Hope he finds himself again next year if he's brought back. Sad to see him crash like he did late in the season.
I'm more surprised that Able Friend is still ahead of Solow. Solow obliterated Able Friend at Royal Ascot.
It would be the 3rd time Beholder has raced in the Zenyatta. She won it last year in addition to the aforementioned 2013 victory. Was there for both renewals.
Would love to see Pharoah in the Goodwood/Awesome Again.
Might have to swing by one morning to get a glimpse of each of them train.
Wishing him a wonderful retirement. Was fun to watch. Saw him run in many of his races at Santa Anita including the 2 BCs. Only ever ran one real clunker, the Midnight Lute stakes. Other than that was as consistent a horse as I've seen.
It will be, and Mandella himself noted in a Bloodhorse article today, that she hasn't won away from CA and isn't the best shipper. Regardless of that, I think her Oaks & Phipps performances, despite being losses, show she isn't another Lava Man case who seemingly had to be in CA to run tremendously or else, and can run with anyone anywhere. She didn't lose by more than a length in those and she's definitely a much more mature horse now. Plus her Phipps run was compromised not only by her injury she sustained, but a surprisingly questionable ride by Stevens. He seemed to be too concerned with following Close Hatches, he took her off her game and out of her zone by having her second last off an almost identical pace to what she stalked yesterday. She made a move, likely muted due to the leg injury but the outcome could have been a bit different.
American Pharoah is the 2014 champion juvenile, not Texas Red.
WOW!!!!!!!! What a performance. Have never seen a horse completely ease up for practically the entire final 1/8th like that and still keep his distance from the field. Keen Ice only looked like he was closing ground. Unreal.
WOW! Breathtaking win! What a mare! Really hope they do consider the Pacific Classic with her. I wouldn't need a reason to attend the Pacific Classic, I go every year, but she would definitely add some panache to the race.
No problem! Wonderful write-up, always enjoy reading your posts.
The thought of Lady Eli taking on European turf horses is super exciting and something I hope Brown and the owners consider in the future, or at least possibly taking on males. She's so good that if she was a European filly she would have likely faced males by now, a la Taghrooda in last year's King George. Right now a fantasy match-up I think of is Lady Eli vs. Solow.
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