I believe Ruffian would have beat any horse in competition. I realize that sounds crazy to say, but I just don't think she would have allowed it. She was aware of what she was doing, she wanted to win and she made it happen as long as she was physically able to. That's just who she was.
Totally agree with this, Hannah. Ruffian was so fast and her potential to be even faster so big, no one would have beaten her.
Having never seen a horse run in a race in person, I can't answer tmallios' question. I'm sorry, I so wish I could.
But I'm a true horse lover and have studied the races of the greats as much as I can with limited video access. As a true Zenyatta fan I still have to say that Ruffian would have beaten anyone she raced. She just got faster as she ran and she wouldn't allow another horse to go past her. Not at all.
If she and Zenyatta went head to head, Ruffian would have pulled off a nose victory if she would have needed to. She wouldn't have allowed Zen by her.
If she'd have raced Secretariat head to head, she'd have stayed with him or beat him - she might have died trying, but she would have insisted.
You can see it in her races....she was going to win, no matter what it took.
When Lucien Loren said "she may even be better than Secretariat", he wasn't kidding.
IMHO, Secretariat is the greatest male horse to ever run, Ruffian is the greatest female horse to ever run.
Danza will be interesting to watch when he returns. He's pretty explosive when he takes off. It's going to be so nice to have so many 3 year olds returning to the track next year to watch and enjoy.
California Chrome. 100%. He's won the KD and the Preakness and came so close to winning the Belmont that he made us all so aware of the heart he has. Despite some losses his stretch run in the BCC had us all gasping. Then a win ( a brilliant win ) in his first start on turf. Breathtaking.
Just re-watching the videos in this conversation made me so aware of his talent. He's a fine athlete and so very charismatic.
I went and watched the second run out on turf before the Hollywood Derby and just to watch Willie Delgado actually leaning back in the saddle, pulling for all he's worth just to keep CC from stretching out further over and over again tells me everything I need to know about this horse's love of running. He's a natural. His blood fairly sings with the joy of running. You can see it.
He deserves HOY for everything he's done and for everything he's done for the sport this year.
Awww, good luck with the race, Catcher and have a happy life after racing. :)
*rings the horse shaped bell on the outside of the house* Come and get it!
I agree with you totally about Chrome's personality. So much human contact when he was little has almost acclimated him to humans like dogs are. He pays attention, he loves his humans- you can see it! He watches what goes on around him in a different way than most horses I've been around. The picture of him watching Willie's daughter playing in the stable comes to mind.
He's amazing in his own way and it's so valuable. I hope we keep him right here in American racing and breeding. It surely can't hurt the bloodlines to add such beauty and intelligence.
Goodness, so much arguing back and forth over Horse of the Year and who should win. I don't want to talk about that other than to say CC gets my vote.
This race was wonderful to watch! So beautiful and just a joy to watch him come for home. If he was named Nebraska's Jalopy I'd have been stunned with his beauty and skill. That little leap forward was joyous and full of power and impressive!
It was good to see him run with that amazing floating grace he has and it was good to see him in the winners circle again.
Congrats to Cali Chrome and his connections and all the folks who love him. He's quite a character and racing has been fun and exciting this year because of him. :)
I went and re-watched a video about Secretariat today. Not comparing Chrome to Secretariat because there's no horse that compares to him, but I do have to say there are some likenesses. Chrome loves the camera, he's attentive and his eyes sure do contain his intelligence like has been said about Secretariat so many times.Chrome has done so much for racing this year. I cannot wait to see what he does next year!
And Lordy, I hope we have some American Chrome babies to look forward to in the future.
He thrives on work. He loves to run and the more he runs the better he is.
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