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post #21 of 31 Old 07-26-2010, 07:46 PM
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This is a poem that always brings a tear to my eye...

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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post #22 of 31 Old 07-26-2010, 07:54 PM
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As though our dreams had the force of reality,
We concieved her & then when she appeared,
Took her for our own.
We made her on massive proportions,
The body of a stud, the legs of a water spider,
So that no one would mistake her for ordinary.
And we made her black as the crack of doom.
We made her fast, speed on speed,
So fast that distance would lose all meaning
And time would take on a meaning anew.
We endowed her with savagery which would drive her to fight pain
And would humble her foes like serfs at the feet of a queen.
And then we gave her to a man above whom no other could be more trusted to minister her greatness & to preserve the sanctity of our dream.
She gave us power, because what we dreamt she performed,
So we asked for more.
Track record, stakes record.
Why not a world record, the consummate feat
Which would prove us to be the supreme dreamers of all?
We approved when the track was tempered like an anvil,
A little help from man to fullfill her destiny.
Her speed, her unearthly physical size, our vanity
And finally her own savagery destroyed her.
We live now with a busted dream,
But the man in the pink shirt who made the lonesome trip
To the far side of Belmont's infield lives with the real loss.
We will dream again,
But Frank Whiteley will never hace another Ruffian!

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post #23 of 31 Old 07-26-2010, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my god that made me want cry. Shivers down my spine ;)
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post #24 of 31 Old 10-10-2010, 05:46 AM
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I knew about Ruffian and how she died, but I haven't seen the movie.

This is kind of off-topic, but this seems to be a thread based on fantastic fillies, but no one ever mentions Rags to Riches. She won the 2007 Belmont, beating Street Sense.
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post #25 of 31 Old 10-10-2010, 11:34 AM
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Yes Rags To Riches is another great filly. She was the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont, defeating Curlin who later became the richest Thoroughbred in racing history (though i'll admit I was a little sour with him for crushing Street Sense in the Preakness No TC winner that year)!
She's another of my fave fillies, next to Ruffian & Zenyatta. Rachel Alexandra was good as well in the Preakness
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post #26 of 31 Old 10-12-2010, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, seh certainly was gorgeous. I didn't get to watch the races in 2007. -sigh- Stupid TV died on me, so I only got to hear about the resuls :(

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #27 of 31 Old 11-01-2010, 10:57 PM
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poor ruffian I know exactly how you feel abou the movie :( I have never actually seen it but have been told it is absolutely horrifying to see so I don't want to see it at all.
R.I.P Ruffian :(

Cross Country- The act of hurling yourself and your equine partner at a stationary object with poise and grace while attempting to survive...
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post #28 of 31 Old 11-02-2010, 07:47 PM
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I would like to see it actually, just skip the bit where she broke her leg :(

Cross Country- The act of hurling yourself and your equine partner at a stationary object with poise and grace while attempting to survive...
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post #29 of 31 Old 11-02-2010, 08:10 PM
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I have not seen this movie and I doubt I will seek it out. I have seen that sort of bone break during a race TWICE and it was utterly horifying. It makes me sick just to recall it. I have not been back to the track since.
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post #30 of 31 Old 11-03-2010, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hollywood fails us with its graphic scenes in the movies....

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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