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Friday, 08 June 2012

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At least I'll Have Another's owners have enough respect for the animal (even if this is respect for it's value of his future progeny) not to risk it by running him.

It adds to the mystique of the triple too, enhances the air of unattainability, and confirming the greatness of the horses that have managed it.

Voltz

But don't be too sad. Now he gets to settle down to his main job, making love to pretty lady horses for the rest of his life.

Mike

There must be a lot of people like me that were going out to Belmont Park that won't now. The whole story sounds fishy.

I'm sure he's injured. His price as a stud would have skyrocketed if he had won the Triple Crown. On the other hand, if he broke down and had to be euthanized he would have been worthless at stud. I don't think I could take another Barbaro and neither could the public who only knows about 3 horse races a year.

I'm glad his owners decided to go with the safe choice, which was both the humane choice and the best business decision.

Mike, I'm sure you realize the more likely future for him is the equivalent of going into a small room with a magazine of scantily clad fillies. But with help from a human. I'm sure Eolake can explain further...

Personally, it's something I consider the definitive 'me time' activity. I prefer no help.

Patrick

"There Will Be No Triple Crown This Year"

Oh yes there was Mike, and there will be again very early next year. There's been a Triple Crown going since 1883. You must be thinking of the local American horse racing event, instead of the annual clash between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in international Rugby Union.

I need at this point to insert a completely gratuitous image to reflect that just once (it's enough, unlikely to be repeated too often) England had the World Champions Rugby Union team: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01451/martin-johnson-rwc_1451894c.jpg

I have no doubt that some of the Antipodean and South African TOP family will point out that they've won it more than England have, which is true, if depressing. Still, it's a World Championship, in a way that the World Series of Baseball isn't really.

;)

"There's been a Triple Crown going since 1883. You must be thinking of the local American horse racing event, instead of the annual clash between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in international Rugby Union."

James B,
What's "rugby"?

[g,d&r],

Mike

It's time this "sport" be banned.

Mike, "rugby" is a form of football played by people who can't afford the proper protective equipment!

Dean,
Regulated, yes, banned, no. This incident was handled 100% responsibly according to everything I've read.

Mike

David D-B,

delete "can't afford" and insert "don't need" in your comment, and I'm right with you.

Mike, I'm slightly concerned that you are not holding up your end of our deal on me supporting the Green Bay Packers, and you - and by extension TOP as a global mega-corporation - supporting the English Rugby team. It is probably why the Springboks beat us today: not enough cheering (or satellite subscription) from Waukesha, WI.

As for me, I have learned 3 interesting facts about the Green Bay Packers in my quest to be their number one fan in Cambridgeshire:

1. Russ Letlow was the Packers first ever draft choice, in 1936.
2. Vince Lombardi has some form of legendary status as a coach.
3. No other team has won more NFL Championships than the Packers in the 20th Century, with 12. They lead the Chicago Bears (9), and the SF 49ERS and Dallas Cowboys on 5 each.

Please no one ask me of the significance of these facts - internet research is hard enough as it is, let alone understanding context. I only offer them as an indication of England's support for the Packers, and in some disappointment that TOP's end of the bargain for mutual support of the England Rugby team appears to be "what's rugby?"

Patrick wrote:
"Mike, I'm sure you realize the more likely future for him is the equivalent of going into a small room with a magazine of scantily clad fillies. But with help from a human. I'm sure Eolake can explain further..."

Thoroughbred studbooks require that actual horse-to-horse shennanigans are required for the subsequent foal to be registered as a thoroughbred (and hence possibly become a racehorse). Although the breeding process is hghly managed and controlled, the boys do meet the girls.

Not fishy at all ... I understand cynicism, but quite frankly cynicism is a bit overdone in this case. Mr. Reddam isn't a cynical owner.

Hah! Three race in a row... Is that all? Black Caviar (a local hero) has just landed in the UK after winning 20 straight here in Oz. supposedly the best horse in the world now and possibly one of the greatest of all time.

She's running at Ascot this month if you can get some decent odds.

Gordon

"Mike, I'm slightly concerned that you are not holding up your end of our deal on me supporting the Green Bay Packers, and you - and by extension TOP as a global mega-corporation - supporting the English Rugby team."

See, but that's kind of no fair. Because you never explained to me if I should be supporting the England national rugby union team, or the England national rugby league team. The Wikipedia entries for both say "Not to be confused with...," but too late, because I was already confused by the time I read that.

--Mike, the slacker "England national rugby [blank] team" fan

Mike, Mike, Mike...

It's quite simple. Rugby Union = the proper game. Rugby League = not the proper game, but still good to watch.

This is a long way from photography, but the distinction between the two games is (to me) very interesting, and also tied up with modern social development. In essence, it was a split in between clubs who wished to keep an amateur status and those who wished to allow for professional status, and as such, also reflected a geographical and social split in the UK: professional club players mostly in the north, and amateur club players mostly in the south. Of course, everything is now professional in both codes of the game. It was mirrored in Australia, and to a lesser extent in New Zealand. I don't know about South Africa. Just those country names also tells you about Rugby's status as a game of the British Empire (back in the days when it was acceptable for a country to have an empire, and also the last time that Britain actually had a global presence that we could call an Empire with a capital E).

After the split in about 1900, the rules diverged. Union retained an amateur ethos until the 1980s, League was unashamedly professional from about 1910. A bit "Gentlemen" versus "Players", which cricket also had but without forming two rival organisations.

All of this makes me realise that your various American leagues for baseball, football, etc (including such titles as "Conference", which doesn't strike me as very interesting for a sporting league) are just as mutually incomprehensible to me as Rugby's split must be to you.

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