Great Horse Racing Videos – Flightline Moving Like a Tremendous Machine

Flightline winning Pacific ClassicGrade 1 winner and horse racing superstar Flightline rated kindly in second during the early running of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.  He took over while under an absolute strangehold before drawing off to a 19 length victory.  Trained by top California horseman David Sadler and ridden by Flavien Prat, Flightline is headed to the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland later this fall.

One YouTube viewer wrote:

“Probably the best I’ve seen since Secretariat. There’s not a horse on this earth that wants to try flightline right now. And I’ll bet he is just as good on turf as he is on dirt. This horse is a superstar. He wants to run his own race, like Secretariat, and he is a ham, did you see him looking at the crowd?, like Secretariat. I wish him and his connections the very best.”

 

Great Horse Racing Videos – Maxfield in a Clark Handicap Thriller

Grade 1 winner and Churchill Downs horse for the course Maxfield went out a winner in his final race, capturing the G1 Clark Handicap over Thanksgiving weekend.  Happy Saver, a 12-1 longshot, ran second after failing to switch leads during the entire stretch run.  That cost him the grade one victory.

Great Horse Racing Videos – 70-1 Upset in the 2021 Arc de Triomphe

The German invader Torquartor Tasso shocked the world with his 70-1 upset in this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.  The runner, who had won two of his last three starts, relished the heavy going in Paris, finishing powerfully down the lane to run past the first and second betting choices of the French punters.

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup turf victor Tarnawa had a less than ideal trip when finishing a game second in this classic race.  Seeliway finished a good 5th off a layoff and may be coming over to the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar.

More Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar news.

When the Great Secretariat Raced at Arlington Park

It was June 30, 1973 at the Chicago racetrack, Arlington Park. Secretariat was making his first race after his dominating performance in the Belmont.

This is the ABC TV coverage of Secretariat and his race at Arlington Park in the summer of 1973 in front of a packed house.   Secretariat would go on to be upset by Onion in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga in his subsequent start.  But on this day Triple Crown Secretariat was brilliant as he won again by open lengths.

Looking back at 40 years of the Arlington Million

Arlington Park racetrackOne million dollars. For a horse race. It was unheard of at the time.

The largest purse for a horse racing history in North America was created 40 years ago. And although it was last run in 2019 when Bricks and Mortar captured the race, it has captivated race fans since its inception.

“It really developed from Joe Joyce, Robin Sheldon, Ralph Ross and Mr. (Dick) Duchossois,” said Tony Petrillo, President of Arlington Park Racetrack. “They wanted to put Arlington on the map. So, this race was developed, and it was the first million-dollar race in the country [the Arlington Million].”

And there would not be a more fitting end to that first race in 1981 than a photo finish. Just like legendary track announcer Phil Georgeoff called it: “Is it The Bart? Or is it John Henry on the outside?”

It was John Henry, with the legendary Willie Shoemaker aboard, nosing out The Bart, a 40-1 longshot, at the wire in a truly exciting end to a huge payday for the owners of John Henry. That finish, which was the closest in Million history, has been memorialized in a statue with both horses just outside the paddock area and still sits there today.

The million-dollar purse and the race that went with it in 1981 did just what it was expected to do as Arlington Park racetrack began to regain its prominence not just in the United States, but in the world…

Great Horse Racing Video – The Final Race at Hollywood Park

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75 years of historic horse racing came to a close on December 22, 2013 at Hollywood Park.  Track announcer Vic Stauffer gave a great send off to the Southern California racetrack.

This is a track where Citation, Native Diver, Affirmed, Zenyatta and many more great horses raced over the years.

Great Horse Racing Video – 2018 San Felipe Stakes

The battle between 2018 Kentucky Derby hopefuls Bolt d’Oro and McKenzie in the G2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

Ironman Perry Outz Wins 7,142

The ironman Perry Outz won again, scoring his 7,142 career win.  That victory moved him into the 6th position overall for wins by a jockey – an amazing feat by the legendary Ohio rider.

Outz’ win on Friday at Belterra Park was called by track announcer Ed Meyer.

Great Horse Racing Video Series – The Pick 6 Boys

Vintage 1999 video of the Pick-6 boys from California, featuring well known handicapper and TV personality Christian Hellmers.

Handicapping author Jim Quinn is also featured in this short video segment.

Great Horse Racing Videos – Forty Niner, Seeking The Gold, Private Terms

Rest in Peace Forty Niner.   The 1988 Haskell was one of Forty Niner’s many great wins.  Interviews with Laffit Pincay and Arthur Hancock post race.

“He is a horse that always gives his all,” said Arthur Hancock of Claiborne Farm