Kelso has never sat at the top of this list in three years until now. It's no wonder the public adores geldings like Kelso, John Henry, Forego and Wise Dan, who come back year after year and keep on winning. They don't just disappear after their three year old campaign. Kelly didn't have anywhere near a perfect record, but beat so many good horses on firm, sloppy, grass or dirt tracks that he was revered in the 60's. Some folks on this site had the good luck to see him race. My pick for best all time in America.
I almost made the same error, Mike. While he won at two, Easy Goer may be the best three year old who did not receive an end of the year award. Winner of the Swale, the Gotham, the Wood, the Belmont, the Whitney, the Travers, the Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup. His 1:32 2/5 time in the Gotham was the fastest mile for a three year old ever and only 1/5 off Dr. Fager’s world record. To finish their great rivalry, Sunday Silence prevailed to take Champion 3 Year Old Colt and Horse of the Year honors. Another one born in the wrong year, and #118 on this site, behind many lesser horses.
Your favorite stable. I went on the hunt country stable tour of Middleburg/Upperville farms Memorial Day. Rokeby has not participated since the John Edwards scandal, as Bunny Mellon was a big contributor. One of the locals told me she was so embarrassed that she never opened Rokeby up to the public again. Too bad, as it is a farm I would like to see. I drove by and saw the private mile long airstrip, and the local 7f training track Paul Mellon built, that Wicked Strong worked on. Paul Mellon was a true horseman, and the only owner to win the Kentucky Derby (Sea Hero), Epsom Derby (Mill Reef) and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Mill Reef) with homebreds. Michael Tabor did it also, but mostly with runners bought at auction. Rokeby is up for sale for $70 million. You too could own a piece of history. Is Sea Hero the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner, at 26?
Belair Stud's red polka dots on white of Damascus, Nashua, Omaha and Gallant Fox were easy to recognize going around the track. What other favorite silks were easy to pick out?
Agree with you on Cigar. I've given him a well deserved 10. Blood-Horse ranks him #18, to be the highest ranked horse of the 1990's. Members on this site have relegated Cigar to the third page, at a lowly #138. When Wise Dan is retired, I hope Morton Fink sends him to the Kentucky Horse Park, along with a hefty donation. It would be another reason for me to visit Lexington.
You're absolutely right, reshuffler. All Wise Dan has done is win 22 of 30 starts. Last year he was Horse of the Year. The year before, he was Horse of the Year. He's won 14 of his last 15 starts on turf. This year he is a pathetic, undefeated 3 wins from 3 starts, just missing the course record Saturday set by Saratoga fan favorite Fourstardave. This guy is headed to the Hall of Fame. All in all, I agree with you. Wise Dan is just a nothing of a horse - or not.
Charlie LoPresti seems to be the down to earth kind of trainer that I would like to spend some time with. Lucky you, Mary.
Tom Durkin had the pleasure of calling Wise Dan's victory, after surgery and the long layoff, in Durkin's last weekend at the microphone. Has Durkin listed the most exciting races he's seen as an announcer?
Wise Dan proved his resilience in this race, just 1/5 off the course record. Hats off to Charlie LoPresti. There's something special about the great geldings who continue to win. No one knows how far he can go. I'll pulling for wins the rest
of the year, including the big one at Santa Anita. That would start
some robust discussion about end of the year awards.
Agree that 10f looks long for him. Cutting back to sprint races for awhile, as you say, might be just what Bayern needs. They can extend him later.
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