I remember back in the early 1980's. I was a kid and the family stable had a nice little horse. He was a son of Most Happy Fella and he was racing locally here in Toronto. He won a few races, including a 3YO Open against some really good competition. We brought the horse to a stakes race at Roosevelt Raceway. I scanned the papers, and the tip sheets and no one picked him. A few of the comments were "he was good up there, but he will have to prove himself down here".
I read a few things like that on Somebeach's trip to the US. It made me laugh a little bit. I mean, the horse is an absolute monster. He could race on the moon and be a monster.
Anyway, he certainly proved what many folks knew after the Metro Pace elimination way back last August. He was sensational.
Video is here, and a story as well at Standardbred Canada. If you have not seen the race, take a look.
In the second elim I was really happy for Share the Delight. We touted him in the NA Cup elims and have always been a fan of the little guy. He is small, but has a huge engine. He can get a slice next week, no doubt about that. I was also happy for the owners. Read part-owner Andrew's awesome blog post before the race today. It's impossible to not be joyful with them tonight.
In the last elim it was nice to see another horse get some redemption. Sand Shooter has had his share of difficulties, but he is quality, and he deserves to show it. I thought he dug in like a good horse should, off an absolutely torturous first half.
Of course, on paper next week it is completely academic. But it is a horse race. And as we all know, anything can happen in a horse race. It is why we are fans.
And it is hard not to be a fan at this moment in time. We are obviously all part of something special.