Here’s a great photo I took of Animal Kingdom entering the paddock. He’s really a beautiful horse, just the way he walks you can tell he knew that he was there to boss things up. He ran a terrific race, although Point Of Entry beat him to the wire. But that’s okay because I cashed in a nice trifecta ticket because of that!!
Shot yesterday: Lea & Joel Rosario winning the Grade I $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Lea beat Will Take Charge (see the last photo) and also broke the track record for 1 1/8 miles, ran it in 1:46.86
I think the horse that made me get into horse racing was Barbaro. I was fairly young when watching his races. I cried so much when I found out he was put to sleep. I see Edgar Prado all the time at Gulfstream, now and I constantly cheer him on.
Animal Kingdom was full of vigor running in an op-claimer at Gulfstream Park yesterday, all in preparation for his goal race, the Dubai World Cup (I). He looked like a pitbull dragging its owner by the leash roaring down the backstretch, pulling hard to get at the lead. He won with an added kick at the end, by 2 lengths under a hand ride. He’s back, and the only Derby winner to win his first time out as a 4-year-old since Gato Del Sol in 1984.