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Sir Barton


The Sudden Passing of "The Silver Bullet" · 10:44pm Tuesday

'Arrogate' Image courtesy of Blood Horse Magazine

At a time of year I'm usually blogging about the American Classic races of the Triple Crown.
Well their timing is off this year, as is the untimely passing from an unknown illness of the young stallion Arrogate, at age seven.

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Wow. Beautiful and incredibly accurate description of both. You're going to make me cry!
I just remember my racing friend telling me about his heart a while ago... I never followed up on it. You learn something new every day!
Like I said, I'm more into dressage and the eventing classes... but even there I can't keep up all the time. Can barely keep up with my own horse. :rainbowlaugh:

Secretariat's 'cousin' Sham (both horses have Princequillo as dam-sire), holds the record for largest measured heart for a horse at 18 pounds. The same Veterinarian, Dr. Thomas Swerczek, conducted the necropsies on both horses, and though Red's heart was never officially measured, when asked how Secretariat's compared, he simply said 'Bigger'. (Estimate c.20 pounds)

Regarding Secretariat, I wrote this a while ago;

"Every once, in a very long while, there comes a horse, a very special horse, a True Born Heir to Pegasus himself, the embodiment of an ancestor more than two centuries his senior, a flash of burnished copper glinting in the sun, who's speed, strength, and charisma capture the public's imagination like no other. Secretariat was that kind of horse, the kind that comes along just once ... in an Eclipse."

And for Sham;

"Sleep the sleep of Heroes sweet boy ...
For your opponent was less near to merely mortal
And closer to becoming a God."

Ah, I see. Yeah, Staccato's a special case. Otherwise, I definitely couldn't keep him.
He's a good spirit animal to have :twilightsmile: Wasn't his heart.. twice the size of a "normal" horse? I feel that may be both figurative and literal, based on his track record...

No, unfortunately I don't have an OTTB, or any horse (lack of space and bits), but I do support Final Furlong the local charity group for OTTB's.

Red is my 'Spirit Animal' of sorts, the reason is located in the Blog post, 'Birthdays'.

Oh, you're going to regret saying that :rainbowlaugh:
And Sir Barton was an amazing horse! Personally, I prefer Secretariat, but no one could replace the first triple crown winner. (Although Secretariat was a champion in his own right :scootangel:)
I'm more of an eventing fan, but the good ol' thoroughbreds racing about are pretty spectacular to watch. (I even included Gift Box in my latest blog post... what a gorgeous fella)
Have you adopted an OTTB? I don't think I've ever worked with one, but I'm all for the rehoming and adopting. They don't get enough recognition these days.

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