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.

Great Horse Racing Video Series – the Great Zenyatta

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 Dr. Thomas Shinder’s favorite, the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic featuring the super mare Zenyatta.  Arguably the most incredible stretch run in the history of horse racing.

Great Horse Racing Video Series – RIP Giant Killer

Yesterday the great trainer, Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens passed away at the age of 85.  He was known as the Giant Killer for pulling some huge upsets in his career.  None was probably bigger than this one, the 1973 Whitney Stakes from Saratoga.

 

Great Horse Racing Video Series – Holy Bull

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 David Tullis’ favorite race, the 1994 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park.

Holy Bull was coming off of consecutive victories in the Met Mile, Haskell, and Travers Stakes. However, it was time to ramp the competition up a notch. Tom Durkin was as impressed as anyone as he left star older horses Devil His Due, Colonial Affair, Bertrando, and Tinners Way behind to seal 1994 Horse of the Year.