She's a joy to watch every time she's on the track. What a wonderful race mare.
I need some help with a fact check. American Pharoah's final quarter mile (24 1/5; 24.32s) was faster than Risen Star (24 2/5), Alfeet Alex (24 3/5), and of course Secretariat's (25 flat). I know there was another horse quicker down the lane than Risen Star, but I can't remember who. Was Pharoah's the fastest?
Random Question of the day, In today's "standards" for year end championships, if Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Typecast, and Key to the Mint all had their 1972 season in 2015, who would win Horse of the Year?
Reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year is done for the season after a small bone chip was discovered in his knee during recent training. He's to undergo surgery to remove it on Tuesday, and trainer John Moore expects him to make a full recovery for racing next season.
I wish Finnegan's Wake was higher, but I understand the nature of this poll.
Me too, ILTR. He has a 1 mile trial on June 2nd in Hong Kong as the final piece of the puzzle, but if he is firing in all cylinders at Ascot we could see one hell of a race on June 16th. I'm beyond excited to watch him run in England.
Exciting news from John Moore. Able Friend was not entered in the Yasuda Kinen on June 7th, and per a recent interview Moore stated the following about the Queen Anne Stakes, "Win or lose on Sunday, so long as he runs well and Dr. Li is happy to make the journey, he'll be going to Royal Ascot."Lets hope he runs well against the 5 willing to face him in Sunday's Champions Mile (G1) at Sha Tin.
Although he won the main prep for the World Cup, he looked the highest class horse of a group that hated dirt. California Chrome's biggest competition will be Wattani (aka Ron the Greek). He's won 4 in a row convincingly, and is a proven dirt horse that loves 10 furlongs. If there's any pace in the World Cup, it will be Wattani picking up the pieces down the stretch.
Jockey Joao Moreira received a 3 race meet suspension and a $60,000HKD fine for his ride on Able Friend in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup on Sunday. Able Friend was caught in bad traffic and clipped heels with Real Specialist as he bulldozed his way into the clear before winning the race.
This horse is really something special. His win the 7f Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup showed a level of determination I've yet to see from this gelding. He's so much fun to watch
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