A hearty hello and how have you been since the Haskell? Pudge and I have had one heck of a great summer busy having fun and being a little lazy too. Here in sweet southern Georgia I have been following the racing and enjoying it to the fullest but have not gotten around to my writing. So Pudge is in the same boat, busy having fun and enjoying the goodies from Buttons and her goat friends in the Tack Room Kitchen up in Manheim, PA. Guess that is how it goes. Rest assured though, we have been enjoying the journey of the Triple Crown, The Breeder’s Cup Challenge racing and now the year-end Championships.
What a year in racing it has been! We have witnessed history that will never be forgotten as we saw American Pharoah take down his rivals in the Triple Crown races, come back to win the Haskell Invitational like it was nothing and then a small defeat in the Travers. The Travers was only slightly disappointing however. He was our champion and we know in racing it’s hard to win them all. Many miles of travel and the rigors of racing and winning slowed down the streak a bit but not for long. Seeing him win like an angel with wings on his back was like nothing we’ll probably ever see in a long time if ever. He ran his last race a winner and a champion and Pudge and I were so confident he would. But even so, this race brought us to tears of joy that cannot fully be explained but merely understood.
This year the Breeder’s Cup Championships were held at Keeneland racecourse. Heralded as perhaps the most beautiful racetrack in the United States, they clearly hosted with honor and did Kentucky and horse lovers around the world proud. What a distinction to have for this set of historic championships.
Pudge and I were wowed by the champions all as they each took their place in the gate for each run. We know how hard it is to get there and that’s what makes us all appreciate these horses so much more. The hours of work, the money, the effort of all the crew set the stage for what we get to watch for the two days. It’s not easy and it’s fun but it’s work too. There is not one detail that takes a back seat in this process because to miss one can take a huge toll. So we waited all summer in great anticipation for this last hurrah for all the champions and one race in particular that was historic and monumental. This was because only one horse ever to have a chance at the first ever Grand Slam in horse racing – a 4th jewel. The golden jewel of all. American Pharoah secured his place in history again and again this year, but with his last race his jewel will shine for lifetimes to come.
Pudge and I were amazed by all the winners of course and there were not only one but two track records set!! Just take a look at this impressive list of winners:
Friday, October 30, 2015 Day One
Juvenile Turf: Hit It A Bomb
Las Vegas Dirt Mile: Liam’s Map
Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Catch A Glimpse
Saturday, October 31, 2015, Day Two
14 Hands Vinery Juvenile Fillies: Songbird
Turf Sprint: Mongolian Saturday
Twin Spires Filly and Mare Sprint: WavellAvenue
Filly and Mare Turf: Stephanie’s Kitten
Twin Spires Turf: RunHappy – TRACK RECORD!! Naps paid off!
Mile: Tepin Filly beats the boys!
Sentinent Jet Juvenile: Nyquist, way to go for Uncle Mo!
Longines Turf: Found, another filly beats the boys!
BC Classic: AMERICAN PHAROAH, Track Record!
Stellar careers are born, champions are made and history was witnessed. Memories for a lifetime! Some of our champions will be retiring to new careers and others will be moving on to what is next in racing in 2016. Many of our favorite racehorses are retiring this year so we’ll be getting to know new horses and you know what that means, we’ll be back on the Derby trail once again.
But for now, let us just enjoy what American Pharoah and his equine friends gave to us. They gave us hope, inspiration beyond compare and showed us that we can believe in our dreams and make our fairy tales come true. This was a year in racing that will never be duplicated but that’s ok. We don’t want it to because we want the horses and their connections to write their own stories whatever they may be. This story was one that will remain etched in our hearts and minds forever.
Pudge and I thank you for following our racing blogs this year and in years past and we hope that you’ll stay with us for what comes next in the year ahead. If what we saw this weekend is any indication, we are in for something special!
Your friends in racing, Indy and Pudge ♥