St. Simon and Phalaris. Without Phalaris, there would be no Nearco, Nasrullah, Bold Ruler, Native Dancer, Northern Dancer.
Verrazano actually looked like he was staying on. Anyone think they will try 1 1-4 next? There seemed to be some indication of that afterwards
Laminitis. A killer. Very sad.
Galileo has sired three Derby winners, I believe, Australia, Ruler of the World and New Approach. Perhaps I am missing one? Montjeu sired four: Camelot, Authorized, Pour Moi, Motivator. Galileo, of course, has sired several Irish Derby winners, including Treasure Beach, Soldier of Fortune and Cape Blanco. Two magnificent stallions. It will be interesting to see if Australia can continue to improve.
Secretariat only had four rivals because of the way he and Sham had dominated the first two classics. The same with Affirmed, and Alydar. And of course, Slew was unbeaten at the time of the Belmont so few were wililng to take them on.
Geldings are not permitted to run in the Arc.
In fairness to Forego, he did not really start to come into his own until late in his 3-year-old season, as could probably be expected for a huge, gangly horse. He was over 17 hands. Forego and Secretariat faced each other once, in the Kentucky Derby, which of course Big Red won while Forego finished fourth. I remember watching Forego win the Discovery Handicap at the end of his 3-year-old season and thinking, wow, he's going to be a great 4-yaer-old. Of course I had no idea how great.
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