Haven't seen a closing like that in a long time. A "Silky Sullivan" finish. For those of you too young to know about him, put his name in search on Youtube then watch and be amazed.
If you look over Keen Ice's past performances, you can see he has improved each start, each time getting closer to Pharoah. The Travers was no fluke. Ice will be a formidable foe the rest of the year and in the BC Classic. He's a closer who likes a fast pace, and he'll surely get it in the Classic. If Pharoah bounces back to win the Classic, he will go down as one of the best ever. Another loss will drop him down on that list. And just as a side note, the older horses like Honor Code should not be overlooked, as they have turned in faster Beyers than the 3 yr. olds this year.
Keen Ice will be a real tough horse to beat the rest of the year. Just keeps getting better each start. big shot in the BC Classic. Should be rated second here.
If that's your criteria, then Kelso surely is the best of all time with NINE track records including TWO world records, one on dirt, the other on grass. The one on dirt still stands to this day.
Still have a major problem naming Sec the best of all time. He lost FOUR races to inferior horses at equal weights or actually getting 7 pounds in one of those losses. Man'O War, won 20 of 21. Native Dancer won 21 of 22. Kelso beat more Hall of Famers and Champion horses than any other thoroughbred in history.
Prove Out was just another example of how great H.Allen Jerkens was.
A terribly mismanaged horse. Entered into the 1996 Derby with a bad leg, and still ran his heart out and had the lead into the stretch. Nick Zito took over as trainer at the end of Song's career, and he tied a track record at Gulfstream in his last race after which he was injured and retired for good. Zito is on record as saying Song may have been the fastest colt he every trained.
This colt may be the best foreign entry ever. Certainly not one to ignore May 3.
List the champions and Hall of Famers he beat. Then check the list of greats Kelso beat, often spotting them substantial weight. That's why.
Somewhat forgotten, people may not realize how good she was. Spotted her competition all kinds of weight, but was still a champion at 2, 3 & 4. One of her best efforts was when she took on the colts in the 1962 Florida Derby and lost by a nose to Ridan.
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