Saturday, September 12, 2015

Controversy in the 2015 St Leger Stakes

The 2015 St Leger was decided in the stewards room as the only filly in the race Simple Verse was taken down and favorite Bondi Beach was declared the winner. There was some bumping in the stretch. Fields of Athenry (one of my fav songs) finished third. All three are descendants of Northern Dancer. Simple Verse was the great great granddaughter of Nijinsky who won the St Leger in 1970 becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 35 years (there hasn't been another in the past 45 years). Nijinsky opened the International floodgates for his sire Northern Dancer. Thank you Sky Racing for providing a live audio feed.

Bondi Beach (IRE) - great grandson X2 through Sadlers Wells and Danzig
Simple Verse (IRE) - great granddaughter x4 through Sadlers Wells/Danzig/Nijinsky and Nureyev
Fields of Athenry (IRE) - great grandson x2 through Sadlers Wells and Danzig

video of race