Famed photo: 'The Savage' 2012 edition at Churchill & Del Mar
Folks may recall the famed photo from the 1980 running at Belmont Park in the Tremont Stakes of Great Prospector savaging the winner, Golden Derby. The picture was by track photographer Bob Coglianese and was awarded the 1980 Eclipse Award in photography.
Overshadowed by the goings on up at Pimlico was the 2012 edition of the same - and yes the winner was taken down: Image here by Reed Palmer with Chilled (inside; trained by Paul McGee, with Corey Lanerie, up) trying to bite Zimmer (outside; ridden by Calvin Borel) in deep stretch of Race 9 at Churchill Downs.
Paul McGee thought he secured his 300th career training win at Churchill Downs when Chilled won a close photo finish in Friday’s $57,528 allowance feature, but the 49-year-old Louisville native was denied the milestone when Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards disqualified his colt to second for trying to savage Zimmer near the finish line.
A steward’s inquiry followed the race and it was determined that Chilled “intimidated” Zimmer which cost him the victory, according to KHRC chief steward Barbara Borden. Therefore, Chilled was disqualified and placed second and Zimmer was promoted to first.
Last edited by Glimmerglass; Aug. 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM.
Reason: incorrectly cited McGee as jockey of Chilled
This is amazing to me, that running can bring out the natural instincts of the horses...I am just intrigued by both photos, especially since the Chilled one has him with blinkers on...obviously he did not see him until he was close, and that may have precipitated the savage.
My dad owns and bred Zimmer. I've been getting the biggest kick out of showing the picture to people all week. We just received a blown up version for his office.
I've never seen anything like that happen before! It was so fast, I didn't even notice it while watching the race, but only the replay. Zimmer did drift over quite close to Chilled right before the swipe. I'm sure that's what precipitated it.
Fortunately, it was a lot less dramatic than the classic photo you linked to! No actual "chomping" occurred!
Chilled, a 5-year-old gelding who was featured by numerous media outlets last May when captured in an exquisite photograph attempting to savage a rival during the final yards of a race at Churchill, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday morning (4/24/13) at Churchill when galloping out from a half-mile workout.
Calvin Borel, who was aboard for the work, was unhurt. Chilled was owned by Deerfield Farm Racing and Carl Pascarella.
The widely disseminated photo was taken by Churchill track photographer Reed Palmer. Chilled won the race by a nose but was disqualified to second for the incident. Jockey Corey Lanerie, who was aboard the gelding for that race, keeps a large, framed copy of the photo in the basement of his Louisville home.
Beverley - If you recall where you saw the photo - and if it's Marfa - let me know. I've got a son of Marfa that inherited every bit of his daddy's spirit. Even at 22 he is still just about the hottest horse in the show ring (and yes, he is still doing the jumpers and still winning and still loving it).