As a very young horse racing fan, and a huge fan of both Ruffian AND Zenyatta, I disagree with statement that "newbies will put Zenyatta or Rachel first." Before I got into modern horse racing, I first took it upon myself to learn everything about the sport's history. I soon came across the story of Ruffian, the gorgeous near-black filly who ran so hard that her fragile legs couldn't take it. She was the epitome of racehorse greatness for me. I soon came across the name 'Zenyatta.' She seemed like Ruffian's second coming, just with a different running style. Thankfully, her career ended much happier than Ruffian's (though I still cried when she lost the Classic by a valiant nose. What a wreck I would have been if I had watched Ruffian's last race live). As much as I love both fillies, I recognize that nobody, not Zenyatta, not Rachel Alexandra, could have over taken Ruffian. Ruffian would have burned RA out from the start. Zenyatta just wouldn't be able to make up that much ground in time for the wire. Sorry to take up so much room, just this is a subject that is very important to me: Ruffian was the greatest female racehorse ever to live.
I voted for Mucho Macho Man, but looking back, I think I should have voted for Saginaw. Just because he is not well known, doesn't mean he couldn't make an impact on someone's life.
Wow. Groupie Doll, Verrazano, Goldencents, Capo Bastone, Golden Ticket, Alpha! This could turn out to be one of the most exciting races of the year!
I laugh when people say that Havre de Grace was better than Blind Luck. Look at G1 wins alone: Blind Luck won seven G1 races to Havre de Grace's three. Sure, they were both good, but Blind Luck was a beast!
If Orb was a horse in a storybook, his jockey would have been injured before the Kentucky Derby. His trainer would try dozens of other jockeys, but Orb would not run his best for any of them. In the end, Orb's good friend Jen Patterson would get the mount, earning her jock's licence and riding the horse to victory. :P
Everyone acts so confused as to why Fort Larned will win one day, and throw in a clunker the next. The explanation's simple: He needs, the lead, or he'll never be in it at the finish line.
Well, the Eclipsr Award is going to come down to: Do you think the Breeders Cup is more important, or the Kentucky Oaks? Do you think an overall great consistency is better, or the ability to show up on racing's biggest day? Do you throw out a race in which a horse obviously was off her game? I think Princess of Sylmar will get the Award, but both fillies are deserving.
Who are the favorites to toss? This video isn't playing on my computer. :(
Think Hollywood would be interested in Paynter's story if he wins the Classic?
If a longshot wins the Sprint, do you think he could still get the Eclipse Award for Male Sprinter?
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