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I Need a Hero

Back in 1984 Bonnie Tyler told the world she needs a hero and she was holding out for a hero. She asked that he be strong, fast and fresh from the fight. Also requested by Tyler was a hero that was ‘larger than life’. I’m not sure what she was talking about…in 1984 we had a few heroes.
Many of us were rooting on heroes like Swale, the Kentucky Derby winner and the Belmont Stakes winner. In 1984, we had a clear cut favorite for 3 year old male horse in Swale. In 1984, we were cheering as our larger than life racing legend John Henry won his second Arlington Million making him not only a fan favorite but allowing him to win his second Horse of the Year honors.
Meanwhile, in 2011 I find myself humming this tune every time I gear up for the big race. The 3 year olds have had numerous chances to show us what they are made of by now. We have watched the preps, the derby, the handicaps, the mid-summer classics and now we are ready to close the summer on our 3 year olds this year and what have we come up with? The Travers may be the race that we have been waiting for to seal the deal on who is the best 3-year old out there.
Dialed In took the Holy Bull, Mucho Macho Man won the Risen Star, Soldat strutted his stuff in the Fountain of Youth, and Stay Thirsty (this is when we all knew him as ‘the other Pletcher horse’) was the champ of the Gotham and that was all before the middle of March. Then Premier Pegasus won the San Felipe, Pants on Fire won the Louisiana Derby and by this time we were pulling our hair out trying to handicap this bunch. THEN…Dialed In managed to win the Florida Derby making him second choice to Uncle Mo; and before we could be comfortable with that Midnight Interlude made himself a contender when he won the Santa Anita Derby! To make this already exhausting division worse, our ‘favorite’ lost the Wood Memorial “in the most shocking upset since Secretariat himself” raising more questions than we could ever hope to have an answer for. After that Archarcharch took home the winnings from the Arkansas Derby and to me looked like he may be a factor in the Kentucky Derby. Of course, there was no clear cut leader so we all did the best we could on Derby day and picked our winners. I didn’t cash my ticket when Animal Kingdom surged ahead to cross the finish line first beating out one of my picks, Nehro. All this and we only got to the first Saturday in May.
Next we all headed to the Preakness, looking for a Triple Crown and for a brief moment we thought we may have it. But the stubborn Shackleford would not give up an inch to our Derby champ. Both horses returned to the track for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes. Through a muddy track, we watched and rooted, we screamed and yelled and when it was all over we wonder who the hell that horse was that just won. Very frustrating Triple Crown to say the least, but we are horseracing fans and this is part of the game so we threw away our tickets, put on our big people pants and moved on. After all, now that we have our choice of champs the rest of the summer should be a breeze. We moved on to the Haskell won by Coil and the Jim Dandy marked a return to the winners circle for Stay Thirsty (you know, that other Pletcher horse).
There is still no easy vote for 3-year old male division heading into Travers weekend. This weekend may just be the weekend it is all decided. If there is no clear winner after this weekend, we may have to skip the award this year…unless one of you can come up with a horse that you feel is the hero we have been holding out for.


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My hero ran last year. Her name was Zenyatta. I am now looking for the next superstar. I'm thinking Uncle Mo and WeeMissFrankie, but i'm just not sure anymore
Uncle Mo is my hero. He always has been and always will.
Blind Luck was my hero until the gates of the Pacific Classic opened without her. Still love her, but she may not be the hero I am looking for. On the other side, I think Stay Thirsty has hero potential. If he can keep up this form, I am all for the other Repole horse. I don't think Uncle Mo has any hero potential this year...yet.
My hero (ine) is Blind Luck, Acclamation was wonderful day but for me its Blind Luck.
I think Stay Thirsty has definitely distinguished himself from the rest with his Jim Dandy and Travers wins.
If Uncle Mo stays healthy, I think either him or Stay Thirsty will be our heros.
How do you feel about Stay Thirsty ... is he hero material???

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Meet Angela D'Amico
My horseracing journey and my quest to learn more about it has brought me to the University of Louisville Equine Program, but it began before I was born. My parents met when their parents shared ownership in a few racehorses. Although they did not own any horses when I was growing up, my grandfather still took me to the racetrack all throughout my childhood. In 2007, my stepfather introduced me to different racetracks and handicapping techniques, but it was not until the 2009 Preakness that I was really hooked.
A filly, Rachel Alexandra, venturing into a man’s world caught my eye and I fell in love with her completely. This was when my life changed. When it comes to racing and choosing my favorite horses, I have always seen perfection in what others would characterize as flaws. With this blog, I hope to show everyone that horseracing is not just a gamble, it is a passion.

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