Great article! Will look forward to reading more in the future. There are many great horses currently racing and California Chrome will probably achieve the "all-time great" or "legendary" status. However, that is a title usually not bestowed until after a horse is retired and their entire body of work can be analyzed. IMO, we do have to be careful of bestowing that title too liberally though....a horse can certainly be great without being one of the 'all-time greats". If we use it too loosely it will become meaningless...
I was not referring to Zenyatta/Rachel.... Historically I was going back much further...Native Dancer won the Arlington Classic in 1953 when it was a major dirt race. A number of greats won these historic races and I think it's a shame to move them to the turf and spoil the history....
It isn't really common but you do see it sometimes. It is not unsafe for them to race at this stage of pregnancy.... You would not see it when she is further along however and they did say she is now retired.
Very disappointing to me that Arlington has taken some of the great races like the Classic and moved them to the turf. The historic dirt races should have stayed that way!!!
Well now we probably know the real reason why he lost since he came down sick the next day....those things don't just happen...he was obviously in the process of becoming sick, without the outward signs showing yet, on race day. And NO, the connections would NOT have run him if there had been any signs... It's just one of those unfortunate things that happen... But he IS a champion and will be back, at least for the rest of this year!
Great article! Glad to see for the most part that Nyquist is now getting his due. I never felt like he had distance limitations, but for those who did, the fact that he won after being so close to those early fractions should tell them something. Still cannot believe Mike Smith did that AGAIN - everyone knows a horse setting those fractions is NOT gonna win (and look where he finished both times)! That surely was NOT a hall of fame ride and if I were the owner and trainer I would be livid. Last time he blamed the horse for basically running off with him due to the crowd and equipment change. Wonder what his excuse is this time?
Exaggerator is not skipping the Preakness at this point according to his connections.... Not sure what they're thinking - 4 losses to Nyquist fo far should be a hint... Their best chance to play spoiler would be to skip the Preakness and come back in the Belmont but looks like they have Triple Crown fever....
A good list - well thought out obviously. I only disagree with your ranking of Native Dancer at #9. I am probably biased because I LOVE him and would rank him #1 easily - but I can't see him behind some of them, especially Seattle Slew and Kelso. AP fits at #12 just fine in my opinion. Good job!
I agree with you completely! And I am so sorry to hear that you have had to endure such abuse from some sad people in this world over nothing! That says a lot unfortunately! AP should not have been included since they had no intention of giving him the award. I for one will not have any further use for SI, but I'm sure they don't care as I am just one former customer....
While I do agree that as a horse he probably should not have been included. However, he WAS included and therefore as the winner of the vote, he should have been given the award. If they never planned on giving it to him, THEY should NOT have put his name in the voting!
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