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ESPN and Charismatic

A few weeks before the lone big days of horse racing that ABC and ESPN now show, a film about Charismatic will be released. Orginally part of the 30 for 30 series (30 films in honor of the sports stations 30th aniversary), it was moved off the sch. with several other films. Those films are now being shown, with Charismatic's being tomorrow night. Read More

 

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I watched this last night and nice job! by ESPN. When you train a horse to run a specific way for so long then expect him to run against the way he was trained wasn't a good decision by Chris, however breakdowns happen and can't blame the jockey, was just really bad timing.
D Wayne refused an interview I hear
Where was D. Wayne Lucas in the whole documentary? Were his former assistants protecting Lukas?
@CauseForConcern. That makes sense. Guess I didnt make that connection, oops.
I thought it was a well done documentary, and every horse racing fan should take the time to see it.
AmbitiousD: He probably meant to say 1999 Belmont Stakes.
It was a great movie, and will remain on my DVR for quite a while. Im a stickler for details, but did I hear William Nack say Charismatic's injury occurred at the 99th Belmont Stakes (actually 131?), or did I hear that wrong. Its at around 48 minutes into the movie.
zx, No I do not believe that Charismatic broke down due to that one ride in the Belmont. Could he have won, if he'd been held back longer in order to make one run, had he not had his injury? Maybe, but Triple Crown winners don't start off their 3yo years as claimers. They are not surprise winners of the TC. They have not been a shock to anyone that they won. Or, can someone tell me of one who was a surprise winner of the TC. The ones I've seen and read about were talked about as able to win the next TC as 2yo's. This program brought all of the memories and emotions of that Belmont and the sad story of the end of Chris Antley's life right back. I have made a drug addict turn his drug dealer into the police. You have to force intervention when it doesn't come from the person them self. Not everything is live and let live.
For those who missed it tonight, like me, it will be replayed on Sunday 10/23, at 10pm ET (time difference messed me up).
Another great 30 for 30, ESPN does a great job with those movies.
Follow up question, do you believe his colt could have won the triple crown if they would have switch rider and ride him like Lukas wanted, a one run horse at the end?
I'm speechless after watching this show on ESPN. I got very teary at the end. However, I got a question for everyone. Did you think Chris rode Charismatic badly in the Belmont which lead to the horse breaking down?

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