Many great ones from those years. As good as her performances were, Frank Whiteley had his jockeys hold Ruffian back in her first ten, for fear that she would injure herself. After smacking the gate hard and almost turning sideways, she caught Foolish Pleasure with a :22 1/5 first quarter. I would like to have been there to see a luckier Ruffian win and retire later uninjured. Her foal with Secretariat could have been something special.
California Chrome has 3 G 1's and a G 2, the Derby and Preakness wins, and one bad race in the PA Derby. Bayern has 2 G 1's, 2 G 2's, a dismal Preakness at 9th and an abysmal Travers at 10th. Momentum is clearly on Bayern's side in the latter part of the season. Some would ask how much of the momentum of Moreno and Shared Belief did Bayern compromise in the BC Classic. For me, California Chrome has a much better overall record. He is within two lengths of being both the Triple Crown Champion and winner of the Breeders Cup Classic. That should mean something to the Eclipse voters. We'll see.
Agreed. It might be a long time until a filly beats her record in the TC series. Should Cordero have been placed second?
Genuine Risk was 31 years six months when she passed in 2008. Could she have been the oldest Derby champion? The filly should have been declared the Preakness winner after Angel Cordero angled her into the middle of the track with
Codex. It's too bad that her first foal was stillborn with Secretariat. The colt would have been the first offspring from two Derby winners. In contrast to Geniune Risk's long life at the Firestone's Newstead Farm, Codex passed away at age 7 after being found paralyzed in his stall.
I went to Saratoga two years ago for my first experience at a track. As the field came down the stretch, people were yelling for Rosie to win. At the time, I didn't know if Rosie was a horse or jockey. She's had a splendid career, being the leading rider at Fair Grounds and Keeneland multiple years, winning the Oaks twice, the Juvenile and now the Distaff. Much luck to she and Joe Sharp in running the barn, their new addition, and hopefully down the road she will return to racing. Rosie sure knows how to go out a winner.
I'll never be as ardent a fan of live racing as you, Mary. For now I'm more into the history of the sport. Hope you have some big winners this weekend. You'll probably be at SA in person.
Secretariat was defeated by Onion, Gallant Fox by Jim Dandy and Man o' War by Upset. These surprise losses all happened at Saratoga. What are some other greatest shockers in racing?
The most famous Canadian jockey rode the most famous Canadian horse in that runner's first race. Northern Dancer broke his maiden under Ron Turcotte, winning over seven other two year olds at Fort Erie for a $2100 purse. In the horse's next race, he was beaten four lengths and finished second to Ramblin' Road in the Vandal Stakes at Woodbine. Ramblin' Road's jockey that day was none other than Ron Turcotte. Northern Dancer's first starter was his daughter Jitterbug, who won gate to wire at Hialeah. The legacy of one of the greatest sires of all time had begun. Incredibly, Northern Dancer's stud fee of $1,000,000 in the early 80's would be worth $2,500,000 in 2014 dollars.
I live 25 minutes from the track. Last year my best friend and I went for the first time and had a blast. In the biggest race of the day, I was hanging on the rail and a fan next to me won on a $5 bet at 50-1. She was over the moon. If the elusive lottery would fall my way, I'd buy the place and run it for the fans and horsemen. The state that Secretariat was born in needs live racing to stick around.
If Wise Dan is retired, he goes out a winner in a dominating performance on his home track. An undefeated season is a pretty cool way to end your career. Let's hear it for another Eclipse Award, and maybe a Vox Populi.
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