September272014

Anonymous said: Better rivalry: Jaipur vs Ridan or Affirmed vs Alydar?

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Okay, so, even without a caption on this picture, almost every racing fan can name the horses, the race, the year, probably even the jockeys. 

And that’s because Affirmed/Alydar is still the greatest racing rivalry. It’s the rivalry against which all others are measured. 

Also, consider: Affirmed and Alydar met in 10 different races, three of them were the Triple Crown, and the rest were a laundry list of big-name American races (Youthful, Great American, Hopeful, Champagne, Laurel Futurity, and Travers Stakes). Ridan and Jaipur, on the other hand, are remembered for one (very exciting and incredibly memorable) race in the 1962 Travers. Quantity and quality together always wins ;) 

September252014

"About the head of a truly great horse there is an air of freedom unconquerable. The eyes seem to look on heights beyond our gaze.  It is the look of a spirit that can soar. It is the birthright of eagles."

-John Taintor Foote, “The Look of Eagles”

5PM

afleetalexandra:

"He was the perfect example of an ugly duckling that turns into a swan with age. Like the skinny teenager that develops into a big strong athlete, some horses are just a little late in maturing"

4PM
afleetalexandra:

1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence makes his triumphant return to racing in the 1990 Californian Stakes
Facing only two opponents and sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Sunday Silence proved he was back in action with a willful 3/4 length win over veteran runner Stylish Winner. It was the last win of his career
Three weeks later, Sunday Silence came up short by a head to future Horse of the Year Criminal Type in the Hollywood Gold Cup. While in training for the Arlington Challenge Cup at Arlington International, it was discovered that he had torn a ligament in his left foreleg. In early August 1990, it was officially announced that he had been retired to stud 

afleetalexandra:

1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence makes his triumphant return to racing in the 1990 Californian Stakes

Facing only two opponents and sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Sunday Silence proved he was back in action with a willful 3/4 length win over veteran runner Stylish Winner. It was the last win of his career

Three weeks later, Sunday Silence came up short by a head to future Horse of the Year Criminal Type in the Hollywood Gold Cup. While in training for the Arlington Challenge Cup at Arlington International, it was discovered that he had torn a ligament in his left foreleg. In early August 1990, it was officially announced that he had been retired to stud 

4PM
afleetalexandra:


K: “Put that black bastard away. God, that’s an awful weanling.”
L: “Well, Mr Keefer, roses will look mighty pretty on him one day. You never know.”
K: “The only time that son of a bitch will ever have a rose on him will be on his grave.”

- Conversation between adviser Ted Keefer and Stone Farm manager Pete Logan, regarding the weanling Sunday Silence 

afleetalexandra:

K: “Put that black bastard away. God, that’s an awful weanling.”

L: “Well, Mr Keefer, roses will look mighty pretty on him one day. You never know.”

K: “The only time that son of a bitch will ever have a rose on him will be on his grave.”

- Conversation between adviser Ted Keefer and Stone Farm manager Pete Logan, regarding the weanling Sunday Silence 

3PM
Pukka Gin

"In the language of the Hindus, Pukka means the best…Just where the word "Gin" fits into the name…is difficult to figure."(The Evening Independent, March 15, 1944)

As with many unique racehorse names, the one bestowed on 1943 Champagne Stakes winner Pukka Gin inspired rumors and stories. The most popular version stated that owner and breeder C.V. Whitney had initially intended for the bay son of two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Firethorn to be named Pukka Gen. However, through either bad handwriting or poor eyesight, the name was recorded as Pukka Gin, and Whitney decided to leave it that way. The name, and the horse that bore it, were discussed at great length over the winter of 1943-44, when he was the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby. This reputation rested largely on his victory in the Champagne Stakes, in which he defeated future Derby winner Pensive, future Champion 3-Year-Old colt Occupy, and Champion Juvenile colt Platter. Pukka Gin received the high weight of 126 pounds in the 1943 Experimental Free Handicap, two more than the acknowledged champion Platter. Sadly, Pukka Gin was not the same horse at three. Early in the year, he was still considered to have Derby promise. He “showed strength” while finishing “a fast closing second” in one division of the Experimental Handicap at Jamaica on April 13. But by the time of the Wood Memorial on April 23, he was “the disappointment of the two races” (the Wood Memorial being run in two divisions that year). He finished fourth in the second division, behind Greentree Stable’s Stir Up, who had become the new Derby favorite.

Pukka Gin

"In the language of the Hindus, Pukka means the best…Just where the word "Gin" fits into the name…is difficult to figure."
(The Evening Independent, March 15, 1944)


As with many unique racehorse names, the one bestowed on 1943 Champagne Stakes winner Pukka Gin inspired rumors and stories. The most popular version stated that owner and breeder C.V. Whitney had initially intended for the bay son of two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Firethorn to be named Pukka Gen. However, through either bad handwriting or poor eyesight, the name was recorded as Pukka Gin, and Whitney decided to leave it that way. 

The name, and the horse that bore it, were discussed at great length over the winter of 1943-44, when he was the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby. This reputation rested largely on his victory in the Champagne Stakes, in which he defeated future Derby winner Pensive, future Champion 3-Year-Old colt Occupy, and Champion Juvenile colt Platter. Pukka Gin received the high weight of 126 pounds in the 1943 Experimental Free Handicap, two more than the acknowledged champion Platter. 

Sadly, Pukka Gin was not the same horse at three. Early in the year, he was still considered to have Derby promise. He “showed strength” while finishing “a fast closing second” in one division of the Experimental Handicap at Jamaica on April 13. But by the time of the Wood Memorial on April 23, he was “the disappointment of the two races” (the Wood Memorial being run in two divisions that year). He finished fourth in the second division, behind Greentree Stable’s Stir Up, who had become the new Derby favorite.

2PM

rapturesrevenge said: MEGAN I FINALLY SAW THOR. IF WE COULD CAST THE CHARACTERS AS RACEHORSES WHO WOULD BE WHO?!

OKAY I’M SO GLAD I FINALLY GET TO TALK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I’VE HAD A HEAD CANNON FOR LIKE EVER THAT LOKI = WAR ADMIRAL

HEAR ME OUT MAN

  • Both were the odd one out in their family. War Admiral was a small dark colt that looked nothing like his father and older brother(s). Loki was considered small and “puny” and had dark hair (as opposed to the extreme blondness of the rest of the family)
  • War Admiral was almost given away by Sam Riddle when he was a baby, specifically because he was so small and unlike his father. Same story on Loki (abandoned because he was too small)
  • Neither one was expected to really succeed (War Admiral was “too small” to be a proper racehorse, and Loki wasn’t “strong enough” to be a proper warrior) 
  • Both proceeded to kick all the ass despite being “too small” or otherwise impaired 
  • Both momentarily eclipsed their legendary fathers (Loki when he became king, and War Admiral when he beat Man o’ War’s Belmont record)
  • Both were later defeated by a family member, despite seemingly having the upper hand (Loki beaten by Thor, despite being king and all that jazz, and War Admiral being beaten by Seabiscuit, despite generally being the better racer) 
  • Both are more or less overshadowed by various family members (Loki by Thor, and War Admiral by Man o’ War and Seabiscuit)

LIKE, IT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE IN MY MIND

BUT THEN THERE’S A GOOD POSSIBILITY THAT I’M CRAZY 

UUUUGGGGGGGGGG

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September242014

"But the major addition to the stud was made on the day when Citation, Coaltown, and Bewitch were loaded into the same car and sent back to Calumet Farm. Citation had his million, Bewitch had topped all the others of her sex in earnings, Coaltown was the swiftest horse of his time, and if he did not have the class of his great stablemate, he nevertheless had class.

'Do you suppose,' asked Jimmy Jones, 'that one car ever carried three such horses into retirement before?' It was a rather idle question. No other three horses of such quality had ever been together in the same stable.”

-Joe H. Palmer, American Race Horses (1951)

September232014

Night Raid and Entreaty, the sire and dam of legendary Phar Lap

September222014
Flying Fox, winner of the 1899 English Triple Crown 

Flying Fox, winner of the 1899 English Triple Crown 

11AM

Things I want

webuiltthepyramids:

  1. A Triple Crown winner
  2. Rosie to win a Triple Crown race.

If we wanna combine #1 and #2 that’s cool too.

I am also interested in this, yes plz

September182014

So every year the new Panini Golden Age card set comes out…

I have to immediately scour the online checklist for an racehorse cards (which are always included)

My dad got an empty PGA box today at his card store. Every box has a box topper card and box bottom cards, and there are a few different ones. The one he rescued from being thrown out had one baseball player, one football player, and…one Gallant Fox! 

But then he told me he’s keeping it for the collection 

So anyways, I will be slowly collecting the other cards in the set over the coming weeks. Trying to get the Gallant Fox topper, as well as the Whirlaway/Citation/Eddie Arcaro topper, and the Man o’ War, Alydar, Assault, Spectacular Bid, and Northern Dancer cards.

WISH ME LUCK MY MINIONS 

1PM

webuiltthepyramids replied to your photo:Favorite Racehorse Pictures 1/∞  If you don’t…

I am laughing so hard. My professor asked if there was something I’d like to share with the rest of the class and oh the look of horror that must have come over my face.

"Why, yes, professor, I would like to share. Everyone take a look at this magnificent example of 1930’s photobombing and appreciate it. Also it sorta looks like a pony-boney."

1PM

Favorite Racehorse Pictures 1/∞

 If you don’t immediately get why this is one of my favorites, congrats on being less of a pervert than me! (Note: there is no prize for this)
Anyways, this combination of random background passer-by and awesome timing makes 1936 Horse of the Year Granville seem really, really excited about having won the Saratoga Cup. And it looks like jockey Jimmy Stout up there has noticed. So has the guy holding the horse. 
So basically, faux post-race victory boner. 

Favorite Racehorse Pictures 1/

 If you don’t immediately get why this is one of my favorites, congrats on being less of a pervert than me! (Note: there is no prize for this)

Anyways, this combination of random background passer-by and awesome timing makes 1936 Horse of the Year Granville seem really, really excited about having won the Saratoga Cup. And it looks like jockey Jimmy Stout up there has noticed. So has the guy holding the horse. 

So basically, faux post-race victory boner. 

September132014