Had his half sister in our barn at Lane's End. She was an absolute basket case, but I was still routing for him in the Dirt Mile. Hopefully he comes back and runs even better next year!
This horse will never run to his true ability again. His new "trainer" pushes him far too hard, and though he's been screaming for a break, she doesn't hear him. All those antics he's been pulling at the track are really him just showing how frustrated he is. He needs time to be a horse, but they won't give it to him. As bad as Maria Borrell is, at least she recognized that a horse that wins a big race doesn't need to train the next day
Was she just eased in the race, or did she have some kind of injury? I've been looking all over and can't find any information
For anyone that was a fan of this horse, the last of his colts has been named Chelokee's Legacy and is a two year old this year. His final crop consists of two yearling fillies that will be sold at the ATBA Mixed Sale in November
Though I have always liked this colt, I originally predicted that he and Mohaymen would lock up in the stretch of the Florida Derby, tire each other out, and get passed by a long shot. While Mohaymen played his part exactly, Nyquist surprised me by holding on. Good on him. Hopefully there's more in the tank come May.
Hey, Mr. Shiffman! Thanks for the update on Rachel's Valentina. Rachel herself was and is one of my all-time favorites, and it's exciting to finally see one of her foals getting ready to debut. I'm posting not only because of that but because I'm currently running all of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's social media pages, and you mentioned on twitter that your nephew was an alumnus. What's his name? I'm a current senior, so I'm sure he graduated before my time, but I'd still like to know so I can include him in any future posts about our alumni. Thanks so much for your time, and keep following the RTIP pages for more updates on our students and activities!
It'll be nice to have a three year old champion that actually made it to the end of the year
Sad to see her go but happy they brought her back for another year. I expect big things from her babies!
A sprinter/miler will never be 3YO champ. People value the classic races far more than races at a mile or lower. Take Animal Kingdom for example: he beat Caleb's Posse out of the Eclipse award on a measly two stakes wins just because on of those wins was the Kentucky Derby. I'm not saying one horse is more talented than the other, but certainly Goldencents isn't in the running for the award as far as the voters are concerned.
I've always quietly thought this but was too afraid to suggest it. I think the only issue would be the confusion from casual fans, the ones that just pop in for the big three. They'd probably think it was a different race entirely. And if that sounds harsh, I'll give you an example of the casual fan's racing knowledge: I did a survey of 50 people and asked them if they knew how horses got to the Kentucky Derby. 25% said they paid for a spot, 50% said graded stakes earnings (which would've been right in previous years), and the other 25% said point system. People who aren't on the pulse of racing are really, really slow to pick up on changes
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