racing hall of fame

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I’ve been anxious about this race for a solid week now and I killed it with a new PR - 20:38
I needed some power lyrics on my leg and they played over and over in my head for all 3.13 miles. My pacing was solid, my head was empty except my song and a couple glances at my Garmin, and I gave it everything I had at the end. Neil, Jim, Grandma, Papa, and Chanel were all waiting for me at the finish and I couldn’t be happier right now. Post-race boocha was the icing on the cake.
“You can’t keep the ground from shaking, no matter how hard you try. You can’t keep the sunsets from fading, you gotta treat your life like you’re jumping off a rope swing baby ‘cause the whole thing’s really just a shot in the dark.”
Old Dominion

Yes✔️💯 I've thrown fits👊🏼👊🏼I've thrown tantrums🙇🏻Perhaps I'm just a RuPaul's Drag Race💅🏻👄obsessed superfan😩🙌🏻Was I obsessed when Shannel 🤑was Miss Absolut Mandarin🤔🤔Yes gawd👌🏻😱Was I obsessed when India Ferrah 👹🌪and Phoenix 👈🏼walked into the workroom in the same wig 👸🏼and the same outfit🙅🏻🐍 in the words of Gia Gunn🐠: Absolutely💯🙌🏻😩So it is my fanatical devotion😛and my undying love 💖and respect☝🏼 for the world RuPaul💄👑 has created here📝🖍that puts me wig🙎🏻head and shoulders🙌🏻👊🏼 above any competitor. Look into your hearts👁❤️, where you will find that the only inductee ➡️🤔into the RuPaul's Drag Race Hall of Fame👑💍is I, Alaska! 🙌🏻💫Halleloo💃🏻yes gawd👼🏻okcurrrr👯👯*tongue pop*🙎🏻
Isaac Burns Murphy

Considered one of the greatest jockeys in history, he won three Kentucky Derbies between 1884 and 1891. This feat wasn’t matched by another jockey until 1945. His career win record at 34% has yet to be equaled in American horse racing. He also was the first person to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Why did his name fall into obscurity?

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Jarno Karl Keimo Saarinen (11 December 1945 - 20 May 1973) was a Finnish professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. In the early 1970s, he was considered one of the most promising and talented motorcycle racers of his era until he was killed during the 1973 Nations Grand Prix in Italy. Saarinen’s death led to increased demands for better safety conditions for motorcycle racers competing in the world championships. He remains the only Finn to have won a motorcycle road racing world championship. Saarinen was inducted into the F.I.M. MotoGP Hall of Fame in 2009

Trixie or Shangela

I Stan Tracey as much as the next gal, but y'all can’t deny that Shangie has a better rpdr track record and is more iconic within the realm of drag race. In my mind it makes more sense for Shangela to be in the hall of fame cause of her multiple season arc (from first out to Hall Of Fame). Some of y'all are obnoxiously dismissing the other Queens cause your fave white queen is on. I lovvvve Trixie, her career has been stunning, but she doesn’t make much sense in the hall of fame for me, and her having severe competition LIKE Shangela does not mean Shangie deserves your messiness. So, with the upcoming shit storm of angry stans just try to keep it cute.

(also this is the third chance for both of them shut the fuck up Mary)

It’s not often one gets the opportunity to duel with a Kentucky Derby winning filly. A “personal” favorite, Personal Ensign, however, received the chance twice, meeting champion Winning Colors in the Maskette Stakes and the Distaff, besting her in both. Winning by what the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame described as a “lip”, it is often hailed as the most exciting finish in Breeder’s Cup history. Personal Ensign retired following the Distaff as the first undefeated champion in American racing in over 80 years.

Honestly no single player game has ever made me feel quite as accomplished as Gallop Racer 2004.  Like it takes a while to build up your reputation with trainers and convince them to give you better horses to ride, it takes a while to to get your own horses and win in better races, and buy a stable. It takes a while to ride those good horses to the ends of their careers and retire them. It takes a while and trial and error to breed. It takes p much a whole year of in game time (which you take week by week and can take hours upon hours to get through unless your’e skipping races)  for the foal to be born.  It then takes another few years for that foal to grow up. Then you race your foals until you get that one by chance that’s just a damn Champion and they have an amazing career. And then you feel bittersweet when they go past their prime and you retire them.  

And then the Dream Cup happens and you get to choose that older horse out from your hall of fame to race the best horses in the game and you have a mini emotional break down when you win on a horse you bred, you raced from day one, you watched become a champion, you said goodbye to, you thought you’d never ride again, on this magical race on a beautiful bridge crossing an endless ocean. 

Games corny and weird as hell but I played it 10 years ago and I still think about that digital horse and his 32 wins out of 34 starts career and what it felt like to win with him one last time like dang. 

An unlikely hero.

During the First World War homing pigeons were used widely to transport communications between front line units and commanders in the rear. When the United States Army landed in large numbers on the Western Front in the summer of 1918, British pigeon fanciers donated 600 birds to them, one of which was a hen, soon to be named Cher Ami - French for ‘dear friend’.

On 3 October 1918 she, with Major Charles Whittlesey and more than 500 men, became trapped in a small depression on the side of a hill as an offensive was halted by German forces. There behind enemy lines, in dense woodland, food and ammunition quickly ran low and friendly fire began to rain down from allied guns oblivious to their location. After the first day just 194 men remained alive. Two pigeons were sent up with messages for aid but both were quickly shot down by German soldiers atop the hill. With just Cher Ami left, the following note was attached to her leg and she was released with the lives of 194 men dependent on her survival:

We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.

Rising into the treetops she met a hail of fire, taking a round to her breast (her punctured sternum is shown on the left in the photograph) she began to bleed profusely. Another severed her the right leg leaving it hanging by a single tendon and yet another blinded her in one eye. She fell from the sky, only to pick herself back up and fly 25 miles in just 25 minutes. Her message was received and a push was made to rescue the 194 men of the lost 77th Division.

Army medics worked hard to save the life of Cher Ami and succeeded in doing so. A small wooden leg was crafted for her stump and once sufficiently recovered she was put on a boat to the United States, with General John J. Pershing personally seeing her off as she departed France. On 13 June 1919 she died at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey,  from the wounds she received in battle. She had been awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for her heroic service, delivering 12 messages during fighting at Verdun and also received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers. She was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931.

Throughout the 1920s and ‘30s Cher Ami was as well known to American school children as any human World War I hero. Her body mounted by taxidermists, she currently sits in the National Museum of American History’s ‘Price of Freedom’ exhibit, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Today, US horse racing has largely forgotten the black jockeys responsible for its early success and historical significance. Black jockeys were the stars of the racing world up until the early 1900’s, when institutionalized racism drove them out of the sport, and often out of the country to race abroad. When I say “drove them out,” I mean literally– black riders were often forced into, and over, the inside rail, as well as whipped in the face and across the hands by white riders while racing officials looked the other way.

Until black jockeys virtually disappeared from the racetrack, some of them were regarded as the greatest riders to ever sit a horse. Black jockeys won 15 of the first 28 runnings of the Kentucky Derby (13 of the 15 jockeys in the very first Kentucky Derby were black; it was won by Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides).

Isaac Murphy (1861-1896)
is still considered by many to be the greatest American jockey of all time. He won the Kentucky Derby three times (only three jockeys have won it more), and was the first to win it in back-to-back years. His win percentage, according to official records, was an incredible 34%. He was the first jockey inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1955, when it was created. Each year, the Isaac Murphy award is given to the jockey with the highest win percentage for the year.

Jimmy Winkfield (1882-1974) won the Kentucky Derby consecutively in 1901 and 1902, and was second in 1903. He is the last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, and only two black jockeys have ridden in the race since (Marlon St. Julien in 2000 aboard Curule, Kevin Krigger in 2013 on Goldencents). He was forced to take his tack overseas where he found great celebrity riding in Russia. He was champion jockey 3 times there before the Russian Revolution forced him to move to France, where he continued his successful career until his retirement. He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Willie Simms (1870-1927) is the only black jockey to have captured all three jewels of the Triple Crown (though on different horses in different years). He won the Belmont back to back, was the first American jockey to win with an American horse in England, then won the Kentucky Derby in consecutive runnings. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

And finally, one of the few black jockeys riding today, Kendrick Carmouche is a fixture of the Mid-Atlantic racing circuit. He was the first rider to take the Leading Jockey title four years in a row (2008-2011) at Parx Racetrack in Philadelphia, and oftens rides for some of the top trainers and owners in the business. He has yet to get a mount in the Kentucky Derby, but with his success over his 15 year career, it’s only a matter of time. He’s also one of the friendliest, most personable jockeys I’ve had the pleasure to deal with– always happy and optimistic, win or lose, he never has a bad word for his horse no matter how they run.