At first I was mad that Keen Ice won, but then I remembered that he's sired by Curlin. Oh well, if Pharoah had to be beaten, at least let that loss continue to improve upon Curlin's stud career, which is becoming AWESOME!
So American Pharoah runs one sub-par race (for him anyway, this race would be excellent for most other horses), and you suddenly count him out? I don't think so.
American Pharoah is a super horse, but he is not invincible, as a fast pace setup and the wear and tear of traveling took its toll. He ran bravely, though not at his best, and will live to fight another day. In no way will this take away from what he has accomplished.
This race will be awesome. When's the laSt time we saw the Breeders'Cup Distaff winner take on the winner of the Classic? I don't know, unless you count Zenyatta racing with herself. :)
He's gorgeous! I'm no conformation expert, but he looks great!
So cool to see the offspring of a talented racemare like Zardana doing so well!
Hopefully, as a gelding, we can see Shared Belief at next year''s Classic even if he misses this one.
Madefromlucky is the grinder type, so I guess his connections feel he won't need speed to pick up a few pieces of it at the end.
I still feel like we haven't seen the best from Honor Code yet... Hopefully he'll run well in the Met Mile (he's one of my favorites).
One of the coolest things about racing is seeing the offspring of some of your favorites hit the track. As a very young horse racing fan (I'm fifteen) I'm just starting to get that benefit. Lookin at Lucky was the hottest three-year-old around when I started following racing, and seeing his offspring and the offspring of many of his contemporaries is awesome! Just another reason to love racing!
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