Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Arkansas Derby: Looking back to Afleet Alex

The kentucky Derby is a dream, everyone who's even sniffed a racehorse wants to win it. But recently, I keep thinking back to a horse who didn't win it, but should have.

Afleet Alex

With the Arkansas Derby coming up this weekend and the horse of the moment 'The Factor' running, I thought we might look back to a past winner.

In 2005, Afleet Alex, a top two year old of 2004, was coming into the Arkansas Derby off a disappointing effort in the Rebel stakes, supposedly due to a lung infection that wasn't caught beforehand. Whatever the reason was, many felt that Afleet Alex just hadn't sustained his form from his 2 to 3 year old year, as often happens.

But instead of finishing up the track, Afleet Alex showed that he was going to be a force in the 2005 triple crown.

He would gone on to finish 3rd in the Kentucky Derby. Display unbelievable agility in winning the preakness (Still can't believe he didn't fall down, much less win). Then in what was to be the final race of his career, he used an indescribable kick to win the Belmont, perhaps the most devastating turn of foot I've ever seen.

I believe this colt was unlucky not to win the triple crown, he had all the tools, and showed that win luck abandoned him, he'd make his own. The mark of a true champion.

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