Great Horse Racing Video Series – 2017 Pegasus World Cup

Arrogate made easy work of a full field of 12 runners, including 2016 Horse of the Year and fan favorite California Chrome.  Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Gulfstream Park in FL featured the inaugural running of the 2017 Pegasus World Cup, featuring an incredible $12 million purse.

This race replay includes the post-race conference with winning jockey Mike Smith.

Great Horse Racing Video Series – 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Beholder vs. 3yo Songbird in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, the Great Race Place.  I was fortunate enough to be there to witness this in person.

As one viewer stated, and I have to concur: “One of the greatest races I’ve ever seen. They’re both winners in my book!”

Great Horse Racing Videos – Turkoman, 1986 Champion Older Horse

It’s sad to hear that the great Turkoman passed away today at the ripe old age of 34.  Turkoman was euthanized due to infirmities of old age Dec. 21 at his residence at E.A. Ranches in Ramona, California.  Few horses live past the age of 30.

Turkoman was the 1986 Champion Older Horse and one of his greatest triumphs was in the prestigious Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park.  Top racehorse Precisionist was loose on the lead in this field but that didn’t stop this son of Alydar from running him down.  Turkoman was trained by California horseman Gary Jones.

Great Horse Racing Videos – Incredible Debut Stretch Run

Donnaguska, a first time starter owned by Billy Hays and trained by Joe Woodard, makes a remarkable stretch run to win her debut by two and a quarter lengths at Hawthorne Race Course on October 23, 2008. As track announcer Peter Galassi noted, Donnaguska was “far, far, far, far back” early under rider Israel Ocampo.  You won’t believe where she is when they turn for home.

Off at 17-1, the three-year-old daughter of Yonaguska was the second longest shot in the field of nine.  According to the official Equibase chart she was about 23 1/2 lengths behind at the top of the stretch, meaning she ran her final quarter-mile in roughly :21 1/5.

So what happened to Donnaguska?  She was plagued with injuries but managed to win a minor stakes race two years later.  She won six races from 25 starts and earned just shy of $100,000 over five years.

Great Horse Racing Video Series – “The Ugliest Horse I’ve Ever Seen”

Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew

This is a fantastic tribute to the life of Seattle Slew, the first horse to win the Triple Crown as an undefeated runner.

Seattle Slew (February 15, 1974 — May 7, 2002) was an American Thoroughbred race horse who won the Triple Crown in 1977, the tenth of eleven horses to accomplish the feat. In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, Seattle Slew is ranked ninth.

Great Horse Racing Videos – 7 Facts about star Frosted

Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Channel, here are seven facts about multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted that you may not know.  Enjoy

 

Great Horse Racing Videos – Chrome in the 2016 Pacific Classic

“California Chrome in a canter!” ~ announcer Trevor Denman

Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome smashes to victory in the 2016 Pacific Classic, defeating a solid Grade 1 field that included the super mare Beholder and the talented runner Dortmund.

Later this year California Chrome will attempt to become the first 5-year-old Thoroughbred to add the Breeders’ Cup Classic to a resume that includes the Kentucky Derby.   Derby winners who won the Classic are: 3yos Unbridled, American Pharoah and Sunday Silence, and 4yos Ferdinand and Alysheba.  It’s a difficult task and rare for an older horse to accomplish, especially since few Derby winners get to compete at an advanced age.

2016 Pacific Classic, Saturday August 20, 2016 at Del Mar

 

 

Great Horse Racing Videos – Fastest Race Horse in the World?

Is this the fastest finish every witnessed in a Thoroughbred horse race?  Unfortunately, we have no data on this race that tells us the actual track or time, etc.   However, visually this finish is simply unbelievable.  Zenyatta had nothing on this runner!

Check it out and comment below what you think of this horse racing finish.  Let us know who you think was the best closer of all time.

Great Horse Racing Videos – A Star is Born?

Leading Santa Anita trainer Phil D’Amato unleashed a first time starter, the 3yo filly Enola Gray.   The performance was reminiscent of the great filly Melair, who won ‘ran them off their feet’ like this in California a few decades ago.

A Tribute to Shared Belief

The Great Horse Racing Video Series – R.I.P. Shared Belief

Shared Belief, one of the best horses of our generation, passed away due to complications with colic today, Dec. 3, 2015.

The following was posted by Jungle Racing (Jim Rome’s outfit):

“Thoroughbred racing is a sport filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Some of the most thrilling and surreal moments of our entire lives have occurred in this sport. Unfortunately, today we have suffered our most devastating. We have lost Shared Belief. He seemed to display signs of Colic this morning so our vets rushed in to treat him. They immediately sent him to UC Davis so he could get the best medical attention available, as quickly as possible. Emergency Colic surgery was performed, but doctors were unable to save him. We are still awaiting results of an autopsy. We are all absolutely devastated. Shared Belief was a once in a lifetime horse. A champion, fighter and unbelievable talent who impacted and changed all of our lives. The little horse that feared no one and could do anything. He absolutely loved his job and to compete and run. As heartbreaking as this is, we all consider ourselves so fortunate to have been a part of this amazing animal’s life. He was a super horse from day one. He would end up winning 10 of 12 starts, including 5 G1’s and an Eclipse Award. The Big Horse was a champion in every sense of the word. There will never be another like Shared Belief. Our hearts are broken. RIP, Champ.”