Thanks for the info! I may order one as well. :-)
That was my first introduction to Seabiscuit as a kid many years ago. I wonder if that book is still in print?
If the trainers of today knew something the old trainers did not, I would guess we would have had a triple crown winner by one of them...... I for one love the idea of starting the year at 7 furlongs. Best wishes for the triple crown to Texas Red and his connections!
If you have any pull with the Eclipse Award committee or whoever they are - please tell them to change the name of the awards to Champion Older DIRT Male and Female. Evidently at least some voters have not bothered to learn the history of the awards in order to understand the intent! Also those whose vote makes so little sense as to call into question their credibility - revoke their privileges! Adelaide for HOTY, seriously?
Good ideas - I hope somebody follows through!
Best of luck and safe trip to Happy My Way and Sagamore! Why no mention in the article that he is owned by historic Sagamore Farm?
I agree completely! However, I cannot think of a way to keep the already rich, big time owners from entering. I think it stinks that they (especially the Ramseys) are taking away the "little guys" opportunity for a day in the spotlight and a healthy paycheck.... Can we say greedy...?
Brian, I get that some people are excited to have an English bred stallion come here to stand at stud. But the comparison to Nasrullah is completely off base and I am really surprised that you wrote this article referring to "new bloodlines" and making such a comparison evidently without looking at Noble Missions pedigree...? While he does have some Irish, English and French blood, if you look at his pedigree you will see it is primarily North American bloodlines already (the US and Canada) and his 5 generation pedigree reflects the same horses as the majority of stallions already here. The fact that he raced in another country does not by any means make him "new blood"....
I have been saying for years that some type of rules and/or system should be implemented for the Eclipse Award voting. It is currently a free for all and sometimes results in incorrect choices in my opinion! I think a point system would be excellent, however in your example I did not see the Triple Crown races represented specifically and I feel they should be worth at least as many points as the Breeders Cup - with an extra bonus for a horse that could win all three. As far as the opinion that a win in the BC trumps all others - that is a perfect example of the problem. As you stated, it is horse of the YEAR so it is supposed to be the best overall WHOLE year - not one race...
A win in one race on turf against a field that included only ONE graded stakes winner does not qualify him as a freak and certainly should not cause him to be mentioned in the same breath as 'the greatest turf horse ever bred on American soil'.
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