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  • Favorite race horses

    I know this isn't a particularly technical thread, but I was thinking about this last night. I was a horse crazy girl/teen without access to live horses. I devoured books, movies, pictures, or anything about horses. I followed race horses and had my favorites. Here they are (I'm giving away my age [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] ):

    Carry Back
    Cicada
    Ridan
    Jaipur

    and my all-time favorite - Kelso

    Anyone have favorite race horses whose careers you followed?

    After I got into actual live horses, I stopped following race horses. I don't even know who's in the crop of top three year olds. But, my current horse is a TB with great racing lineage.
    People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey... stuff.
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    I know this isn't a particularly technical thread, but I was thinking about this last night. I was a horse crazy girl/teen without access to live horses. I devoured books, movies, pictures, or anything about horses. I followed race horses and had my favorites. Here they are (I'm giving away my age [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] ):

    Carry Back
    Cicada
    Ridan
    Jaipur

    and my all-time favorite - Kelso

    Anyone have favorite race horses whose careers you followed?

    After I got into actual live horses, I stopped following race horses. I don't even know who's in the crop of top three year olds. But, my current horse is a TB with great racing lineage.
    People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey... stuff.

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    • #3
      All time favorite- Secretariat, of course.

      Skip Away and Charismatic are close seconds. Also loved Silverbulletday.

      -Amanda

      "your deepest desires are a picture of tomorrow, all your darkest fears are just a vestige of regret"
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      • #4
        I know the answer! I know the answer! (lol) Mine are Pipe Bomb, Persistence, and Kipper's an Angel. None of which are big huge famous horses, just the ones I work with and love to death [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

        *J*
        The Fjord Jockey
        -The Girl With Endoscope Eyes

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        • #5
          but a few of my favorites (in no particular order):
          Secretatriat
          Sunday Silence
          Spectacular Bid
          Lure
          John Henry
          Auventera Two:Some women would eat their own offspring if they had some dipping sauce.
          Serious Leigh: it sounds like her drama llama should be an old schoolmaster by now.

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          • #6
            I just loved that mare. And I'm still mad that she could race 13 times in the best of company (over two years), retire UNDEFEATED, her last race being a winning effort in the Breeder's Cup Distaff, beating that year's Kentucky Derby winner (Winning Colors) and still not be named Horse of the Year.

            If she'd been a boy, she'd have had it in a walk. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]
            www.laurienberenson.com

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            • #7
              Nah, LaurieB - if Winning Colors had been a BOY, Personal Ensign would have had it in a walk!!!

              Let's see... for the fillies, I have a soft spot for Ruffian, Bayakoa, Landaluce and Go Fo Wand (obviously Tragedy does something for me [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] ). I also have a warm spot in my heart for Glitterwoman and Unbridled Elaine, but since a friend of mine bred them, I can be forgiven for having favorites, right?

              Personally, the most awesome filly I ever handled was Singular Bequest and Princess Rooney. Amazing, but Rooney doesn't hardly stand out in my mind, but Singular Bequest was everything that makes filles great.

              For the colts, it's so obviously Secretariat that the rest of the field is still 31 lengths behind... however Alydar, John Henry and Point Given certainly show up after him!

              Best colts I ever personally knew were Darn That Alarm and Distinctive Pro, with a big nod to Alarm for Sheer Presence.

              An optimist thinks we are living in the best of all times... A pessimist fears this is true.
              Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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              • #8
                Hmmnnn...

                Sunday Silence
                Timely Writer- such a tragedy
                Perfect Arc- won 7 in a row on the turf, I was her groom when she was a yearling.
                Silver Charm and Free House, love the grays!

                You cannot change the direction of the wind; however, you CAN adjust your sails.
                ****Indecision may or may not be my problem****

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                • #9
                  Spectacular Bid
                  Forego
                  Lure
                  Affirmed
                  Go For Wand
                  Some of my favorites currently racing are:
                  Arromanches (a NY claimer)
                  Lido Palace
                  Stephentown (My Derby pick, ya heard it 1st here)
                  Bonapaw (midwest based sprinter)
                  Golden Tent (age 13 in training in NY)
                  Lord of the Thunder (NY bred 3yo)

                  BEQS clique.
                  The early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
                  F O.B
                  Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                  Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique

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                  • #10
                    Oh, Timely Writer broke my heart- I was only 12 when that happened. such memories!

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                    • #11
                      Im sad, No one put Ruffian =( I really think she was (or one of the greatest) racehorses ever, defintly one of the top mares! I mean, wow. You dont see a heart like that...ever! I am kinda glad I wasnt around when she was running, I dont know if I could handle hearing about "That" race..I cried when i read the book. Oh, and my other fav. has to be Secretariat. I saw his triple crowns on ESPNs Top 50 Athletes awhile back, I started cryin when I saw his Belmont...i dont know why, just the thought of any animal being so determined and havin so much heart...its amazing.

                      - We Ride and Never Worry 'Bout the Fall, Guess thats Just the Cowboy In Us All -
                      - For the Little Girl who would Rather Jump Fences then Skip Rope -
                      Belen
                      http://community.webshots.com/user/lovingit09
                      \"I\'m looking for a dare to be great situation\"- John Cusack

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                      • #12
                        Oh, I noticed that there were many votes for John Henry. I have attatched 2 pictures of him!

                        - We Ride and Never Worry 'Bout the Fall, Guess thats Just the Cowboy In Us All -
                        - For the Little Girl who would Rather Jump Fences then Skip Rope -
                        Belen
                        http://community.webshots.com/user/lovingit09
                        \"I\'m looking for a dare to be great situation\"- John Cusack

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                        • #13
                          Heres Another...

                          - We Ride and Never Worry 'Bout the Fall, Guess thats Just the Cowboy In Us All -
                          - For the Little Girl who would Rather Jump Fences then Skip Rope -
                          Belen
                          http://community.webshots.com/user/lovingit09
                          \"I\'m looking for a dare to be great situation\"- John Cusack

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                          • #14
                            Hm...actaually, only one person mentioned John Henry...Oh well! Ya'll can still enjoy his pics [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

                            - We Ride and Never Worry 'Bout the Fall, Guess thats Just the Cowboy In Us All -
                            - For the Little Girl who would Rather Jump Fences then Skip Rope -
                            Belen
                            http://community.webshots.com/user/lovingit09
                            \"I\'m looking for a dare to be great situation\"- John Cusack

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                            • #15
                              Definetly Xtra Heat. She is running at Laurel Feb. 16th and we're going to go watch her run [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] To quote Stuart from that movie So I Married An Axe Murderer..."Oh, I like this one, she's quite a filly"... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]

                              *J*
                              The Fjord Jockey
                              ......who just realized that Ireland isnt in the plans for at least another 9 years.
                              -The Girl With Endoscope Eyes

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                              • #16
                                Let's see... My all-time favorites...

                                Secretariat
                                John Henry (I loved the pics!!) I am at the Horse Park every day and I make sure to go see him often!!
                                Go For Wand
                                Ruffian
                                Swaps
                                Kelso
                                Seattle Slew
                                Alydar
                                Easy Goer
                                Point Given
                                Flame Thrower (he was a freak on the track - too bad he got hurt!)
                                Sunday Silence
                                Unbridled
                                Genuine Risk - what a classy mare. Too bad they had so much trouble getting her in foal - and that her one foal never raced...
                                Cigar
                                Landaluce
                                Charismatic
                                General Challenge

                                I could probably go on and on...

                                This year I would have to pick Officer...

                                And on this thread what about Jockeys?

                                The Shoe!!

                                Life is what happens while you are busy making plans.
                                Not all who wander are lost.

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                                • #17
                                  I was a huge fan of John Henry and, more recently, Skip Away -- two horses that were hard to beat because they loved to race. Point Given had that same quality and I was sad to see him retire so soon.

                                  I see no one's mentioned Dahlia, the US-bred mare, who won big turf races all over the world in the mid-70s, always running against the boys. Dahlia was smallish, cute mare whose toughness on the track belied her sweet and docile nature in the barn. She was an outstanding broodmare, at least a half-dozen of her foals won graded stakes; she died earlier this year at the age of 31.

                                  Over fences (I see no one's mentioned jump racers yet), I like 3-time Grand National winner Red Rum, the tough American chaser Saluter and the English hurdles champion Istabraq.

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                                  • #18
                                    Lonesome Glory and a lesser known horse named Yaw get my steeplechase honors.

                                    BEQS clique.
                                    The early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
                                    F O.B
                                    Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                                    Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique

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                                    • #19
                                      Since I used to hate steeplechase with a passion and just started liking it again this year, I dont know many steeplechase horses of the past, but right now I'd have to say It's A Giggle and Al Skywalker are my favs.

                                      *J*
                                      The Fjord Jockey....
                                      Who just today bought some Irish oatmeal. Mmm, hardy.
                                      -The Girl With Endoscope Eyes

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                                      • #20
                                        Is John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park, or was he?? I love Cigar, I saw him on his birthday he is just stunning I have about a billion pics of him just standing around.

                                        ~Christina~
                                        "I don't patronize bunny rabbits!" -Heathers
                                        *Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool.*

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