Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Great John Henry

"Twenty-five years after legendary John Henry became the first two-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Santa Anita will mark the occasion by honoring the great gelding, along with retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., who rode John Henry to his first Big ‘Cap victory in 1981".Bloodhorse

Now 32 years old, John Henry continues to live at the Lexington Horse Park, where he welcomes visitors, and reminds racing fans of all that is good about racing. On March 10, 2006 I had a post Thank Goodness You Were Gelded. I know the title is silly, but it is true. John Henry was winning graded stakes during his 9 year old campaign. Today, even the geldings are retired early.

There will never be another John Henry, but I hope some horses try!

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