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What are Your Brushes with Extraordinary Racehorses?

March 21, 2013 · By Dawn Lenert · Share

We all have experiences with and memories of a racehorse who defined extraordinary. I don’t recall a lot about Broad Brush from his racing days, but I sure wish I did after reading this article by Steve Haskin, a man who is so fortunate to have had so many encounters with extraordinary horses.

Broad Brush is the broodmare sire of our newly acquired 3-year-old Ground Transport who’s pointing towards the Louisiana Derby. I’ll have to ask Mike Stidham if GT likes to ride in vans.

What are some of your brushes with extraordinary horses? 

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So while I didn't really "know" Broad Brush as a racehorse, I sure paid attention to his offspring running at the Maryland tracks. My favorite was Include, who was always on my radar after he broke his maiden at Laurel. My husband and I were trackside when he won a hard fought Pimlico Special (and hit the tri). When it came to picking maiden 2yos at Laurel, if there were out of a BB mare, I always bet them.
The PA Derby - I was there! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmg5pOSBEEE
During my time at college Secretariat won his triple crown, revved my interest in the sport, and in my mind remains the greatest horse I have ever seen.But when asked about the greatest race I have ever seen it belongs to the late great Seattle Slew. And he lost it! I have attached the bloodhorse article. Read it first then view the imbedded video of the race. Watch the fractions as they come up during the race and see if you don't agree with the title of the aritcle. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/thoroughbred-bloggers-alliance/archive/20...
Six panels in 1:09 and change in a 1.5 mile race at Belmont! Slew was the horse that catapulted me into racing. He'll always be the greatest there ever was in my book. Thanks for sharing Mike.
Great title, Dawn, as Steve Haskin's article focused on Broad Brush. "Punning ability" must de facto be a job requirement at West Point Thoroughbreds! I'd remembered liking Ground Transport's damsire when I looked at his pedigree but I'd forgotten that it was Broad Brush. But why stop here with the opportunities to blog and pun? You could recycle your title, "What are Your Brushes with Extraordinary Racehorses?," if you'd write about the "Moneigh" charity for retired racehorses. Horses including Zenyatta, Curlin, Cigar, Street Sense, and Big Brown have contributed their "art" to this charity. Wouldn't it be awesome (and a worthy marketing strategy to boot) for Awesome Gem, among other WPT horses, to do so too? Best of luck to Ground Transport in the Louisiana Derby and keep on trucking! ;-)
Those Moneighs are so cool Laura.
I've always liked stories of rags to riches horses. My favorite was John Henry. He won the Arlington Million twice and I still have my trainer/jockey autographed picture on my family room wall.
That's funny Nancy, watching Twilight Eclipse today charge down the stretch at Gulfstream on my iphone, I exclaimed to Debbie Finley, "he's runnin' like John Henry!"
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