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Yeats and Debates

The biggest story of the day from Royal Ascot is that Yeats did, indeed, win the Gold Cup for the third year running. He is only the second horse to achieve this milestone — the other, Sagaro, ran in the 1970s. Yeats is also the first 7-year-old to win the race since 1993, when Drum Taps was the victor. There was even some discussion of him coming back next year to attempt to go one better than Sagaro:

Asked about the possibility of a record-breaking four triumph next year, O’Brien said: ‘I don’t know when the time will come to preserve his genes and that is the reality as we’ve never had a horse with as big a pair of lungs and as big a heart as he has – they are physical things.

Certainly from an American perspective, that highlights something a little unusual about Yeats (beyond his proven ability at 2 miles) — he’s a stallion, and he’s still in training at his ‘advanced’ age. To put that in a little perspective, he was winning his first stakes races while Curlin was taking his first steps (and speaking of Curlin, see below).

Yeats won the Gold Cup in some style, finishing 5 lengths ahead of Geordieland (again completing the exacta), with the previously-unbeaten Coastal Path some further distance behind; Allegretto finished well for fourth. Tomorrow’s featured race is the Coronation Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile; Spacious is the likely favorite, and although the Times has yet to forgive trainer Jim Bolger for his handing of New Approach’s entry for the Derby, they suggest that should his filly Lush Lashes win the race, the crowd will be too distracted to notice.

But let us turn our attention back to the US for a moment; you have no doubt already heard that Rick Dutrow pulled a sickie and skipped his date with Congress, but that doesn’t mean there’s no discussion. You can follow the proceedings live on the Paulick Report, where they have been good enough to liveblog the entire thing. And if you were planning on heading to Belmont to see Curlin in July, you may not want to confirm your plans just yet…

2 comments to Yeats and Debates

  • libby

    It is really irking that those morons in Boone county jail have any part of those magnificent horses. I do not know how much of Einstein they own but 20% of Curlin is a crime. I can only see Curlin at Arlington so it kind of works out for me, but this situation is unbearable.

  • Mr. Beer N. Hockey

    Well done with the Royal Ascot bits.

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