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13 Most Heartbreaking Gifs In Horse Racing History

Triple Crown misses in Gifs

I didn't want to have to pull these out, people. But somebody did not follow the instructions in my pre-Belmont article and probably got a "California Chrome 2014 Triple Crown" tattoo. And so we're here.

 

13 Most Heartbreaking Gifs in Horse Racing History

 

#13

Spectacular Bid 1979 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 1979 - Spectacular Bid finishes 3rd in his Triple Crown bid. His trainer blamed the loss on a hoof injury caused by a safety pin dropped in the horse's stall, but questions remain to this day. Coastal finished 1st. 

 

 

 

 

#12

Pleasant Colony 1981 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 1981 - Pleasant Colony won the Derby & Preakness, only to fall short in the Belmont to winner Summing. 

 

 

 

#11

Alysheba 1987 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 1987 - Alysheba overcame a stumbling trip in the Derby, took the Preakness, but ran 4th to Bet Twice in the Belmont.

 

 

 

#10

Sunday Silence 1989 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 1989 - Sunday Silence had beaten Easy Goer in the Derby & Preakness, but in the Belmont, Easy Goer's home track, Sunday Silence was a valiant second. 

 

 

 

#9

Silver Charm 1997 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 1997 - Silver Charm won the Derby & Preakness, catapulting Bob Baffert into national prominence - but he Touch Gold spoiled his Triple Crown hopes.

 

 

#8

Real Quiet 1998 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 1998 - The closest we've come to a Triple Crown - Real Quiet loses a photo finish in the Belmont by a whisker to Victory Gallop.

 

 

#7

Charismatic 1999 Belmont 

 

 

 

 1999 - Charismatic stole America's heart in the Derby & Preakness, but suffered a career-ending injury in the Belmont finishing 3rd. Jockey Chris Antley's quick actions saved the horse's life. Lemon Drop Kid was the winner.

 

 

 

#6

War Emblem 2002 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 2002 - War Emblem, a headstrong frontrunning Derby & Preakness winner, stumbled at the start of the Belmont and lost to 70-1 longshot Sarava.

 

 

#5

Funny Cide 2003 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 2003 - Funny Cide, the New York bred Derby & Preakness winner, splashed home 3rd in the slop at Belmont to Empire Maker.

 

 

#4

Smarty Jones 2004 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 2004 - Racing fans watched in shock as Birdstone passed Derby & Preakness hero Smarty Jones in the final strides of the Belmont.

 

 

 

#3

Big Brown 2008 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 - Big Brown is pulled up in mid stretch of the Belmont with a mysterious hoof injury and ends his Triple Crown bid finishing last. Da'Tara lead the field from gate to wire to win.

 

 

 

#2

Union Rags 2012 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

 

 2012 - I'll Have Another scratched the morning of the Belmont with a tendon injury and never competes - Union Rags defeats Paynter for the win. 

 

 

 

#1

California Chrome 2014 Belmont 

 

 

 

 

2014 - California Chrome finishes fourth in his Triple Crown attempt, behind Tonalist.

 

 

 

-- Gifs by Candice Curtis, who hopes you can forgive her sense of humor. 

 

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Older Comments about 13 Most Heartbreaking Gifs In Horse Racing History...

Tim Tam? more of a leg breaker... did you miss the Sunday Silenced .gif?
Only great horses win triple crowns.
Is that so?
I'll Have Another actually scratched the day before the race... ;)
Considering both are files I used .pdfs as an example
I thinkthat the following horses were just as much of a heartbreaker! 1958 TIM TAM, 1964 NORTHERN DANCER, 1969 MAJESTIC PRINCE AND 1989 SUNDAY SILENCE.
a gif file doesn't necessarily 'move' but they are used to form 'moving' images b/c of their low resolution/dpi. they were created specifically for Web use to load quickly. they have very little in common with PDFs.
thanks for your input rafi/sullivan
RONNIE FRANKLIN was as good a reason as any for that good animal's demise
Um...IHA was scratched the afternoon BEFORE the Belmont Stakes.
There is NO question about the safety pin with Spectacular Bid. According to the VET that treated him, he returned to the barn very lame and it took him like two months to recover from the infection that set in and cost him part of his hoof. The only reason it wasn't made a big deal of at the time was because his connections did not want to look like poor sports for "making excuses" so they didn't say much about it until later on....that is what caused so many people to question the whole deal.
CC is not in bad company at all--some great names there.
Again doesn't know that the format, a picture format, pre-dated jpeg by several years.
This. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=GIF
It is a type of file like a .jpeg (image) or .pdf, except that .gifs are moving images. They are easy to make and often quite humorous
Wondered that too. My guess is Gee, If only.
I like these, Candice, but what the heck is a GIF?
Love real close
Big Brown Bummer...lol. Too good. I can watch that 98 Belmont over and over :)

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