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Name your 3 favorite racehorses of all time!

Asked by Anonymous

Why must you pain me to just name three?

The first one that comes to mind is definitely Man o’ War. He’s the whole reason I got into horse racing. I don’t care what some people might say about his true potential… he was so glorious and knocked down a whole lot of records for such a young horse I’m sure he would have been amazing no matter what!

I’d also have to say Exterminator. He was big and awkward and yet despite his obstacles he was a true iron horse taking on all comers! I don’t think he ever had a bad day.

Third I’ll go with a more modern yet very popular pick: Zenyatta. I know she gets a lot of hate as well as a lot of love, but I took a personal liking to her when I was in a very tough part of my life and she helped me survive it as cheesy as it sounds. This blog might not exist if it weren’t for her making modern racing exciting for me again.

Thanks for the question! :)

I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister duel in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (Photo by John McDonnell)

I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister duel in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (Photo by John McDonnell)

Eighttoofasttocatch holds off Marilyn’s Guy to win the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park (Photo by Jim McCue)

Eighttoofasttocatch holds off Marilyn’s Guy to win the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park (Photo by Jim McCue)

Idle Talk wins the Dahlia Stakes at Pimlico over In the Rough (Photo by Jim McCue)

Idle Talk wins the Dahlia Stakes at Pimlico over In the Rough (Photo by Jim McCue)

Street Sense and Curlin tuck behind the field in the early stages of the 2007 Preakness, which Curlin won.

Street Sense and Curlin tuck behind the field in the early stages of the 2007 Preakness, which Curlin won.

(Photo by Greater New Orleans Photographic Society)

(Photo by Greater New Orleans Photographic Society)

Retiring this year (set #1): Uncle Mo, Blind Luck, Tizway, Goldikova, Twirling Candy, Big Drama, Gio Ponti, and Drosselmeyer.

Retiring this year (set #1): Uncle Mo, Blind Luck, Tizway, Goldikova, Twirling Candy, Big Drama, Gio Ponti, and Drosselmeyer.

In 2008, Rick Porter and Larry Jones had three-year-old Eight Belles. Two years later, they had three-year-old Havre de Grace. One would have her ascent to greatness cut short while the other is still soaring.

We’ll meet again… Havre de Grace and her trainer Larry Jones catch Uncle Mo passing them by in the Belmont Park paddock. They’ll eye each other again next month in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (I)— on the track!

We’ll meet againHavre de Grace and her trainer Larry Jones catch Uncle Mo passing them by in the Belmont Park paddock. They’ll eye each other again next month in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (I)— on the track!

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