Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

And, we have a Triple Crown winner~!

It ONLY took 37 years.  Let's see, our daughter will turn 37 in July, so it's been as long as sne's been on Earth to have another Triple Crown winner, but it happened yesterday with American Pharoah.  I noticed his long stride and I took a look at his pedigree.  Pretty impressive!  His grand sire, Empire Maker, won the Belmont in 2003.  Looking even further back, I see that he has Secretariat on his dam's side, as well as Bold Ruler and Exclusive Native.  Exclusive Native was the sire of Affirmed, the LAST Triple Crown winner before American Pharoah.  He also has Nasrullah and Miss Disco (on his Secretariat line).  It was Penny Chenery who focused on the FEMALE lines when she bred Secretariat.  And, he has the Princequillo line, too, on his dam's side.  Hmmmm....very impressive!

But, it isn't JUST about pedigrees.  Quad has an impressive pedigree, too.  In fact, Quad is a great-grandson of Affirmed, a g-g-grandson of Secretariat, and even has Man O'War in his pedigree.  He was just too laid back to have the desire to win.  In 7 races, he NEVER won a race!  (goofball...)

It sure was an exciting race!  I was yelling and screaming and clapping.  It was so good to see Penny Chenery there, too, at the race.  I wonder what she was thinking?

American Pharoah in the stretch, on his way to becoming the 12th Triple Crown champion.


C-ingspots said...

Yes, it was an awesome race!! I'm so happy that we have another triple crown winner - and he sounds like a really cool horse! Affirmed held the title for a good, long time...we have a grandson of Affirmed. Our very own racetrack "not wanna be", or as you aptly described him - big goofball! Our guy is Affermative Shadow. :)

Linda said...

I had given up hope that it could be done--no matter how good the horse was. Injuries at the gate, etc. it seemed like something always derailed the Triple Crown. Not this time. It was glorious.