Megan. 21. Texas girl. Horse racing nut. Proud owner of way too much stuff. 90's kid for life. Potty potty Potterhead. Forever Hiddlestoned. Movie enthusiast, the older the better. Mama to two dogs, a rabbit, and a kitty (soon to be more!). Cleans dog poo for a living. Glad and willing to answer any questions, at all times. I love conversation
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*NOTE: None of these photos are mine (unless otherwise stated), obviously, because most of these horses died way before I was born. I did, however, pay for the rare and vintage magazines and books that a lot of these photos come from
Anonymous said: who is your favorite horse currently in training?
Gotta throw it up to my main man, Wise Dan
(Doing well after his surgery, by the way. Hopefully on the way to a full recovery!)
Your Derby field underwent a lot of name changes before hitting the gate. Here’s some of the considered (and mostly rejected) names that you almost came to know them by
California Chrome - Luckynlove, Big Mountain Breez
Wicked Strong - Heart Spun, Moyne Spun
Tapiture - Knives, Whiskey River
General a Rod - Cavaradossi, Spoletta
Wildcat Red - Red Honor
Vicar’s In Trouble - Trouble Is My Name, Lusty Vicar
Hoppertunity - Journey, Revelationary, Anyway u Way
Uncle Sigh - Cochise
Samraat - Honorable, Micmac
jjacks1 said: Is it just me or do California Chrome's connections seem to be getting a bit snarky? Of course having a microphone constantly shoved in your face WOULD be a pain, but still ...
Anonymous said: It seems wrong that a triple crown winner would have a derby time of 2:03.66. Am I alone in this?
First thing: California Chrome has not won the Triple Crown. The odds are very much in favor of him never winning it. So…let’s not take it for granted that he will, huh?
Second: California Chrome’s time was actually faster than most of the Triple Crown winner’s Derby times. Sir Barton ran it in a slouching 2:09 4/5, and Gallant Fox finished in 2:07 3/5, both of which would have been several lengths behind CC. Omaha ran it in 2:05 flat, while the extremely speedy Count Fleet covered it in 2:04, and Assault needed 2:06 3/5 to hit the wire. California Chrome even bested the time of Citation, who ran it in 2:05 2/5
The only TC winners who were faster were War Admiral (2:03 1/5), Whirlaway (2:01 2/5), Secretariat (1:59 2/5), Seattle Slew (2:02 1/5), and Affirmed (2:01 1/5)
HOWEVER! This is simply following a trend wherein races in general are run faster nowadays. The trend is more or less caused by an increased focus on speed, rather than staying ability, and has been brought about by selective breeding over decades. When you look at most races (especially older races), you’ll notice that the record time is almost always from within the past 10-20 years. Races are just run faster today than they were 50+ years ago. Thus, just because California Chrome’s Derby time was nearly six full seconds faster than Sir Barton’s, doesn’t mean he is better or really comparable. Both of their respective times were indicative of the era in which they lived: racing focused more on distance running and weight carrying, and less on pure speed, in 1919. Race times were just slower back then
So, to summarize: No, I don’t see anything wrong with a Triple Crown winner running his Derby in that time. As Lon as a horse is able to win all three races, what does it matter the time it took? Some of our Triple Crown winner recorded pathetically slow times in their races. Not every races has to be won in record time to make it a “real Triple Crown”
In the 1935 Experimental Free Handicap, two-year-old Seabiscuit was assigned 114 pounds, one more than future Horse of the Year Granville, four more than future stablemate Fair Knightess, and 12 more than future body double Grog. He was still 12 pounds below high-weighted gelding Red Rain, and 6 behind future Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Bold Venture.
2-time Horse of the Year winning gelding is undergoing emergency surgery for colic at Rood & Riddle
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