Friday, June 6, 2008

The Near Misses: Charismatic 1999

Amazingly owners Bob & Beverly Lewis would get another shot at the Triple Crown jsut 2 years after SILVER CHARM came agonizingly close in 1997 with the colt CHARISMATIC, who this time was trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

CHARISMATIC took the lead briefly at the top of the stretch but was then beaten, and sadly broke his leg in the last 1/16 of a mile, and jockey Chris Antley immediately recognized it, pulled him up, jumped off, and held up his leg until help arrived. His heroics may very well have saved the horse, who had surgery and recovered.

Good buildup, race starts at 4.30 mark.
And yes, that is Gary Player. I Dunno either...

Not nearly the close call like the two years prior, but the story of the horse getting injured, Antley's heroic efforts, and the horse being saved are what will always be remembered about this race.

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