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My 2012 Kentucky Derby pick: Union Rags, who finished 7th.
I think I will always remember the 2012 Triple Crown, even if it ended in disappointment for me… except for that Belmont race of course. (Photo by Thoroughbred Champions)

My 2012 Kentucky Derby pick: Union Rags, who finished 7th.

I think I will always remember the 2012 Triple Crown, even if it ended in disappointment for me… except for that Belmont race of course. (Photo by Thoroughbred Champions)

Einstein (Photo by Adena Springs)

Einstein (Photo by Adena Springs)

Continuing the “UNF conformation” series is Henrythenavigator. Unfortunately, Henry is back in Ireland so that pretty much KOs my hopes of Zenyatta ever going to him (though her dam Vertigineux has a yearling filly by him I’m excited about). He was a terrific miler who could get the classic distance, albeit on grass. As far as modern, living horses go, Henry is just about the picture of perfection.
As much as I love his breeding (by Kingmambo— Mr. Prospector x Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Miesque— out of a Sadlers Wells mare), he does have quite a bit of inbreeding. Can’t win them all…

Continuing the “UNF conformation” series is Henrythenavigator. Unfortunately, Henry is back in Ireland so that pretty much KOs my hopes of Zenyatta ever going to him (though her dam Vertigineux has a yearling filly by him I’m excited about). He was a terrific miler who could get the classic distance, albeit on grass. As far as modern, living horses go, Henry is just about the picture of perfection.

As much as I love his breeding (by Kingmambo— Mr. Prospector x Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Miesque— out of a Sadlers Wells mare), he does have quite a bit of inbreeding. Can’t win them all…

As a primer for my critique on Verrazano later today, here is an example of a horse I think is [surprisingly, unknowingly] beautiful and has very good conformation: Court Vision, who we all know bested Goldikova and Turallure in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

As a primer for my critique on Verrazano later today, here is an example of a horse I think is [surprisingly, unknowingly] beautiful and has very good conformation: Court Vision, who we all know bested Goldikova and Turallure in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Even the Score

Even the Score

Macho Uno (Photo by Adena Springs)

Macho Uno (Photo by Adena Springs)

Tale of Ekati: Champion miler at 2 & 3 by distance-getter Tale of the Cat and out of a Sunday Silence daughter who happens to be a half to Filly Triple Crown winner Sky Beauty (making him a cousin of Violence). Might be a good sire…

Tale of Ekati: Champion miler at 2 & 3 by distance-getter Tale of the Cat and out of a Sunday Silence daughter who happens to be a half to Filly Triple Crown winner Sky Beauty (making him a cousin of Violence). Might be a good sire…

War Front (Photo by Sarah K Andrew)

War Front (Photo by Sarah K Andrew)

Big Drama (Photo by Woodford Stallions LLC)

Big Drama (Photo by Woodford Stallions LLC)

Rockport Harbor at Darley (Photo by Jessica M/Mariasmon)

Rockport Harbor at Darley (Photo by Jessica M/Mariasmon)

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