Breezing babies at sales is barbaric. I have no problem with a two year old in training being properly conditioned by a caring and knowledgeable trainer. My personal research has led me to believe two year olds can and do have long careers, and according to some research, longer careers than those that start their racing careers later. The practice of breezing babies at sales is not at all the same thing, and the practice, IMHO, should be abolished.
"Mrs. Sullivan had 8 sons, and only 1 John L." Old saying, but, I believe Sam has plenty to show us in the future.
She showed a lot of courage and hustle after being bounced around at the start and a terrible trip. For a beginner to overcome what she did and still get up for second was a good sign. Look forward to watching her mature into a successful runner.
A picture perfect comeback race! Hope she meets up this year with Sky Lantern. She beat Sky Lantern in the Sweet Solara in August 2012, then came back to demolish the field in the Shadwell Fillies Mile in September that year, cementing her championship season as the Juvenile Cartier Filly. The Cape Verdi lifts the cloud over her career considerably, to come back after over 480 days off and cruise to an easy win in a classy field! She is one of those fillies you can't help fall in love with, with her Zenyatta style come-from behind stretch runs, she is thrilling to watch. Hope she and Sky Lantern meet up this year. Would love to see them both at Royal Ascot.
SHE'S B-A-A-A-A-A-A-C-C-C-C-C-K-K-K-K! Shook off over 400 days of rust like it was so much water and rolled home in her Zenyatta-style late run! Look out Sky Lantern!!! Hope they meet up at Royal Ascot this year! Will be a race for the ages!
Dan, would love to see you cover the National Hunt racing scene in UK and Ireland. Many of us here in the States have become ardent fans of the sport. Watching Hurricane Fly recently has been thrilling, with his record breaking 19 Grade 1 wins and today emulating the great Istabraq's 4 Irish Hurdle wins. Also, Sprinter Sacre on the chase scene, hopefully back soon after his health scare.
Would love to see Certify and Sky Lantern meet up again somewhere down the line. She beat Sky Lantern in the Sweet Solara of 2012. Here is link to view Certify's Grade 1 Shadwell Fillies Mile: http://youtu.be/SQxb71QDk7s
or a Round Table, for that matter. Give him HOY if you must, but I agree, he's not Older Male when there is another divisional award more in keeping with his actual campaign.
Tradition should mean something in the sport. And I think this there is a backlash against honoring a horse with the three top awards a second time. He just isn't a John Henry, or a
Calidoscopio just made it look all too easy in both the Brooklyn Handicap and also last year in the Breeders Cup Marathon. I cried when Mucho Macho Man won the Classic, I was so thrilled. But, watching Cal just look like he's out for a stroll, and a masterful ride by Aaron Gryder, and then he turns on the after-burners and does one of the best imitations of Silky Sullivan any horse in recent memory has been able to do, and on 10 year old legs at that! Well, you just have to cheer for a horse like that and celebrate! Hands down, the "Moment of the year"!
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