A Year of Finishes

At year's end we typically see many of our favorite stars move into retirement or second careers. Inspite of the many fan favorites and talented athletes who have left the track, one thing remains...their finishes. Let's remember and celebrate our many athletes by looking back at some of the hair raising finishes this past year!

Here is a short list of several races that I can watch over and over.

What races made the hair on your neck stand tall? 

 

I'll Have Another and Bodemeister rival the first two jewels of the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby


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The Preakness Stakes


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Shackleford escapes from Amazombie in the last moments of the stretch at Churchill Downs in the Churchill Downs Stakes.


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Shackleford then hangs on to win the Met Mile against Caleb's Posse.


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Paynter and Union Rags show Bodemeister and I'll Have Another that they do not own sole ownership of a stretch duel, Belmont Stakes.


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Alpha and Golden Ticket hit a dead heat in the Travers.


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My Miss Aurelia and Questing battle in the stretch of the Cotillion Stakes.


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Flat Out and Stay Thirsty stretch run in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.


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Royal Delta and her Beldame romp.


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Overanalyze and the gritty trio finish in the Remsen Stakes.


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Stay Thirsty's rundown of the talented Groupie Doll in the Cigar Mile Handicap.


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Pure Fun shows you how to close DEEP in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes.


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And finally, Frankel. His videos were disabled for embedding, but you can watch his final race replay here

 

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Wise Dan defeats Animal Kingdom in the Breeders' Cup Mile.


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The Mini Horse

I am a fan of Rob Dyrdek who is involved in the horse industry with horses such as Weemissfrankie. He has had several TV shows, but I know him more from his skating days. Anyway, this is one of my favorite shows with him, when he and Big went to gain the next part of their family, Mini Horse. My favorite scene is at 9:40 into the show…when riding home in the car

http://www.mtv.com/videos/rob-and-big-full-episode-ep-201/1559950/playlist.jhtml?xrs=share_twitter


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Susan W.

One of my favoritefinishes in 2012 was the True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont (on the undercard of the Belmont Stakes), won by Caixa Eletronica over Justin Phillip in a very thrilling stretch run.  (Unfortunately, Giant Ryan broke down in the stretch of this race.)

13 Dec 2012 5:51 AM
Criminal Type

NO question, Union Rag's Belmont. Half way down the stretch I was whispering, GO Rag's, Get him Johnny but by the time they were 50 yards out I was screaming GO Rag's, GO Rag's so loud I scared the cats. My Miss Aurelia and Questing's Cotillion was a close second. There were some very exciting finishes this year.

13 Dec 2012 6:25 AM
Kiwi

This is a great post! Nice to see all those exciting races. I would also vote for the Santa Anita Derby with IHA, Creative Cause and Blueskiesandrainbows. If you include international, then Black Caviar's Royal Ascot win.

17 Dec 2012 12:17 PM
Lammtarra's Arc

#1 IHA/Bode in the Preakness

#2 Shack/Caleb.p in the Met mile

#3 Danedream/Nathanial in the K/G

#4 Uncaptured/Frac.D Kentucky JC.

#5 Fort Larned/MMM BCC

And since there was RD's Romp.. I will take Frankel's 11 length Romp (for fun) in the Queen Anne :)

20 Dec 2012 8:49 PM
Old Old Cat

Wonderful, wonderful,wonderful.  But my favorite is I'll Have Another in the Belmont, sadly it was not to be.

05 Feb 2013 4:37 PM

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