Brains and Brawn

My boy Einstein has done it. Become richer, yes, but that isn't my point. He has become a horse of all surfaces by winning the March 7 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).

Photo: A. Duckworth
Caption: Einstein

He is a master on turf, a soldier on dirt (winning the grade II Clark Handicap and finishing second to Horse of the Year Curlin in the grade I Stephen Foster Handicap), and now adds synthetic surfaces to his growing resume of awesomeness.

I was cheering him the whole duration of his race, and man he just held that fourth/third position all the way around, then bolted and grinded out the end.

I am so proud of him and proud of Helen for preparing him for the various races. Einstein stole my heart three years ago and hasn't let go. I am just amazed after watching this race. Yet more evidence why we should let heroes race at older ages. What a joy to watch him.

Even though Einstein could have been retired to stud last year, they kept him in training, and racing is better for it. Several of my friends and I have been lucky enough to see him race at Churchill Downs and Keeneland, and it is a treat. He always tries, and with his distinctive near-black coat, he is hard to miss!

He now has almost $2.3 million in earnings and six graded stakes victories to his credit. Here’s hoping for a few more!

Photo: A. Duckworth
Caption: Einstein and Curlin

Einstein's victory in the Santa Anita Handicap


A shout out to Rags to Riches for foaling her first baby, and of course the proud dad; Giant's Causeway.
Read an article about it here.


This weeks And They're Off gives a special mention to Helen and Einstein.

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