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.
Great article Eric. I'm sure the research took a ton of time, but the result is awesome. There were definitely a lot of horses and people to remember this year. At Old Friends, we said good bye to Jade Hunter, who you mentioned (thank you), Awad, Glitterman, Polish Navy and The Wickend North. It is always hard to lose one of the older great ones, but we know they have gone to a better place and we are left with some great memories. Thanks again for a great article. Happy Holidays...
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