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A sigh came out of me from some deep place today when I learned that the world's #1 racehorse, Ireland's Sea the Stars, will not be coming to the USA after all. He will not be running in the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita next month.
After winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris last week, he'll be transitioned to stud duty.
This nicely edited tribute clip-mash is a great salute to his stellar year at the top of the racing world.
So many years we endure the coming and going of racing stars, the tragedy of injury, the revolving door of media favorites. And this year, we're so lucky to have some (pretty) sound, athletic horses. They are running their hearts out and performing consistently, even on off tracks.
If you have some time, go to YouTube and look up the channel of Partymanners and watch the races he has posted there of Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Summer Bird, Careless Jewel, and so many others. Check out Muscle Hill over in the Standardbred world.
We have a dream team of superstar horses out there, minus one now. But retiring him on top, and presumably uninjured, is pretty special too.
Maybe my sigh was a sigh of relief.
Click here to read an article about Sea the Stars from The Times of London.
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