Why must some bloggers always hate on a thoroughbred like Verrazano after a great performance? How does this serve the racing community or help attract new fans to a sport that desperately needs them?
This is still my all-time favorite race and though I've watched replays dozens of times the stretch drive between these two champions still gives me goosebumps.
I could see a jockey having regrets if the horse he passed on romped to a 10 length win but we all know that this years field is too balanced for that to happen. We could see another Mine That Bird type victory this year and if we do, then all the jockey movement becomes insignificant.
West coast racing could probably survive without Del Mar but East coast racing without the Spa? As Donnie Brasco would say....forget about it!
Every name I see in the comments is deserving. Let's not overlook the European jockeys though. Frankie Dettori has won major races in about a dozen countries...he makes my list.
Ruffian was without a doubt one of the greatest gifts God ever bestowed on thoroughbred racing fans.
How great is it that the older females are finally getting the respect they deserve. All 3 are such a joy to watch. Blind Luck has such determination and heart that I just have to love her.
In my opinion the really great athletes are able to transend their sport and reach people on the outside who don't necessarily count themselves as fans. Muhammed Ali did that in boxing, Pele did it in soccer and Zenyatta did it in horse racing.
couldn't say it any better than RachelLover and miracleshappen.
Made no sense not to have Sway Away draw into the Derby when Mo was scratched. How ironic it would be if he wins the Preakness.
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