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Horses of 2012  

This is a thoroughbred racing blog. I will usually follow American racing, but I will also make attempts to update on our friends overseas as well. :)
Only somebody that has a personal bias would not acknowledge the kind of performances we’ve seen from Samraat and Uncle Sigh.
myfatherisalumberjack:

How Alydar got his name
From the book, “Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America’s Premier Racing Dynasty” by Henry Holt and co.

myfatherisalumberjack:

How Alydar got his name
From the book, “Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America’s Premier Racing Dynasty” by Henry Holt and co.

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3 weeks ago
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afleetalexandra:

Like her big brother before her, Rachel’s Princess seems to have developed a love for the camera at an early age
(It’s the wee little heart on her face that does it for me. So stinking cute)
Photo from Stonestreet Farm Facebook page

afleetalexandra:

Like her big brother before her, Rachel’s Princess seems to have developed a love for the camera at an early age

(It’s the wee little heart on her face that does it for me. So stinking cute)

Photo from Stonestreet Farm Facebook page

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2 months ago
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Per Stonestreet Farm: Rachel Alexandra will not be bred in 2014

afleetalexandra:

Stonestreet Farm and owner Barbara Banke are taking no chances with their 8-year-old champion mare Rachel Alexandra. Following serious foaling complications last year, it has been announced that she will not be bred this year. It is unknown if she will ever be bred again

Rachel Alexandra has…

2 months ago
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"This is Man o’ War. He ran in twenty-one races and won twenty of them. A hoss named Upset beat him at Saratoga when he was turned sideways at the start. He beat that hoss bad afterward. As a three-year-old he ran in eleven races and won them all. He ran a mile in 1:35 4/5 and broke the track record. He won the Lawrence Realization by a hundred lengths and set a new record. There wasn’t anything to run with him when they retired him to stud, He is a great sire; he sired horses that have won three million dollars. There was American Flag, Crusader, Mars, Bateau, Battleship, Clyde Van Dusen, War Admiral, and War Relic.

The year War Admiral won the Derby he had four sons that were champions. War Admiral was the champion three-year-old, Battleship was the champion steeplechaser, Blockade was the champion timber hoss, and Holystone was the champion hunter.

Folks talk about ‘second Man o’ Wars’. There ain’t any second Man o’ Wars. This is the greatest hoss of them all. Nobody will ever know how good he was - there wasn’t anything to run with him. There ain’t ever been anything like him and maybe there won’t ever be again.”

- Will Harbut, speech to visitors at Faraway Farm

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2 months ago
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webuiltthepyramids:

I really do love Zenyatta but I think I’m actually more excited to see Royal Delta’s first baby than I was to see Coz.

Same. I am beyond excited!!

5 months ago
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sagrasa:

Quality Road’s 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic - Gate Freakout. 

2 months ago
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afleetalexandra:

Champion Argentinean mare Bayakoa, jockey Chris McCarron up, after winning her second Santa Margarita Handicap in 1990
In the nearly 80 year history of the race, no mare has ever won the Santa Margarita more than twice

afleetalexandra:

Champion Argentinean mare Bayakoa, jockey Chris McCarron up, after winning her second Santa Margarita Handicap in 1990

In the nearly 80 year history of the race, no mare has ever won the Santa Margarita more than twice

2 months ago
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afleetalexandra:

"You Again"
Affirmed (left) and Alydar, the closest of rivals on the track, were for years the closest of neighbors at stud, occupying adjoining stalls at Calumet Farm

Wow…stunning photo!

afleetalexandra:

"You Again"

Affirmed (left) and Alydar, the closest of rivals on the track, were for years the closest of neighbors at stud, occupying adjoining stalls at Calumet Farm

Wow…stunning photo!

2 months ago
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thehorsegodbuilt:

The snow is still relentless here in the bluegrass. But some make the best of it. 

thehorsegodbuilt:

The snow is still relentless here in the bluegrass. But some make the best of it. 

2 months ago
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silly-fox-in-sox:

Happy retirement Flat Out! 
He’s been on the track for 6 years, collected 6 graded stakes wins including the G1 Cigar Mile and back-to-back G1 JC Gold Cups, and been a constant presence on the biggest race days. 
This is a very well-deserved and well-timed retirement. 
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photo source: NYRA

silly-fox-in-sox:

Happy retirement Flat Out! 

He’s been on the track for 6 years, collected 6 graded stakes wins including the G1 Cigar Mile and back-to-back G1 JC Gold Cups, and been a constant presence on the biggest race days. 

This is a very well-deserved and well-timed retirement. 

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photo source: NYRA

4 months ago
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