Race of the Week 2017

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Zipse At The Track

Auld Lang Syne

Farwell to thee …
A.P. Jet (21) Japanese stakes winner was a solid sire in the States.
Anjiz (22) Stakes winner in England in U.S. passed away in Argentina. I saw him win the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland.
Black Tie Affair (25) The Horse of the Year of 1991 got better every year for Ernie Poulos. I saw him run many times, including his big one in the BC Classic.
Big Truck (5) Tampa Bay Derby winner had setbacks that kept him away from the races. I wish he never made it back to the track.
Buddy’s Saint (3) Was a huge talent, and very high on my Derby list. Bad racing luck started the year, and then catastrophe ended his life.
Cahill Road (22) I thought his potential was unlimited when I saw him win the Wood. Became a Washington State stalwart at stud.
Chinook Pass (31) Speaking of Washington, no one represented that state better on the racetrack than this lightning bolt. He lived a long happy life.
Crafty Prospector (31) Another old guy who I remember well on the track. I saw him whistle one day at Monmouth Park. Big talent and solid sire.
Cryptoclearance (25) I saw this racing warrior many times in person, including a runaway in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.
Dixieland Band (30) I saw him run as a solid handicap horse in the early 80’s, but it was at stud where he became a big star as a sire and broodmare sire.
Dixie Union (13) He beat me as a bettor one afternoon in the Haskell, but I didn’t hold that against him. A major talent as a runner and a sire.
Educated Risk (20) One of the many great Phipps’ mares who got it done both carrying the black and cherry red and then in the broodmare shed.
Flanders (18) Who can ever forget her courageous victory in the 1994 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies over Serena’s Song. One of the best races I ever saw in person. She was all champion.
Halo’s Image (19) One of the top sires in Florida was a multiple stakes winner in the Sunshine State before that.
John’s Call (19) A former jumper, the gallant gelding really hit his stride at the age of nine when he became one of the best turf horses in the country.
Kip Deville (7) Came from Oklahoma to become one of the best and most consistent turf milers in America. He fought the laminitis courageously, before finally succumbing.
Personal Ensign (26) She was perfect, and she was a champion. I wrote about her just days before her death. The greatest horse on this list.
Pleasant Tap (23) Saw this versatile talent many times. He’s the only horse to ever run in four different Breeders’ Cup races.
Private Terms (25) He entered the 1988 Kentucky Derby undefeated and as the favorite. He lost that day, but he proved to be an excellent horse for the Janney Family.
Proper Reality (25) Was not the most talented horse in the world, but he was tough and consistent. He sent me home happy after winning a particularly tough edition of the Met Mile.
Real Quiet (15) No horse ever came closer without winning the Triple Crown. The Fish was the real deal.
Rough Sailing (2) A promising juvenile, I had the fortune and the sadness of seeing all but one of his starts in person.
Salt Lake (21) A successful sire, I was there in person for his runaway victory in the Hopeful Stakes.
Singspiel (18) Great horse, great sire. He won all over the world, but finished 2nd in the BC Turf. His daughter, Lahudood, did him one better.
Skip Away (17) One of my favorites. Skippy was a tireless champion and one of America’s great iron horses of the last quarter century.
Thunder Puddles (31) Tough New York bred turf horse lived a long life, I saw him win the Rutgers as a kid.
Timber Reserve (6) Pennsylvania Derby winner’s career never got a chance to fully flourish, and then it ended in the worst possible way.
Tuscan Evening (5) I saw her win her final career race in this year’s Modesty. She had it all … talent and courage.
Wake at Noon (13) Hopefully some good comes from this talented Canadian’s unconscionable death.
War Pass (5) Was an undefeated Breeders’ Cup winner and champion at 2. His racing career and his life were way too short.
With Approval (24) One of my all-time favorite turf horses was good enough on dirt to win Canada’s Triple Crown. I saw him set a world record at Belmont Park.
I invite you to tell me about all the four-legged heroes that I missed.


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Older Comments about Auld Lang Syne ...

Dance Smartly was the one that bothered me the most. Beautiful mare, and Great racer, but she had to be euthanized after a paddock accident. Then there is Izvestia , another Canadian TC winner who was euthanized at 4 after a catastrophic injury during a race. Finally this year the passing of the best Sire since Northern dancer....Sadler's Wells.
With good reason, Tim ... two fabulous horses!
Skip Away and Personal Ensign...not that they all aren't sad, but those two specifically hurt me personally. Two of my all time favorites.
More good ones, thank you all.
Also Turkish Tryst, dam of Hard Spun.
Dont forget Lost Soldier.....sire of Lost In The Fog, Soldiers Dancer and many others
Don't forget Mr. Greeley.
Three more good ones who should not be forgotten, thanks Amy!
Excellent addition Constance ... how could I forget him!
Let's not forget: Solar Flare, Thatcatismine and Tiz Chrome
Thanks Brian for posting that list, way too many way too young.
Odysseus, after a hard fought battle to live.
thank you brian for remembering these fine horses...amny of them also bring back good memories of wonderful racing..with approval also is one of my all time favorite turf horses, kip deville..and you are so correct, personal ensign was one of the best of all time...thanks to all these great horses for giving us the thrills of a lifetime

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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