Friday, June 6, 2008

The Near Misses: War Emblem 2002

Not much to say about this one. WAR EMBLEM wired the field in the Derby {went to the front and stayed there, very uncommon for a Derby to be won that way}, won the Preakness, and then stumbled at the start- never a good thing for a horse that needs to go straight to the lead and win from the front- and faded badly while 71-1 longshot SARAVA won as the biggest longshot in Belmont history. Another triple crown failed bid for trainer Bob Baffert. I remember watching this at my hotel in St. Mary's, Georgia as I was getting dressed to go to the outdoor late afternoon wedding of a good friend- random.

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