• There will be a Pick Six carryover of $42,460 when racing resumes Thursday at Los Alamitos.Posted 14 hours ago
  •  Assateague goes wire to wire in the Dr. James Penny Memorial!Posted 1 day ago
  •  Assateague goes wire to wire in the Dr. James Penny Memorial!Posted 1 day ago
  • Clearly Now breaks the 7f track record at Belmont - 1:19.96.Posted 4 days ago
  • There will be a Pick Six carryover of $28,880 when racing resumes July 4 at Los Al.Posted 5 days ago
  • 1-9 Frac Daddy upset by Sky Captain in the Dominion Day! Posted 8 days ago
  •  Size holds off Ria Antonia in the Iowa Oaks!Posted 11 days ago
  •  Declassify game in the Triple Bend!Posted 11 days ago
  •  Riposte proves best in the New York Handicap!Posted 11 days ago
  •  Work All Week holds off Delaunay in the Iowa Sprint!Posted 12 days ago
Sham Silks Breed, Own & Train horses like
in DerbyVille!


Kentucky (USA) by Claiborne Farm

What the Horse Racing Nation is saying about Sham...

Immediately after the Belmont Stakes, owner Steven Coburn called Tonalist and Commissioner's connections cowards and opined that if you have to qualify for the Derby, then you should have to qualify for the Preakness and Belmont. But what would happen if that were the case?Read More
  • Show All 18 Comments
  • Buckpasser · Blueyedhusky. Until Citation, the spacing between the Derby and Preakness was a week or less. From Citation on it was 2weeks between Derby and Preakness except for 3 editions where for Native Dancer 21 days and it also went back to one week for some of the other renewals. · 28 days ago ·
  • blueyedhusky · So 2 weeks would seem adequate. The Preakness is an easier race than the Derby. A bit shorter in distance and a lot shorter in entrants. Let's suppose California Chrome was in fact "tired." Was it because of running 3 G1 races in 5 weeks, or could it be because this year he ran 7 stakes races with a 3-week average span between them? · 28 days ago ·
Laura Pugh, of Dead Heat Debates, offers her thoughts and reflections, after an eventful Belmont Stakes Day.Read More
  • Show All 29 Comments
  • JohnCollins Jr. · Your article made perfect sense. Yes I believe that if you don't have the qualifying points to get into the derby, then it should apply to the preakness and belmont. · 30 days ago ·
  • ekindy · Another rarity in sports is that only four times has a baseball team threepeated World Series. I think it is inherently unfair that a team going after a threepeat has to play teams that did not compete in the previous two playoffs, they just sat at home and rested up for the next season. From now on only teams that competed in the previous two playoffs should be allowed in the playoffs to challange a potential threepeat. And there has never been a threepeat in the Super Bowl. The NFL needs to change the rules too to make that happen. They need to look at how the NBA operates, they know how to make sure the bad teams stay bad so the same teams get into the playoffs each year. They get threepeats all the time. · 30 days ago ·
Sham gets no respect. Should at least be in the top 50 of all time. Only Secretariat had faster time in the Derby and only one of three horses under two minutes.
  • Show All 5 Comments
  • kaitlinefree1 · LMAO at Exterminator's comment. but Sham was great. he was very nice. · 31 days ago ·
  • Exterminator · Haha my computer was glitching and I thought it had accidentally posted a comment to this thread. · 31 days ago ·
Two Texas horsemen brought a lawsuit against the American Quarter Horse Associate after the organization refused to register cloned horses and their offspring.Read More
  • Show All 35 Comments
  • travel_vic · same in photography. Take a picture of a picture of a picture and the result is diluted..Hybrid vigor is universal · 329 days ago ·
  • Mary Z. · Last update, lab director, owner of Uccellini since 1990. Owns horses, some with what would be considered top pedigrees, but I cannot trace their racing records. · 328 days ago ·
One of his greatest achievements was winning the Woodward Stakes in four consecutive years beginning in 1974.Read More
I want to debate this- Who thinks he would have won the Triple Crown if not for Secretariat. I don't believe we should just say he would have. He obviously would have won the Derby and Preakness. But, what about the Belmont? I personally believe he would have. Laffit had followed orders to stay close to Red for the early/mid stages of the race. 23 46 109 are fractions no racehorse can take at 12 furlongs. Remember, Red is an exception, he was not a racehorse, he was Secretariat, G-d disguised as a horse at the least. Sham's derby was a fantastic effort. He hit his nose in the gae and was bleeding before the race started. He still broke under two minutes, despite that. Many of my friends said he could have beat red if not for that. Quoting Laffit: "It is hard to imagine him going faster than 159 and 4/5, bleeding or not." I think he COULD HAVE had a chance, but I think Red would have won. I believe this is a reasonable debate. Sham came close when bleeding, and just killed himself in the Belmont. On an unrelated note, I believe Sham and Red would have been even better as four year olds.
  • Show All 24 Comments
  • zxswordxz · Take out Red out of the equation and it is a completely different race where Sham could just stalk they other horses and take the lead in the home stretch. · 552 days ago ·
  • rafirox · @zxswordxz: Yes. Princequillo was a tremendous sire. He was a fantastic broodmare sire as well. He had great stamina. He passed on (As You Said) The X-Factor through his lineage many times. Fantastic sire/broodmare sire, one of the greatest of his time. When people say "If he was born in a different year, etc..." really, as long as BIG RED wasn't in the same year. If Red wasn't in that crop who would have challenged Sham? Our Native was decent horse, but nothing flashy. And, feel free to correct me if I am wrong: I think he came out of the Belmont injured.... Either way it was his final race. He helped Red when he challenged him, and hurt himself. Pancho really had strong beliefs that his horse had more stamina, and wanted to beat Red out in the earlier stages of the Belmont. I think Pancho should have told Pincay to ride him naturally. In a 12 furlong race you must settle to win. Most instructions trainer to jockey are: "Let them run" or "Let them go naturally", etc. Pancho's was like "Go out front, hope he comes, push Red until he falls apart." Or something. The motivation in the duuel helped Red..... Sham should have continued his stalking style, like he did in the Derby, Wood, Preakness, etc. Sham was best while stalking. · 552 days ago ·
In Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita, one of America’s top Kentucky Derby prospects, Goldencents will be favored to take his speed wire-to-wire in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes. If he does so and becomes a major force on the Kentucky Derby trail, it will be a fitting outcome for a race named after the ...Read More
  • Show All 12 Comments
  • BrianZipse · The best I've seen would be ranked as follows: 1) Alydar 2) Sham 3) Chief's Crown 4) Free House 5) Hard Spun 6) Cryptoclearance · 552 days ago ·
  • rafirox · IMO, Alydar is by far the best ever to lose all three. Sham was an awesome horse. But, I think Alydar was even better. Total of two lengths off of Affirmed. He was always with him. Red really was too good for Sham, but Alydar was good enough to beat Affirmed, just barely couldn't do it. · 552 days ago ·
He also broke the record for time in the Kentucky Derby, not just Secretariat.
Hall of Fame trainer Frank “Pancho” Martin, who dominated The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit during the 1970’s and early 1980’s, died Wednesday night at his home in Garden City, N.Y., following a brief illness. He was 86.Read More
  • travel_vic · Too bad that so many will only remember this fellow through the pure FICTION of his portrayal in the also fictional movie Secretariat and its faith injected malarkey... All they needed was tambourines and a gospel choir to make the message of the director complete. · 719 days ago ·
  • buckpasser · I was always unhappy that Disney with his it's black and white portrayals made the movie. And not say the studio that made Seabiscuit. While there were inaccuracies in Seabiscuit such as the size of War Admiral, the characters were more nuanced and it had a better narrative. I always thought a horse of Secretariats stature deserved better · 719 days ago ·
I own a grand daught from your female tail line ! I am betting on your X-Factor genes ! She is a stakes winner hope we do well to pass on your legacy.
Does I'll Have Another's Triple Crown journey have any similarities to Secretariat?Read More
  • Show All 15 Comments
  • Mary Z. · I just can't compare the two or the four (Sham and Bode included) because the final quarters of this year's Derby were much slower than the '73 running. · 777 days ago ·
  • LongLiveBigRed · As in all sports, these comarisons between athletes from one era with the greats of another are speculation at best. I remember people objecting to Secretariat's nickname because "Man 'O War is the REAL Big Red." Having said that...if IHA does what I hope and wins the TC, I'll have seen 4 Triple Crown winners in my lifetime, and will still call Secretariat the greatest I've seen. But you can be a pretty damn great horse and still take a backseat to Secretariat. Go IHA! · 776 days ago ·
In a surprising defeat, Secretaria finished third to stablemate Angle Light and runner-up Sham in the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct,...Read More
Sometimes the second fiddle gets to play in the first chair. Alydar finally beat Affirmed (albeit through disqualification) in the Travers; Easy Goer vanquished his nemesis Sunday Silence in the Belmont. Though often on the losing end of the rivalry, both Alydar and Easy Goer have, over the years, g...Read More
Native Diver won his third consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup,...Read More
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • EvanAnouna · actaully ohera won the gold cup but was disquallifide for losing his rider at the gate · 848 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · How often did he step outsdie the bounds of the Godlen State? · 848 days ago ·
This horse could have won the triple crown, and probably would've, if it weren't for the great Secretariat. Talk about the wrong place at the wrong time for this little underdog
  • Show All 9 Comments
  • cocoa2 · Add Native Dancer, Round Table, Gallant Man, Fair Play, and so many countless others... · 875 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · just was reminded that he did suffer a fracture in the Belmont after those insane fractions · 874 days ago ·
Legendary horses throughout history continue to thrill us when we read accounts of their greatness. This sampling of horse profiles spans eras, countries and even breeds!Read More
The best thing in "Secretariat," the new movie from Walt Disney Pictures, is John Malkovich. His wardrobe is out of Spike Jones and his part is supposed to be Lucien Laurin, Secretariat's tight-lipped trainer, but the way the role is written, Malkovich could just as well be Wayne Lukas. He's got a c...Read More
  • Show All 6 Comments
  • bigfootmauler · one thing you have to remember you guys.. this was a movie.. based on a true story. its going to be glorified to fit "tv" standards. somethings are going to be overly done, others overlooked. if penny said the movie was pretty much flawless.. gotta get over it. · 956 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · poor fiction, EVERYONE I KNOW who really knows the story was disappointed,Leaving our Riva (Mrs. Tweedy'd favortie by the way) was a travesty. If not for him Red would have been sold. His earnings gave the fam so breathing room. · 956 days ago ·
Was sham a filly or a colt?
  • Mary Z. · A colt. I was a Sham fan, and still am. Here's a great tribute to him. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2009/07/09/sham-rocks.aspx · 989 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · Almost any other year he wins the triple crown. Just another case of a horse running second and showing he was a first rate horse. If not for the fractured leg after the Belmont Stakes while working out for the Travers he would have probably run as a 4yo against Forego, both in their prime I assume. · 989 days ago ·
1973 was right behind 1978 in regards to the quality of the 3 year old division- they just don't make horses like that anymore. In regards to Secretariat, had it not been for Big Red, you would have heard many people saying Stop The Music was one of the best two year olds in history.
My father was sticking to his guns. All week long he had been saying he was going to bet Sham in the Belmont Stakes. Sounds a little crazy after the fact, but keep in mind, he was a horse who had run just about as good a combination of Kentucky Derby and Preakness as had ever been done, save one. An...Read More
  • Show All 32 Comments
  • waya · Fantastic article on a horse who probably won the triple crown almost any other year. The Secretariat movie did him no justice. Thanks for the memories. · 1273 days ago ·
  • doodle9298 · Beautifully written and Heart-touching!! Hat's off to you, Brian! · 1268 days ago ·

Sham - Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video06/09/73Sham5thBel81 1/2mDBelmont Stakes-G1 3 MSecretariatTwice A PrinceMy Gallant2:24.00
View DetailsView Video05/19/73Sham2ndPim81 3/16 mDPreakness Stakes-G1 3 MSecretariatShamOur Native1:53.00
View DetailsView Video05/05/73Sham2ndCD81 1/4 mDKentucky Derby 3 MSecretariatShamOur Native1:59.40
View DetailsView Video04/21/73Sham2ndAqu71 1/8 mDWood Memorial-G1 3 MAngle LightShamSecretariat1:49.80
View DetailsView Video03/31/73Sham1stSA81 1/8 mDSanta Anita Derby-G1 3 MShamLinda's ChiefOut Of The East 1:47.00