Standout Losing Efforts

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Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:41 pm

What are some losing races, but for whatever reason(s) those races have either always or have come over time to stand out for you personally?

Stuff like Charismatic's Belmont, Carson Hollow's Test, and Zenyatta's 2010 Classic are assumed, naturally.

For me, there are two that often come to mind, and I know there are more that I'm forgetting.

1. Buck's Boy, 1999 BC Turf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bTpE1TBeo8
This guy whips out three sub-24 quarters to start, and then they let him get away with a 25 and change fourth quarter, which I'm sure is the reason he stuck around at the end. I also have IL-bred loyalty factoring in here.

2. Albert the Great, 2001 BC Classic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0QqdYJeCts
I remember him being essentially written off after his colossal failure as the favorite in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in his previous start. Here he gets stuck in a pointless speed duel with Orientate before that one explained to Lukas that his true calling was sprinting, but keeps going on to be the only one remotely close to Tiznow and Sakhee at the end.

I've also always thought Azeri's effort in the 2004 Classic was better than she should have done considering she was past her prime and stuck on the rail which was never a comfortable spot for her. All that and the only horses to finish in front of her were arguably the four best dirt horses in the world at the time.
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:57 pm

I thought Chrome getting his ankle torn open at the start of the 2014 Belmont but still managing to run a close fourth was impressive.
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Seattle Slew in the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup. He sprinted for the full mile and a half, battled a fresh Exceller all through the stretch and only lost by a nose. A stride after the wire, he was in front again.

Bill Shoemaker, who rode Exceller, said after the race, “When I hit the stretch I thought I had it won by 10 lengths. Because horses can’t do what Slew just did.”
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1989 BC Classic - the one and only Easy Goer.
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:30 pm

I'm sure I will think of more later, but the one that came to mind right away was Carson Hollow in the Test Stakes. She dueled with eventual winner You for the length of the stretch, after setting dazzling fractions of 21:3 and 44:1, to lose by mere inches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCuJjhBBCSs
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Equipoise wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:01 pm
Seattle Slew in the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup. He sprinted for the full mile and a half, battled a fresh Exceller all through the stretch and only lost by a nose. A stride after the wire, he was in front again.

Bill Shoemaker, who rode Exceller, said after the race, “When I hit the stretch I thought I had it won by 10 lengths. Because horses can’t do what Slew just did.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZVKt2aA9jg
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:47 am

Katmandu, you beat me to it with Presious Passion's extraordinary effort in the BC Turf! Thank you for that link.
I loved that big, headstrong chestnut, and he made two-time winner Conduit get down on his belly to get by him.
I hope PP is belly-deep in good grass now and enjoying a long, happy retirement. :mrgreen:
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:07 am

1994 BC Juvenile Fillies and 2016 BC Distaff had really good finishes, standout efforts from all involved. Another that sticks out to me is Kitten's Joy's BC Turf, I really think he would have won.
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:26 am

Being that they’re in it to win it, losses don’t do much for me except for handicapping purposes. A particular standout though, would be the 1938 Santa Anita Handicap. Seabiscuit was broadsided and mugged coming out of the gate. He had to sprint the better part of the race and then engaged in a head to head battle with Stagehand, to whom he was giving 30 lbs., before succumbing by the barest of margins. That was a tough beat.
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Izvestia wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:06 pm
1989 BC Classic - the one and only Easy Goer.
^^ This..... always this. 3 strides past the wire..... *sigh.
If wait all Day had left him a little less work to do...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ii3uxsveFk
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:08 pm

Considering her legions of fans across the country, Zenyatta v. Blame could've had a much better result.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZwSsr8H4Ps
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:43 pm

Retrospectiv wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:24 pm
Izvestia wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:06 pm
1989 BC Classic - the one and only Easy Goer.
^^ This..... always this. 3 strides past the wire..... *sigh.
If wait all Day had left him a little less work to do...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ii3uxsveFk
This^^^ Switch the jockeys and Easy Goer would have won by daylight. In the Preakness, too.
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ThreeMustangs wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:43 pm
Retrospectiv wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:24 pm
Izvestia wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:06 pm
1989 BC Classic - the one and only Easy Goer.
^^ This..... always this. 3 strides past the wire..... *sigh.
If wait all Day had left him a little less work to do...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ii3uxsveFk
This^^^ Switch the jockeys and Easy Goer would have won by daylight. In the Preakness, too.
I have always thought that Sunday Silence was more athletic—not that Easy Goer was a klutz—and Easy Goer had trouble containing him on the turns. I think both those guys were really tough to excel with their various physical problems. On most track configurations though, Sunday Silence would be the better horse, he was just so freakin’ agile.
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:08 pm

Congaree and Milwaukee Brew were both winners in the 2003 Santa Anita Handicap https://youtu.be/daiO6JIKtyk

And probably the most respectable loser (in my eyes) in the 2010 Vanity Handicap. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the stretch run for this one.
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Mylute wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:57 pm
I thought Chrome getting his ankle torn open at the start of the 2014 Belmont but still managing to run a close fourth was impressive.
That and his last BC race. I mean if Arrogate isn't there he wins with one of the largest win margins, and it took Arrogate every bit of that stretch to catch him.

Can't forget Alydar's Belmont. He just kept coming back, Affirmed was just as gutsy in that one as well.
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Real Quiet nailed by Victory Gallop in 1998 Belmont. This one will stick with me until the day I'm planted. Losing the Triple Crown is one thing, losing it by an inch or two is heartbreaking. Durkin has always been my favorite race caller, but I truly believe that Dave Johnson trumped him on that day. His call beginning at about 2:15 will always be, for me, as exciting as it gets. Still feel bad for the "fish".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLV7xZPwvM0

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Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:25 pm

Red Cadeaux in the 2011 Melbourne Cup beaten by a whisker

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Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:28 pm

katmandu wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:44 am
2009 Breeders Cup Turf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZssM4HPd9OU
The first one that came to my mind as well. I was screaming for the quirky underdog, but the blah Euro won again and instantly killed the crowd's buzz.
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:44 am

For me it will always be Seattle Slew in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. That was an insane performance that he delivered there.

Zenyatta's BC when she lost to Blame was a standout for me too.
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