You know Brian, sometimes I forget just how good of a writer you are. Great article here. And, I loved this line: "It seems Americans fully expect Europeans to come over here to race and prove themselves, but ask one of our own to go over there and do the same borders on animal abuse. That’s a shame, but I digress." Could be good for an editorial sometime... Keep up the great work
Wonderful story and very well written. Great job...
Nice article Brian. As to the photo, it speaks volumes. Would not surprise me to see it win an Eclipse award next year.
Thanks for pointing this out. I actually did do that, but it looks like the system tacked my blog URL onto the link to the horse. (If you hover over a link for one of the horses, you'll see what I mean.) Anyway, i will have this checked out, as it has happened on about three of my most recent articles.
Thank you everyone for the nice comments about my article on Silver Charm's arrival to Old Friends. I truly appreciate it. I'll be honest though, my words don't even come close to capturing the beauty and majesty of Silver Charm. He is just amazing. Just amazing.
Awesome article. Excellently written. Perfect ending - in the writing and in the race. Very well done!
It's one of the most beautiful tracks I've ever been to. That includes Hialeah many moons ago. But, I've never been to Saratoga yet...
I enjoyed your article about Havre de Grace and the weight issue. I remember when Havre de Grace lost to Blind Luck in the Deleware HCP. Jones was livid. That two pounds definietly could have been the difference between those two horses in that race. So, I have no problem with them pulling her from the Apple Blossom because of the ridiculous weights set up for the race. It serves Oaklawn right. They were wrong. And, for the record, I don't think Porter and Jones are trying to manipulate the weights as stevebiscuit says. The weights should have been much more reasonable for all. Havre de Grace will face any challenge, I'm sure. The challenge just has to be a fair one. It's hard enough to defeat the competition. But, to have to give that much weight up, that, I'm sorry, is not fair. Anyway, just my two cents.
Nice article Matt... Glad to see you included Black Tie Affair. Two others to consider: Monarchos (2001 Kentucky Derby winner), and Bull InThe Heather (1993 Florida Derby winner).
FYI... One of the new horses at Old Friends is Ferdinand's Star, a 16-year old son of Ferdinand himself. He's one of the sweetest horses on the farm.
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