Red Rum was the best. I have a great picture of him signed by Ginger McCain. Saw Brian Fletcher died recently. Got my fingers crossed on Kempton. After all Aintree had been in the same position, but Red Rum saved it.
I've loved jumps racing all my life. I was privileged to see Red Rum win the Grand National. Cheltenham has a wonderful racing festival. Is there any hope that Kempton will be saved?
This is why in some respects having different publications giving out end of the year awards as it was before the consolidation under the Eclipse awards makes more sense because it can award and has different horses in the same catagories and split decisions were common then.
She was an incredible specimen. All fire and yet sadly quite delicate. In some ways she reminded me of Dr. Fager. He would breathe fire coming out of the walking ring onto the track. Both didn't just want to defeat their rivals, they wanted to destroy them. Once they took the lead, that was the end of the race. I remember a story about one of Ruffian's rivals as a two year old, that the trainer was contemplating running against colts in the Hopeful because he thought it would be an easier race for his filly than facing Ruffian in the Spinaway.
It's not the first time the bias has happened. When the BC was created it was to pit all of the top horses in a division and reward the winner.
I couldn't agree more with your comment. One of the basic problems in racing is that breeding is where the big money is now which is a complete sea change from years ago where racing was the main point. I've said this before: we race to breed where years ago we breed to race. I am greatly against rewarding lightly raced horses because the number of starts per horse has declined precipitously and is cited by people like Johnny Nerud for the continued fragility of the breed. It also rewards cherry picking starts for the easiest race to burnish a resume.
As to Blame, I always thought he should have been HOY that year. And I think others felt he should have been too, hence the creation of the Vox Populii to reward a fan favorite.
One of the other issues with the Eclipse Awards, is that years ago when you have two or at one point three different organizations awarding end of the year awards, there was the ability to recognize several horses and there have been many split awards.
Exactly. But this is the tension underlying the BC
This is one of the issues with the BC with end of year honors. Is the BC the super bowl of racing where you pick the ultimate champion in the division based on that one race or do you look at the body of work if there is a loss. Certainly the BC was originally designed to be the super bowl of racing, but given some of the issues raised, it's hard to see that it is fair to ignore what happened throughout the year and just concentrate on the outcome of one race.
While I like Drefong, I agree that AP Indian deserved it more
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