Last year I visited his grave in Binghampton, Ny, his grave is in a pet cem, as his orginal grave site, along with his former owners farm is no longer there, kinda amazing to be there.
Also. At Coolmore in Lexington, his name is still on his stall, where he was to stand stud, but came up steril
I bet on Cigar, on the turf at Saratoga, he ran 3rd, I had him for 2nd in exatas, he ran twice more on the turf at Belmont, as I recall he only won a 6 fl race at Santa Anita, and that was on the dirt, he maybe won 1 time on the turf, after his last race on the turf at Belmont, they switched him to the dirt, and won his 16 in a row, I remember all the talk about him, and I was thinking "this is the horse I bet at Saratoga, how could he turn it around so quickly, strange indeed
Today 11/8/13 I was able to to go to Live Oak Stud, meeting the trainer yesterday, at his house on the property, he told me to come back at 8am today, I drove up to the training track, saw a Grey Horse in a paddock by himself, and sure enough it was Za Approval, got to feed him a peppermint, he arrived yesterday and will be turned out for about 3 months, last year I called up Adena Springs in Lexington, last May and got to meet Ghostzapper and his father Awesome Again, watched a whole bunch of Live Oak horses staring their initial training, and saw a Za Approval full Sister, wow how luck can one get
I read online that 70% of thoroughbreds have Neartics blood in them, he is the obvious reason why
On my way back from Florida I stopped in Cheasapeake peak city md, stopped at Bohemia Stable Mrs. Duponts farm, say Kelso;s and Dancers fathers grave Neartic, then went a short distance down the road to Northern Dancer Way, former Windfields Farm, now Northview and saw Northern Dancers stall, his name iis still on it with a bross sign, pretty awsome
I was at Windy Hills Farm, 2 weeks after the SAD, this was the former Tartan Farm, Dr. Fager he is buried here, the showed me everything from his winnings the Travers in 06, and were saying that if I have another wins derby stud fee will be going up, they were all hoping Melnyks farm
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