Afleet-Alex

And that was the moment my heart stopped

Because there should have been no way for him to recover. He was on his knees on the track, with a field of 12 other thoroughbreds going at full speed behind him. No horse is taught how to recover from that

But he got up, and kept going. At this point, he didn’t need to get there first. If he had gotten second to Scrappy T, he would have won the race on a disqualification - that was interference if I ever saw it. But Alex didn’t know that, and he didn’t care. All he knew is that there was a horse in front of him and a race he needed to win

So he did

And that is why Afleet Alex is one of the greatest horses of the past decade

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Facebook has been doing that weird memory thing and is reminding me that my last trip to Kentucky was 3 years ago today! We went at the beginning of 2013 for all the farm tours, it was amazing! I’m glad I put these all on facebook because my hard drive with all the photos broke recently D: I really want to go back to Lexington soon to visit some of the recent retirees and some of the old guys that have returned, like Silver Charm.

Photos above include: Curlin, Big Brown, Afleet Alex, Bernardini, Union Rags, Tapit, Hansen, Scat Daddy, and Wilburn.

In honor of the ridiculous influx of baby pictures recently, here’s one from the vault

When 8-year-old mare Maggy Hawk gave birth to her third foal on May 9, 2002, the young mare immediately rejected her colt. In the 12 day interval before a nurse mare could be found, 9-year-old Lauren, daughter of breeder John Silvertand, hand fed the colt milk from an old Coors Lite bottle

This little colt, of course, grew up to be 2005 Preakness/Belmont winner and perennial fan favorite Afleet Alex 

Everyone has an opinion in horse racing. It’s one of the most alluring aspects of the sport. Debates rage about which horse was better, which performance was greater or which rivalry was the most memorable.


Handicappers, racing writers and fans rarely, in fact, almost never, agree.
But there is one performance that stands out as unequivocally one of the best races a horse has ever delivered on the Triple Crown stage: Afleet Alex’s Preakness Stakes victory in 2005.


Ten years ago, racing fans witnessed one of the most remarkable performances in the history of the U.S. Triple Crown. (Full Article)

…and now the field approaching the top of the stretch. Giacomo on the outside is the leader as the field turns for home, but here comes the Preakness winner - Afleet Alex - on his outside! And Southern Africa battles on at the rail - AND AFLEET ALEX JUST RAN RIGHT BY GIACOMO LIKE HE WAS STANDING STILL! Afleet Alex opening up with a tremendous burst of energy! He’s five lengths clear at the eighth pole! Andromeda’s Hero has now moved into second, Southern Africa third, Giacomo has faded, Nolan’s Cat…a compelling, outstanding performance by the plucky Afleet Alex. He won by six or seven lengths.
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Stretch call of 2005 Belmont Stakes. (x)

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