Ferdinand Silks Ride
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What the Horse Racing Nation is saying about Ferdinand...

A terrible death for a great racehorse. such a sad story :(
Outstanding horses, outstanding trainers, outstanding jockeys, Great, Great race, Great, Great call. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHPSiq6iV-Q
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  • travel_vic · we have MANY of his recordings in the archive of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and NONE of them are clear...NOT a one · 65 days ago ·
  • Sullivan · Here are some that are clear http://www.lkyradio.com/WHASKentuckyDerby.htm · 65 days ago ·
Join Zipse at the Track as he remembers the first 15 years of the Breeders' Cup with a little visual assistance from the BC logo of each year.Read More
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  • Mike in SB · 1993 was one of the greatest years for American Turf horses with both Lure and Horse of the Year Kotashaan, and another top turf horse Bien Bien who I believe was a son of the great Manila. I remember seeing Kotashaan beating Bien Bien by a nose in the 1 3/4 mile San Juan Capistrano and later winning by a neck or so in the Breeders Cup Turf. Super group of turf horses that year. · 167 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · Yes, CFC ... Thirty Slews was the first time I remember Baffert ... Bien Bien was excellent, just not quite Kotashaan. · 166 days ago ·
One of my favorite Kentucky Derby performances: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khVKgCT1p7w One thing to ponder when watching this race...within the same state there were two pretty special six-week-old colts, born just three days apart, bouncing around in a pasture not too far away. Their names? Sunday Silence and Easy Goer.
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  • travel_vic · Rivia question I always ask around here is give me a name shared by both a K Derby and Queens' Plate winner. Ferdinand the 1897 Plate winner. · 240 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · if you watched many Ferdinand races, you will notice that once he makes the lead, the ears go forward and he is trough running. · 240 days ago ·
Pass It On - Three little words that help the horses we love retire safely, in good health, and with dignity. Read More
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  • travel_vic · the Eclipse award winning sprinter Chinook Pass had a long career as a jumper once retired from racing too. · 263 days ago ·
  • amino998 · Didn't know that, thanks >> a personal favorite. · 263 days ago ·
Snow Chief was a Classic winner and an American champion. The California bred, near black colt was a consistent and dominant star in 1985 through 1987. He was the all-time leading California bred earner until surpassed by Best Pal, and still is fourth only behind Tiznow, Best Pal and Lava Man...Read More
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  • travel_vic · the loigic is that you continually RAID parimutuel pools when there are discrepancies......I have gone through entire cards at Oaklawn and did not miss a payout..Some were little more than a push, but it was EVERY race...After 14 in a row, I knew I found the wagering mecca for that type of wager. · 264 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · that of course was 14 WAGERS in a row, not 14 races in a row...Many with more than 3 FTS or contests were the distirbution of wagering is too even do not qualify as wagering opportunities. · 264 days ago ·
After watching several of the Kentucky Derbies from the 70s and the 80s, my conclusion that I missed out on all the best runnings of the race was solidified.Read More
Solid Racing Gold. 56-yr-old Wille Shoemaker and Ferdinand hold-off a America's Horse. THIS is what it's all about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l7TS_wI6qg
We are only three weeks from one of the highlights of the year for racing fans. If you are like me, and cannot wait to get to Louisville each year to soak in all the Kentucky Derby festivities, please let me suggest a wonderful way to spend that week's Thursday evening ... Ferdinand's Ball.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · Great cause, and bonus, you get to meet Jessie. · 367 days ago ·
  • MichaelHorvath · This year you may get to meet Rosie Napravnik as she is the recipient of the Ferdinand Award this year. Plus, the award will be presented by Jeannine Edwards of ESPN! Come one, come all!!!! · 363 days ago ·
I recently retired from the military and had been away from horse racing for many years. I just learned last night that this wonderful, wonderful horse met his end at a Japanese slaughter house. My heart has ached all day, terribly. This was a true tragedy.
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  • cocoa2 · I can communicate with cattle, the most with pigs and sheep. I personally do not eat horse meat but the idiots who condemn others for the practice need to wake up and leave their fantasy land. My Irish, Jewish, Italian ancestors moved to America because they had few rights. America is supposed to be the land of rights. If it really okay for you to say what people can and cannot do; or eat? · 518 days ago ·
  • rafirox · Not like you can when a horse in under you. I'm done arguing. · 518 days ago ·
should have never died the way he did :'(
When you re-watch the 1986 Kentucky Derby, Mike Battaglia never mentions Ferdinand's name until he takes the lead in the stretch. You can hear his surprise in his voice when he exclaimed, "And here's...FERDINAND?!" His later battles with Alysheba are some of the best ever, and a true statement of how great they really were. We love you big boy!
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  • travel_vic · Sec's final was 23 so this was the second fastest of all the Derbies....Laffit later stated that Rumbo was hesitant about passing horses late the same thing he did when he ran second to Codex earlie in the year in the SA Derby · 594 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · Ferdinand came up on the inside as I recall so most announcer's would miss him, PARTICULARY the hapless Battaglia · 594 days ago ·
This Saturday will mark the 75th renewal of the “The Big ‘Cap”, as it is affectionately known, which will take place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.Read More
Looking for an amazing way to spend the Thursday evening before the Kentucky Derby? I have the perfect answer ... Ferdinand's Ball. Last year, I was able to attend my very first Ferdinand's Ball, and it was easily one of the highlights of an already fantastic weekend. I was greeted with great food a...Read More
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  • RyanBrady · I am trying to see if they wiil take my Rapid Redux Autopraphed (Yes By the horse too) Beautifully Framed Poster for this event. · 783 days ago ·
  • RyanBrady · autographed* · 783 days ago ·
See where Zenyatta ranked in our Top 10 Best ClassicsRead More
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  • shadowno · The level playing field not my comment, but with regard to the surface, geography played a part given the tracks proximity to the San Gabriel mountains. Heavy rains and flooding/runoff from the mountains washed away part of the pro-ride surface in 2009-10 costing them racing days and $$$$$. Also, I don't believe it ever drained as advertised like the cushion track that cost multiple dates in 08.. It was a safer surface for horses, by reported fatilities, signifigantly so, even factoring in the lost days. But here (probably even more here given the state budget and miserable economy), as everywhere $$$$ talks and a closed track can't produce revenue. And with Awesome Gem that 1 win happened to be the Hollywood Gold Cup and he produced clutch efforts in the Pacific Classic, San Antonio and Goodwood in over synthetics so I'll give him credit for his ability to handle prety much anything thrown his way. · 861 days ago ·
  • footlick · the other problem with the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita was that they never cleared out the former surfaces completely when installing and then reinstalling the Pro-Ride, so it was never a pure surface to begin with and that added to it's instability · 861 days ago ·
The Pennsylvania Derby was first run in 1979 at Keystone on Memorial Day with the Woody Stephens trained Smarten taking the winners share of the $100,000 purse. In 1981 the race became a grade three stake.Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · Oh, by the way, that was 1980. And, thanks Matt for your story. · 937 days ago ·
  • AndyScoggin · Spearfish got claimed from us after about a year and then claimed again. That trainer got him to climb the claiming ladder and win 4 races in a very short period of time. Spearfish was them claimed and disappeared forever. We eventually heard what happened. It is sad that there are a few trainers that don't care about the condition of their horses. I really do believe that those types are the exceptions in racing and that most trainers do care about their horses. · 937 days ago ·
Rachel Alexandra ran her last race,.......Read More
Opening week at Del Mar and Saratoga brings plenty of potential superstars about to make their career debuts ...Read More
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  • MarkRodriquez · Brian a study was done and reported in the Racing Form. Dr. Parkin of univ. of Glasgow's study came up with these results: Horses break down on dirt at a rate of 2.14 times per 1,000 starts. Horses break down on synthetic tracks at a rate of 1.55 per 1,000 starts. This report was widely circulated and was ignored by the dirt-loving horse media. The study looked at 750,000 starts over the past few years. Mathematically, that's a 50% higher rate that dirt has. Something ponder, and I guess the dirt-loving horse media loves it's wallet more than the jocks and horses. · 1001 days ago ·
  • MarkRodriquez · And Kris F. is correct about Del Mar's Polytrack. They had a rash of breakdowns last year and already have a training death this year. Just because they are artificial doesn't mean they are safe. I'll say it again, why not install Hollywood Park's Cushion track instead? Great for the horses and great for the bettors. · 1001 days ago ·
On Gold Cup Eve, while most fans are busy handicapping the big race, I found myself in a slightly more nostalgic mood, and the Hollywood Gold Cup is an easy race for which to wax poetic. Seabiscuit and Citation, Swaps and Round Table, Native Diver and Ack Ack, Ferdinand and Cigar, Skip Away and Lava...Read More
Wonderful horse. How does such a champion die the way he did?

Ferdinand - Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video06/26/88Ferdinand3rdBHP81 1/4 mDHollywood Gold Cup-G1 3+ MCutlass RealityAlyshebaFerdinand1:59.40
View DetailsView Video04/17/88Ferdinand2ndSA81 1/8 mDSan Bernardino Handicap-G2 4+ MAlyshebaFerdinandGood Taste1:47.20
View DetailsView Video03/06/88Ferdinand2ndSA81 1/4 mDSanta Anita Handicap-G1 4+ MAlyshebaFerdinandSuper Diamond1:59.80
View DetailsView Video11/21/87Ferdinand1stBHP71 1/4 mDBreeders' Cup Classic-G1 3 MFerdinandAlyshebaJudge Angelucci2:01.40
View DetailsView Video06/07/86Ferdinand3rdBel81 1/2mDBelmont Stakes-G1 3 MDanzig ConnectionJohns TreasureFerdinand2:29.80
View Details05/17/86Ferdinand2ndPim81 3/16 mDPreakness Stakes-G1 3 MSnow ChiefFerdinandBroad Brush1:54.80
View DetailsView Video05/03/86Ferdinand1stCD81 1/4 mDKentucky Derby-G1 3 MFerdinandBold ArrangementBroad Brush2:02.80