In search of a champion
It was one of those years. While racing folk have spent decades in frustrated search of a genuine star and found few, the hunt could not possibly have gotten more far afield than it did in 2012.Consider the year recently passed in this light: The likely champion 3-year-old and finalist for Horse of the Year was infirm and retired before the Belmont Stakes and while winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, both in hair-raising finishes, is certainly not a trivial accomplishment, it is not the stuff worthy of a horse judged to be a champion over the course of a season's competition. It gets more unlikely.
In The Gate Podcast
Benjamin Leon, owner of two-time Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic champion Royal Delta. Also, a follow to our True North Handicapped show with Canadian horse player Eric Poteck.
Two-year-old filly: Beholder
Three-year-old male: (Vacant)
Three-year-old filly: My Miss Aurelia
Older Male: Fort Larned
Older Female: Royal Delta
Male Sprinter: Trinniberg
Female Sprinter: Groupie Doll
Male Turf Horse: Little Mike
Female Turf Horse: Zagora
Horse of the Year: (Vacant)
The good news: Soon, the process begins anew. Paul Moran is a two-time winner of the Media Eclipse Award and has received various honors from the National Association of Newspaper Editors, Society of Silurians, Long Island Press Club and Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. He also has been given the Red Smith Award for his coverage of the Kentucky Derby. Paul can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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