturday at Newport Hospital in Rhode Island of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.   Burch, the son of Hall of Fame trainer Preston Burch and grandson of Hall of Fame tr...Read More
  • humphrey · From a great family of trainers of which Preston wrote one of the definitive books on training. Saw this fellow come west with ex horse of the year Fort Marcy · 1256 days ago ·
May 26, 1980 Genuine Risk's jockey cried foul when Codex grazed her at the top of the stretch en route to his win at Pimlico Read More

Arts And Letters - Race Results & Past Performances

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