Great Horse Racing Videos – 2018 Kentucky Derby won by Justify

Kentucky Derby 144 was captured in smashing fashion by superstar Justify.  Good Magic ran a big race to hold second, just over the rail-skimming, fast closing Audible.  Here is the NBC Coverage of Justify’s win and jockey Mike Smith’s 2nd Kentucky Derby victory.  Does trainer Bob Baffert have another Triple Crown winner in his barn?

Great Horse Racing Videos – R.I.P. Jack Van Berg

We’re sad to hear of the passing of legendary horseman and trainer Jack Van Berg.  Jack’s accomplishments are too long and deep to list here, but the first major horse of his that was a favorite of mine was the exciting runner Gate Dancer.  The Hall of Fame trainer would parlay that success on the national stage to  Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic wins with the great Alysheba.

Rest in peace, Jack.

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Great Horse Racing Videos – RIP Champion Distaffer Inside Information

Champion distaffer Inside Information passed away this week.  She holds the record for the largest margin of victory ever in a Breeders’ Cup race, 13 1/2 lengths.  Let’s take a look back at her devastating win in the 1995 Distaff over the likes of Serena’s Song, Mariah’s Storm and stablemate star Heavenly Prize!

YouTube:  Seconds after Inside Information scored the most decisive victory in Breeders’ Cup history, the sun appeared for the first time Saturday.

Apparently, even the heavens were impressed with the 4-year-old filly’s 13 1/2-length destruction of her nine rivals in the Distaff.

Called by some in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup the most competitive of the seven events, the Distaff instead turned into a showcase for Inside Information, trainer Shug McGaughey and owner Dinny Phipps.

In addition to watching the daughter of Private Account shatter Princess Rooney’s record (seven lengths) for easiest Breeders’ Cup victory, McGaughey and Phipps saw her entrymate, Heavenly Prize, rally from far back to get second, more than two lengths in front of Lakeway.

Proven already over off tracks, Inside Information moved to a new level Saturday in what was her final start, and in so doing, wrapped up the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top older filly or mare. The entry paid $3.60 as the 4-5 choice.

Her final time over a surface labeled good was 1:46, the fastest for the Distaff since the distance was shortened from 1 1/4 miles to 1 1/8 miles in 1988. The victory was her seventh in eight starts this year and 14th in 17 lifetime.

“If that wasn’t an Eclipse Award performance, I don’t know what is,” jockey Mike Smith said after the first of his two Breeders’ Cup victories Saturday.

Great Horse Racing Videos – Songbird

The star Songbird has been retired, effective August 31, 2017.  Here is one of her many spectacular performances, a replay of the 2016 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita in 2017.

Great Horse Racing Videos – Record-breaking Travers Stakes

The Travers Stakes had been contested 146 previous times at the oldest racetrack in America, Saratoga Race Course.  But a fairly unknown runner from the Bob Baffert barn would make this a memorable renewal of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.

I’m proud to say that I was wise enough to select Arrogate on this day, the last time anyone would get close to double digit odds on the amazing racehorse.

Arrogate ran his final two furlongs in an unbelievable 23.84 and set a track record for 10 furlongs at Saratoga by hitting the teletimer in 1.59:36.   “The fastest Travers ever … and a new track record!” ~ bellowed track announcer Larry Columus.

Left in Arrogate’s wake were talented runners Gun Runner, Creator, Exaggerator, American Freedom, and Destin.

 

 

Great Horse Racing Video Series – Arrogate Last to First Dubai World Cup

 

Arrogate breaks dead last in the full field of the 2017 Dubai World Cup on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  Jockey Mike Smith decides it is time to ride him like he rode his old mount Zenyatta, and Arrogate proceeds to put on a show.  Gun Runner, hand ridden to the top of the stretch, is no match for the one of the all time greats.

Video courtesy of Meydan Racing.

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.

Great Horse Racing Videos – Gulch in the Met Mile

R.I.P. Gulch

The 1989 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner and Eclipse Award champion had been pensioned to Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky since 2009.  He passed away this week due to complications of cancer.  Gulch was one of the greats.  Here is his impressive victory in the 1988 Met Mile over a very strong field that included Canadian superstar Afleet.

 

Great Horse Racing Video Series – Two Derby Winners hit the Wire Together

The Great Horse Racing Video Series at Agameofskill.com showcases great horse races in history.  Feel free to post some of your favorite videos in the comment section and we may just feature that race(s) in a future post.

This is horse racing fan Kevin Phillips’ favorite, the incredible stretch run of the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Classic at the old Hollywood Park.