Woo Hoo, GO SMARTY!!!! He made it look so easy like he was just out for his morning gallop http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif I was most impressed with Gary Stevens and Mike Smith's comments after the race about both being on great colts that were just born in the wrong year. It is one thing for Smarty to impress me (a non racing person), but to impress the other jocks has to be something special.
I was napping on the couch & the bell from the gates woke me up - I couldn't believe it when I saw him pulling away! I NEVER shout at the TV, but I was definitely chanting (the dog went whacko & ran in front of the TV http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif) - I went upstairs and INSISTED that my non-horsey roomie & her kind-of-into-horses-on-a-low-level boyfriend watch the replay & they were impressed. The whole trip was beautiful.
Couldn't get my mum on the phone (I always call after a Triple Crown race) - off to call my friend who got me into racehorses so I can go 'WOW' to someone who understands!
It amazing how that horse (or his jockey) never seems to get into trouble into the race. He breaks fast, gets into position the rest of the race, then pulls away. I can't believe how he pulled away. I wanted him to win, but wanted Imperialism to get in there too.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. - Gandhi
NBC called it 11 3/4 lengths, but it might as well have been a mile. Love this horse, love the story, and love the class displayed by all involved, most notably Mike Smith and Gary Stevens-- deference to a great colt even in defeat.