Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Remembering the 2001 Breeders Cup

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One of the most emotional and event-filled Breeders' Cups was the 2001 Breeders Cup Classic at Belmont Park in NY, in which "Tiznow wins one for America".  Steve Haskin did an in-depth account of the drama and the excitement that led up to the event on October 27, 2001. In addition, a couple of days following that terrible event on 9/11, Steve penned a memorable account of what it was like in those dark days immediately following 9/11, "View from the Verrazano".  See links below for both of these articles.
In an international show of support, the horses came from across the globe.  The international contingent included horses from Godolphin and Aidan O'Brien's yard including those from Coolmore, and Juddmonte.  World famous G1 winners in the Classic included Sakhee, the great Galileo, Macho Uno, and of course, Tiznow. The Ballydoyle group alone was believed to be the most valuable contingent of Thoroughbred horses ever shipped (total ins. value over $200Million including Galileo, valued at $65Million).   The European contingent wound up taking home almost $4Million in prize money.

This is one of Steve's longest articles, but well worth settling in and drifting back to that unbelievable, heart-wrenching time in America's history, when our lives changed forever.   When we thought we would never smile again,  a horse by the name of Tiznow pushed away the clouds and brought smiles and pride and hope to a weary nation.

TIZNOW - CHAPTER 2 - Steve Haskin

And, Steve Haskin's reflections in the days following the events of 9/11:  Haskin: View from the Verrazano     Also:  Haskin: Tiznow wins for America

Breeders' Cup 2001 - All races

ESPN:  What a Cup!
Mary Cage: Breeders Cup flashback: Tiznow

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