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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pharoah

[From Craig] It has been 37 years since the same horse won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes (the Triple Crown) in one year.  I was young then!  

This drought has been ended by American Pharoah this year:  



The original motion pictures (movies) were developed because people couldn't tell with their naked eyes, whether all of a running horse's hooves were ever off the ground at once.  See above for how easy it is to see this with modern technology...

The horse's name was submitted by a fan who had spelling problems (should be "pharaoh").  One of the reasons for this success was putting earplugs in the horse's ears. Next year, 1) many thoroughbred registrations will be submitted with misspelled names, and 2) many horses will have earplugs.

I've been watching triple crown races since about 1960.  While Secretariat remains the best I've seen, Pharoah shares the characteristic of never having been significantly gained on (caught up to) by any other horse in the last quarter of any of the three races.

A great champion!  Merikay says the country and the world needed such an example of excellence about now, because it gives us hope!

P.S. Maybe there's hope for ending the California drought?

6 comments:

  1. Ending the drought would be nice, but I'm not too optimistic about that.

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  2. Isn't that picture just amazing!! Look at the muscles in those hind quarters. I don't usually watch horse races but even we didn't miss today's race.

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  3. I've never seen a race but would love to... especially one of the "big" ones. What a thrill it must be.

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  4. we missed this race, but I love racing - I can't watch without choking on my tears, I don't know why but I get such an upwelling of emotion. Did you watch the movies about Seabiscuit and Secretariat?

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    1. Yes to both. But I liked the one about Phar Lap the best. That one was meant to be cried over. Be careful if you watch it, not to drown :-)

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