Michael Blowen seems like a real genuine guy on the radio with Steve Byk. He and the staff at Old Friends do good work and deserve much support. It would be a memorable trip for me to see Game On Dude, Gulch and the other residents in Georgetown. One day.
I'm a fan of Seabiscuit, David, and have posted video of him here. He was a real rags to riches hero for the common man in the 30's. Knowing your feelings for this popular horse, I don't get your dismissal of Native Dancer. The Grey Ghost was a huge fan favorite and the first equine television superstar. You could easily pick him out on a black and white set passing the field coming down the stretch. Native Dancer was a mere short head from being the only undefeated Triple Crown champion in history.
Alfred Vanderbilt loved racing and may have been more instrumental in strengthening the sport than any other owner. It was Vanderbilt, president of Pimlico at age 20, who was responsible for the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral in Baltimore. A horse who won 21 out of 22, 17 of them stakes, and an owner who was elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame as a Pillar of the Turf is a pretty remarkable combination.
Personal Ensign was easily one of the best ever race mare/broodmare combinations. The thrilling Distaff nose win to go undefeated. Three generations of Breeders Cup winning females for Shug - Personal Ensign, My Flag and Storm Flag Flying. In 2004, Storm Flag Flying won the G1 Personal Ensign.
Three Horses of the Year running their hearts out to finish 1-2-3. It doesn't get any better than this. Without Hedevar in the mix, the final results likely would have been different.
Agreed. There are some nice horses in this class, and to witness a Triple Crown is pretty special. As we've heard you say more than once, there's live racing today.
Sir Barton retired in 1920, Mary. Omaha in 1936. If we have guys on this site who saw those TC champions race, they must be mighty crusty! The earliest racehorses I've seen people talk about watching are from the early 50's. Wish I had their memories, 65 years of watching the best.
Nice hard fought win for Mr. Z and Calumet.
One of the most highly regarded G1's, the Whitney would be a good choice for American Pharoah to strengthen his legacy with a win against older horses. Won by some good fillies, including Gallorette, Lady's Secret and Personal Ensign. Would Baffert then run AP in an ambitious schedule like the Travers/JCGC/BCC?
Having been there to witness racing at the historic venue, I hope American Pharoah goes to Saratoga. Mr. Shorttail could join Mr. Longtail as the only Triple Crown champions to take the Travers. Before the Derby, all I heard in print, radio
and NBC Sports was how AP had his hands full with the strongest field of runners in years. Most of the horses had slow times in the TC events, and now the talk is about this being a mediocre year for good horses. Opinions change on a dime. Do we have a good bunch of horses this year, or not?
As I remember, Buckpasser, you held the lead of Native Dancer while Alfred Vanderbilt looked on. If I was a teenager, that would have hooked me on racing for life, too. One of my favorite thoroughbreds and owner.
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