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    Afleet Alex retired!

    I just knew he would never come back to the races.

    http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=31220

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    I still think there is something wrong with the breeding of today's thoroughbreds. The horses of 50 years ago could carry heavier weights for longer distances and did not break down as quickly. Even with all of the advances of equine veterinary medicine today, horses today just don't seem to be able to match the feats of their predecessors. (And it's not just the money involved in the breeding rights either!)

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    I agree. As soon as a horse runs well at the top level of racing more than twice, they get hurt and have to retire.

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    It's called 'inbreeding to the Phalaris line.' I firmly believe this obsession with trying to breed another Secretariat by inbreeding like crazy, plus nicking Mr. Prospector/Secretariat lines, is creating horses like Fussy Itchy Pegasus--big, muscled, gorgeous, and with ankles made of glass. Especially since the horses are absolutely babied compared to the mid-twentieth century--better surfaces, fewer races, more medications. And yet, Citation came back at five after an injury and while he wasn't the same as he was at three, he could still have 'won carrying the grandstand', as one writer put it. (I join those who believe Citation was the greatest of the Triple Crown winners and in a fair race between all the TC winners of the past, he would win, with Seattle Slew, Secretariat, and War Admiral duking it out for second. Back of the pack would be fluke winners Omaha and Sir Barton, who allegedly had to be coked to the gills to run. Oh, and on a fair modern track, Man O' War could beat every last one of them.)

    Also, of course, there's the millions at stake if they keep racing a colt and he ends up breaking something so badly he has to be put down--the money in stud syndications is so high the temptation's got to be overwhelming to just retire as fast as possible.

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    I bet if Smarty Jones had won the TC he would've been retired immediately after the race.

    No wonder I like the allowance and claiming level horses. At least they run more often and stick around.

    And I follow Perfect Drift, the gelding. He seldom wins, but often finishes 2nd or 3rd in the big races. His current record is 35 (11-9-6) $3,826,870.

    BTW, ESPN is making a movie on Ruffian. Remember her?

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    I remeber sobbing through the end of the match race and thinking that the trainer of her opponent showed no class with his comments after her valient and tragic death. She was one of the great athletes of her time, human or equine.

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