June

Some Horse! Terrific! Radiant!

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Some Horse! Terrific! Radiant!

I spent most of Sunday watching the replay of American Pharoah’s Belmont tour de force and more significantly relishing the crowd’s reaction to this event each time I saw it.  There are multiple Youtube fan perspectives of what they saw and what happened around them during his effortless strides down the lane in which he left the very nice colt Frosted and the others in his dust.   Collectively these images and the swelling sound from the stands as his victory became more and more certain capture a jubilation that we rarely allow ourselves or see in others.   Webster’s defines jubilation as “an act of rejoicing; an expression of great joy” and as American Pharoah dispatched his rivals in one of the fastest Belmont’s ever and then was paraded by Victor Espinoza down the length of the stands and finally took his spot in the winner’s circle, we all witnessed and hopefully felt in our homes, backyards, bars – wherever we saw the race – pure jubilation.   Was it because the owners of Secretariat, Affirmed, and Seattle Slew were there and were graciously supportive of having another member in their exclusive Triple Crown club?  Was it simply that ...

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The Sure Thing

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The Sure Thing

There are no sure things. Except death and taxes. . . .or that you'll get NYRA credentials if you're a partner in Bliss Racing. . . . and, that no matter how many times you watch your favorite movie, the end doesn't change - George will still run through Bedford Falls and Clarence will get his wings; however, which movie is my favorite changes all the time (in this instance I wanted one that was readily identifiable to make my point, so I used an obvious choice . . . right NOW may favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird, no it's Brian's Song . . . .) OK, maybe we can agree there aren't too many sure things.  Another sure thing is that if you're in a Bliss partnership, there will be opportunities to visit your horse and get to know them up close and personal as the photo above demonstrates. When it comes to horse racing, however, I do believe there are no sure things -- looking back, Secretariat might seem to have been a sure thing in his 31 length Belmont Stakes win, but before the race many people still thought Sham could beat him in the Belmont since Secretariat's sire Bold Ruler was not perceived to be anything more than ...

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