Mary, I'm an old lady and I was around for the 70's champions. I'd given up ever seeing a Triple Crown winner again. I did all the same things you did including crying which for some reason I just couldn't get to stop and I wasn't alone. I was texting with family who were whooping and hollering and crying their eyes out too.
Thank you for sharing your experience. You're a wonderful writer and I'm so glad you love the horses and the races.
Agree. Before the race I was afraid Frosted would win it. It's been so long since a TC winner, I just couldn't see it happening. When Frosted ran at him and he pulled away just a bit and then a bit more and then all out left him in his wake, I knew we were looking at a very special horse. Frosted ran a great race, it's just that American Pharoah is a great horse.
Being the second fast Triple Crown winner is nothing to sneeze at. He put them all away and they just couldn't keep up with him. That's all there was to that. The colt is a dream horse. He let us all live the dream Saturday.
I hadn't thought about it that way, just as wanting to keep him whole for the future. You are right about Ziconic. Entirely different horse. Gentle and attentive, much like Zenyatta.
We'll see what they decide to do with Coz.
OMG, hoping he is ok.
I'm a huge Zenyatta fan, but Blame was gutsy that day he beat Z and if his offspring can use those guts to advantage I suspect they'll be good as well. :)
They do indeed. His father didn't though, so perhaps there's precedent?
Coz has a long way to go. We'll see after he moves barn with John to Belmont what they continue to do with him.
I read and responded to a comment in another thread stating he was a handful before the race. It may be that he can't wind down enough to do it.... and I doubt they geld him.
Some more waiting on Coz is in order.
Excellent post! Thank you so much and welcome Jason. :)
I just got here to read this and it doesn't surprise me at all. He's a live wire and he may not race well because of it. We'll see. I agree with you about the gelding. From what I've seen of Shared Belief while he's walked around he is a handful too and I'd guess that's why he was gelded as well. But you're right, I doubt they geld Coz - they'll want those bloodlines if they can hang on to them.
We'll see what happens.
Good heavens! We already knew he was lagging in being ready, we already knew from what John said and from other voices that he wasn't necessarily "getting" racing yet. It's his first time out. Not every horse wins the first time out.
Even Secretariat lost races.
He has a ways to go. He may start "getting" it and doing better or he may never. But the first time anyone or any being does anything is not the point to judge them. Practice makes perfect.
John will have him working more, you can bet on it.
Time will tell with Coz and in the meantime we'll watch and see.
I'm grateful he made it with no injuries and that everyone man and beast returned to the barn safe and sound.
Edited to add: Horses and trainers learn from races lost. Just as much as they learn from races won. It all adds to what they need to know.
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