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Few horses have been able to pull a “Silky Sullivan” finish like Silky Sullivan (Sullivan x Lady N Silk, by Ambrose Light) himself. The opening section of this mini-doc displays the California Comet’s 1958 Santa Anita Park win, where he lagged as much as 40 lengths off the pace before igniting an incredibly explosive closing run. Truly amazing!

rinaway  asked:

What are your favorite races to rewatch? I've only been watching horse races since 2008, but my favorites are Mine that Bird's Derby, Secretariat's Belmont, Zenyatta's Breeder's Cup Classic, Birdstone's Belmont, and Winning Color's Derby. Just curious.

DAMN THIS IS A GOOD ASK. I have a few videos of races I love to watch again and again:

  • BOTH Zenyatta Breeders’ Cup Classic races as well as her Lady’s Secret win over Switch and the Vanity Handicap over St. Trinians. Whenever I see something scary good– like a movie, photo, or what have you– it sends a chill up my legs to my head. Brr! Zenyatta so scary good!
  • Secretariat’s Belmont win, though sometimes I secretly avoid watching it while PMSing because it’s the one and ONLY thing that moves me to tears almost every time I watch it.
  • Funny Cide’s Kentucky Derby win - Such a cool gelding, and the way he split between both of Frankel’s horses down the home lane was so inspiring to me.
  • Rags to Riches’ Belmont win - The craziest Belmont I ever watched live. What a magnificent duel she and Curlin had.
  • Some of Silky Sullivan’s efforts– probably the greatest closer I’ve ever seen.
  • Tiznow’s 2001 Classic win - Knowing the story behind the scenes made watching this race even more fulfilling. Chris McCarron gave him one last whack to try and catch Sakhee and the horse really gave it a whole new gear then. All heart.
  • Rachel Alexandra’s Kentucky Oaks win - Just overwhelmingly awesome. To have seen this race was to witness something divine, and I’m glad to have been born in the R.A. generation.
  • Any of Frankel’s races
I have several other awesome races I like rewatching, but I won’t list them here since many of them are part of separate posts I have in drafts. Also notice I left out the exciting 2011 races ;)