Friday, June 25, 2010

One Fast Horse

It's nice to see that Churchill has honored the crack sprinter Kelly's Landing with an overnight stakes. It runs tonight and it's the 10th race on the card, under the lights. Wonder if he will make an appearance? Last I heard, the gelding is enjoying life as a lead pony for his trainer Eddie Kenneally. I remember watching him break his maiden, late in his 3 year old year. He was running away from his field, in the middle of the racetrack, looking pretty green, but ultra impressive. Even on the tv screen , you could see what a big horse he was. I quickly added him to my "horses to watch " list, never thinking he would later turn out to set a track record at Churchill for 6 furlongs in 1.07 and change and go on to win the richest sprint race in the world, the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2007. I got to see him at the barn at Keeneland one year, and it was easy to see why he had a hard time fitting into starting gate. For a rider, he always looked liked the kind of horse you'd want to swing a leg over. Hope your retirement is going well, buddy!

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