The 10 most intriguing horses of 2009 from around the globe

10 thoughts on “The 10 most intriguing horses of 2009 from around the globe”

  1. Summer Bird: Won Belmont in just his 5th start, then Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup to become the first horse in 20 years to win all 3, and one of a select few ever.

  2. thanks for the recommendation, rachel; i tried to keep it to horses that were icons in their respective countries, too. perhaps summer bird will become that iconic superstar this year, but last year he had to take a seat behind zenyatta and rachel. no doubt, he’s intriguing.

  3. Goldikova’s accomplishments really put into high relief the incredible quality of Zarkava. In future years it looks like there may be quite the debate on who might have been better — Zarkava or Sea the Stars. I’m looking forward to the “chosen foal” of 2011.

    It’s too bad Set Alight went wrong and had to be retired; she reminds me of the Indian filly Your Majesty (1943).

  4. Susan, funnily enough, “Her Majesty” is the nickname of #9 Bambera, and, yes, too bad that Set Alight was retired. Amazingly, her trainer, Pesi Shroff, has another exciting 3-year-old filly in Jacqueline, who won the 1,000 Guineas and then came back within a week to beat colts in the 2000 Guineas — and even Set Alight didn’t do that. I understand they are thinking Oaks and Derby for Jacqueline, too.

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