I always thought With Anticipation was a bit of an overachiever. To be sure, he does have some nice names in his pedigree, but I just don't think you would expect a son of Relaunch out of Fran's Valentine to accomplish what he did.
I will go to my grave believing that With Anticipation was robbed of the Eclipse Award in 2002. He was only beaten a half-length by High Chaparral in the BC Turf in that one's ONLY North American start.......after winning the Man O'War, Sword Dancer, and United Nations with seconds in both the Turf Classic and the Woodford Reserve. It was an absolute travesty as far as I was concerned!
I actually shocks me, though, that the real overachiever....maybe the best in the last 25 years....hasn't even been mentioned yet on this thread. His name is Snow Chief, and here's his pedigree:
I defy anyone to look at that pedigree and think it's possible that it could produce a horse that could win 6 GI races over the ages of 2, 3, & 4, become an American Classic winner, garner the Eclipse Award for Champion 3yo Colt, and earn over $3.3M back when that was a truly serious chunk of change......and he never even competed in the Breeders Cup!
People talk about how AP Indy ran with his head down. AP Indy must have taken lessons from Snow Chief! Here's his win in the 1986 Santa Anita Derby (partial):
What is it about single-toed ungulates running around an oval for approximately 90 seconds that inspires people to bet billions of dollars and devote their entire lives to the activity?
Second of June was bought at OBS for $7500 and went on to win over $500k, while being G1-placed. he should've been a G1 winner, if only he had managed to stay sound.
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Dan Patch and Black Gold. And Funny Cide.
Amongst the Cal breds now, I'd probably put Caracortado on that list.
And my goodness, we forgot Tiznow.
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