Thirty six years ago today, Affirmed made his debut at Belmont Park. Sent off at double-digit odds, the chestnut colt went right to the front and kept going. Not surprisingly, gamblers never saw anything close to those odds again! The Harbor View Farm homebred, that year’s two-year-old champion, would go on to be a Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year for trainer Laz Barrera.
Thank you, Starbucks, for leaving huge chunks of ice in my drink. I love having to chew my Frappuccino.
I secretly think the racing industry should conspire and let a horse win the Triple Crown.
What is the point of a horse winning a Triple Crown if they did not earn it? I would rather us never have a Triple Crown winner again, rather than simply give it to a horse.
I really dislike the way the horse racing community on tumblr is so American-centric. Other nations never seem to get a look in unless its the Grand National or the Melbourne Cup. Everyone always harps on about the American greats but what about the other greats? Makybe Diva, Brigadier Gerard, Vodka, Sea the Stars, Goldikova etc?I live in the US! I don’t know ish about 95% of other racing. Of course I’m going to “harp on” about horses I was raised loving.
If I lived in Great Britain, I’d be going on about British horses. If I were Australian, I’d be posting Australian horses. As it is, I am an American, so I mainly post American horses. However, I have posted many foreign runners as well, such as Petite Etoile (who happens to be one of my favorite fillies), Red Rum, Phar Lap, Rain Lover, Takir, Navalcan, and etc. That, and I, as well as many other racehorse blogs, take requests. If you want to see a certain horse, simply ask. :)
Whirlaway winning the Derby.
On this day in 1974, Frank Whiteley saddled a dark bay two-year-old filly for an unheralded debut. Ruffian was sent off at 9-2 odds… she would never go off above even money again. In one of the most impressive debuts of all time, Ruffian equaled the track record while dominating the race by fifteen lengths. The unparalleled filly is shown here winning her second start, the Fashion, also at Belmont. It was another commanding victory in an equally fast time.
Walk into the club like whaddup I got a job at a vet clinic!
BTW YOU GUYS, I GOT A JOB!!