A Salute to George Vancouver


Before returning to the regular Maiden Watch activities, I thought I would present a salute to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver (Henrythenavigator - Versailles Treaty by Danzig) with photos taken by The Blood Horse photographers at Santa Anita. But first, let's watch the replay of the race.


George Vancouver makes a powerful move between horses, and pulls away for a 1 1/4 length win. Also watch for Brown Almighty (Big Brown - Gone Goodbye by Gone for Real), who takes a short lead after 6 furlongs, but has to steady when crowded, and weakens to finish 9th.

And away they go. Photo by Chad Harmon

Brown Almighty (center, white blaze) takes the lead. Photo by Rick Samuels

Making his way through traffic. Photo by Skip Dickstein

And shaking free from the pack. Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

Leading the way home. Photo by Rick Samuels

All alone at the finish. Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

Looking like a winner. Photo by Crawford Ifland

Ready for his close-up. Photo by Crawford Ifland

In the Winner's Circe. Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

Enjoying the spoils of winning, co-owners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, trainer Aidan O'Brien, and jockey Ryan Moore. Photo by Skip Dickstein

That's right, I'm the Winner! Photo by Skip Dickstein

Photos are available for purchase at photos.bloodhorse.com.

Family Photos

Dam - Grade I winner Versailles Treaty. Photo by Skip Dickstein

Sire - Group I winner Henrythenavigator. Photo by Wally Skalij

Half Brother - Grade II winner Saarland (by Unbridled). Photo by Adam Coglianese


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George Vancouver was the almost unnoticed story of the Breeders’ Cup. His success points once again to the absolute brilliance of the Coolmore Group. They already control the best sire in the world. Now they have converted Henrythenavigator into an international sire of a Grade 1 winner over a mile in his first crop. Not only that, they have in George Vancouver another potential sire in America. He might be remembered long after some of the other winners are forgotten. They are amazing.

09 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
Don from PA/DE

Thanks Chris, yes thanks to your exposure to HTN offspring, I keyed this young grass explorer on BC day, one of three other races I keyed the winner with DD/Pick3-4's smiling with GV! Don

09 Nov 2012 10:06 AM

I saw Henrythenavigator run at the BC in Santa Anita in 2008- small but ran amazingly well.  George Vancouver looks quite a bit like his sire.

09 Nov 2012 2:03 PM

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