Monday, June 25, 2012

Queen's Plate 2012 - Strait of Dover


He lead from start to finish to take this year's running of the $1M Plate. It was a pair of fillies in second and third and of course all 3 were great grandkids of our 1964 Queen's Plate winner Northern Dancer.

1) Strait of Dover - great grandson x2
2) Irish Mission - great great granddaughter x2
3) Dixie Strike - great granddaughter x2

photo from Michel Burns photography and Bloodhorse

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Well she did it - but she didn't curtsey


It wasn't the dominance that everyone expected but she got the job done despite a brain fart by her regular jock Luke Nolen. Everything looked normal until he seemed to ease up with about 50 metres to go. Some great horses were not able to overcome those kinds of mistakes but she proved again she is probably the greatest sprinter alive and maybe the greatest of all time. I was afraid she was going to bump the queen never mind not curtseying. It was a pair of Queens at Ascot today. Twenty-two straight victories - what an accomplishment. She came out of the race with a couple of minor injuries so she will be heading home but connections think she might be ready for the Melbourne festivities in November.
Images from Getty
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Black Caviar


It's time to introduce you to this young lady. She is a 6 year-old Australian bred mare who on Saturday about 10:45 am EST will be attempting to set yet another record at Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. She will be trying to keep her undefeated streak alive at 22 wins after travelling half way around the world to take on the best sprinters Europe has to offer. Her sire is the grandson of Nijinsky. Her dam is the great-granddaughter of Danzig. She is considered the best sprinter in the world and a cult hero in Australia. She is big and she is beautiful. You don't have to look far to see her story - it seems to be everywhere.
Win number 17
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Win number 21
Telegraph Article

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Union Rags wins the 144th Belmont


A nice finish to a disappointing week with the scratch of I'll Have Another. Union Rags came through on the rail to defeat Paynter at the wire, Atigun finished third. Of course all 3 are great grandsons of Northern Dancer.
1) Union Rags great grandson x2
2) Paynter great great grandson x3
3) Atigun great great great grandson
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Camelot wins Epsom Derby 2012


Oh Oh the Queen looks like she might have had her 50 bob on Bonfire

As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations Camelot wins his second leg of Britain's Triple Crown - the Epsom Derby and of course it was another 1-2-3 finish for the grandkids of Northern Dancer. Queen Elizabeth II was on hand for the race. This sets up 2 potential triple Crown winners on both sides of the Atlantic.

1) Camelot - great grandson x3
2) Main Sequence - great great great grandson x4
3) Astrology - great grandson x2

Images from Getty Images

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