It's a great question, Brian. My two cents is that horses aren't just being bred for speed, but EARLY speed. It sure seems like breeders don't care about longevity, and a lot of the more impressive sprint performances of late seem to have come from flashy 2-year-olds who peak VERY early (as opposed to older sprinters).
Thanks, Brian! The New England clue was a giveaway, so I looked up Cigar's races and realized he beat Concern (the '94 Classic winner) in that Gold Cup.
1995 Hollywood Gold Cup.
Chris got me by three minutes! Well-played, sir!
I'd probably have Birdstone a touch higher; when he was on his game, he was very, very good. Other than that, though, a pretty fine list!
I worked backwards; when you think of big days at Santa Anita, Mandella's four-win Breeders' Cup in '03 is at the top of the list. That sent me to 1996's big summer races, and in turn revealed this race.
1996 United Nations?
A very, very good question.
Great article, Matt. As far as the HOF goes, Curlin is a lock, and Asmussen is a near-lock. That leaves the eight others essentially vying for two spots. Antley's talent isn't in question, but like fellow nominee Garrett Gomez, his off-track demons may weigh heavy on the minds of voters. On ability, he's a Hall of Famer, but I'm not sure the voters will shut out his habits away from the track.
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