I agree completely on both counts, but I think Beholder has a real chance to at least hit the board.
Don't forget Blind Luck and Havre de Grace!
Pharoah was visibly tired after the race, but the commentators all ignored his bravery against Frosted. Pharoah battled back after losing the lead, for God's sake! As far as I'm concerned, this race answered the final question in regards to Pharoah..."Does American Pharoah have true gameness?" Yeah, the Derby was great, but having a good horse honest-to-God look you in the eye (and PASS YOU!) is the ultimate test of grit and gameness. American Pharoah is a living legend whose name has become immortal.
Randy Moss is an idiot, but Jerry Bailey disappointed me even more. He should know better.
Great article zatt, but to be honest I think you're being too kind to the commentators.
Princess all the way for this one. I love Beholder, but Santa Anita simply wasn't fair this year. She did more, winning major races from 8.5 to 10 furlongs. Beholder can't even get a mile and a quarter. The choice is obvious.
That being said, I'm rooting for Princess. We Pennsylvanians gotta stick together :).
Why has everybody suddenly forgotten about Palace Malice? If those three lose their races but PM wins the Classic, then he would be a fair choice.
Sir Barton and Colin are both vastly underrated despite the former being a Triple Crown Winner and the other never lost.
I'm not entirely convinced he has the raw talent. However, I like that he fights back when challenged. I look forward to seeing him on the first Saturday in May.
I agree that Shack and Paynter should be on this list. If they were, I'd choose Paynter. But since they aren't, I have to go with IHA. I'm a quiet spectator; I don't generally jump up and down and scream during a race. But I did for IHA's derby and preakness; he certainly captured my imagination like no other.
I never jumped off the GOD bandwagon. I've always enjoyed seeing him run, and I can't wait for next year!
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