Gotta like this horse!
It's a shame that they let Bayern slamming into him in the classic slide!!!
Missing the champ... Its gonna be especially hard, knowing all of what he could have done this year.
I do believe most of the theories that go along with it is complete bullshit, however some of our champions do have larger hearts than others. Such as phar lap and many of our other champions http://www.nma.gov.au/collections/highlights/phar-lap
It would be interesting to find out if he had the x factor or not.
Fingers crossed, this horse is likely a monster too!!!
He was one of a kind, I don't think I've ever seen a horse as tactical as he was. He could go wire to wire (even though connections did not like that) and he could stalk and close. Why do things like this always happen to such talent? I knew he was better than California Chrome.. but the way Shared Belief went by him just like that... the triple crown trail was not the same without him.. Hell.. maybe he would have beaten American Pharoah if it ever came down to it. How was this little horse such a freak? Ugh sad... I can't sleep. I don't think I can watch horse racing as closely as I have been. It's just too much! the thrills are amazing but the heartbreak.... it really sucks.
Sadly that very thing that makes some horses incredible can also end them. From the most memorable Ruffian, Go for Wand, and beloved Barbaro to now.... Deep Breath... can't believe I'm saying this... Shared Belief.
Ruffian should have won the match race but instead her leg snapped in half. Go for Wand should have won the Breeders Cup Distaff but instead collapses in her last strides. Barbaro could have had a shot at the triple crown but instead shatters his leg. Shared belief was supposed to be the gelding in training defeating everyone until maybe even 10 years old.
Terrible. Rest In Peace my sweet Shared Belief, even though there was so many that didn't believe in you even after defeating California Chrome without breaking a sweat, there are so many including myself that you stole the hearts of the moment you stepped onto the racetrack. At least I will be saving a lot of money next year because I won't be going to your races in California. I am glad though I got to see you once at the breeders cup classic even though you getting slammed by Bayern was hard to watch.. I will forever hold onto that ticket. Didn't think I'd be saying this today.. RIP Shared Belief.
According to Jungle Racing...
"Thoroughbred racing is a sport filled with the highest of highs and the
lowest of lows. Some of the most thrilling and surreal moments of our
entire lives have occurred in this sport. Unfortunately, today we have
suffered our most devastating. We have lost Shared Belief. He seemed
to display signs of Colic this morning so our vets rushed in to treat
him. They immediately sent him to UC Davis so he could get the best
medical attention available, as quickly as possible. Emergency
Colic surgery was performed, but doctors were unable to save him. We
are still awaiting results of an autopsy. We are all absolutely
devastated. Shared Belief was a once in a lifetime horse. A champion,
fighter and unbelievable talent who impacted and changed all of our
lives. The little horse that feared no one and could do anything. He
absolutely loved his job and to compete and run. As heartbreaking as
this is, we all consider ourselves so fortunate to have been a part of
this amazing animal’s life. He was a super horse from day one. He
would end up winning 10 of 12 starts, including 5 G1’s and an Eclipse
Award. The Big Horse was a champion in every sense of the word. There
will never be another like Shared Belief. Our hearts are broken. RIP,
Although I agree that the dirt mile has taken great horses away from the classic... I still can't help but think back to Goldencents. Also could Liams map beat American Pharaoh? I say nah .. going from 8 to 10 furlongs is a huge jump. Even if he could go 10 furlongs... most horses would fail trying that. Could he have made the race more interesting and difficult? Well Mr. Z has tried that before. Plus why would the owners be interested at all in doing that if they're smart... and want their horse to succeed.
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