I thought Danish Dynaformer was going to take it (I bet $1 ATB on him), but Shaman Ghost had more dramatic ideas about the finish and decided to beat him to the finish.
Oh well, one dollar very well spent to watch a lovely race in Canada online! lol
Congratulations to Shaman G and his connections!
Now that song is stuck in my head. There is magic in the air today, so I think AP is going to do it. (I also think one of the Unbridled progeny is going to spoil it because they do that a lot. :P )
AP MUST win the TC - tired of waiting 3 decades.
I wish I was in Elmont as well. I got to see Belmont in the off season last year but I would dearly love to be there when they're running.
Good Luck, AP
2-6 are all Unbridled offspring. They have a tendency to spoil in the Belmont. But American Pharoah is one too, so maybe he'll spoil himself and actually win this TC crown! I'm hoping... one of the others are prone to pull a 'Birdstone'... I'm so conflicted! lol
Awwww, what happened Shook Up?! You didn't have a good time of it in The Acorn.
(I'm just wondering why she gave up so early - hope she didn't get injured. :/ )
This is the obit that Blood-Horse released: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/90890/champion-sire-smart-strike-euthanized
Nice progeny article, if you're interested: http://www.teamvalor.com/misc/Mr_Prospector_lives_on.pdf
"April Skies Wins Royal Poinciana Handicap as Hialeah Opens 40-Day Meet; 5-2 CHANCE FIRST BY THREE LENGTHS April Skies Scores in Dash With All Hands Second -- Sellers Rides 3 Victors
MIAMI, Jan. 17  (AP) -- Jerome DeRenzo's April Skies won the $33,050 Royal Poinciana Handicap at Hialeah today as Florida's thoroughbred racing season swung into midwinter stride."
As per pedigreequery.com:
Winnings: 64 Starts: 23 - 9 - 6, $244,910
1st: James H. Connors Mem Stakes, Alligator Handicap (1st Div)
1st: Sports Page H., Hurricane H., City of Coral Gables H., Hartford H., Inaurgural H.
2nd: Providence S.
1st: New Years H., Royal Poinciana H., Palm Beach H., Toboggan H., Longport H.
1st Hurricane H. (2nd div,TRP)
Foaled May 9, 1957
Purchased at 3YO for $50,000 on Oct. 8, then won the Inaugural H.($7,500) at Narragansett Park same day. Next day, escaped fire at same track.
Trainer: 1) Gene Semler; 2) Lyle S. Whiting
23-9 as a 3 y-o
Died in 1964 (in retirement) after fracturing both sesamoids in his right foreleg.
Nice Blaze underneath blinkers.
I came across this old article and thought you appreciators of Mr. Prospector's influence on N.A. racing might enjoy reading it too. (I have chased Unbridled's descendants for a long time and this article scrapes the surface of classic-distance winners originating from Mr. Prospector). http://classicchampionthoroughbreds.blogspot.com/2011/04/mr-prospector-no-shows-nasrullah.html
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