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Older Comments about Sham...

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.
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  • kaitlinefree1 · LMAO at Exterminator's comment. but Sham was great. he was very nice. · 106 days ago
  • Exterminator · Haha my computer was glitching and I thought it had accidentally posted a comment to this thread. · 106 days ago
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.
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  • 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. · 627 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. · 626 days ago
He also broke the record for time in the Kentucky Derby, not just Secretariat.
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  • Dressage3295 · Absolutely. My father is a huge fan of him. Such a shame he didn't win the Derby. · 627 days ago
  • jay s. · You got that right. If not for bad racing luck..... · 627 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.
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
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  • cocoa2 · Add Native Dancer, Round Table, Gallant Man, Fair Play, and so many countless others... · 950 days ago
  • travel_vic · just was reminded that he did suffer a fracture in the Belmont after those insane fractions · 949 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 · 1063 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. · 1063 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.
It will be interesting to see how they treat Sham in the Secretariat movie. In many ways, he could have been remembered for one of the greats, if not for Secretariat.
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  • humphrey · Be prepared for a rendition of falshoods. To garner "dramtaic interest" the idiots have Sham WINNING the Wood Memorial so as to hype the rivalry. · 1551 days ago
  • humphrey · Shams' heart was almost as large at Red's both literally and figuratively..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sham_%28horse%29 · 1551 days ago
I love hearing about Sham.... his offspring were just as fantastic. Scrimshaw is jsut as magestic, he did his gransire proud

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