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Own the first book ever written on the life of Sham
, the valiant horse that challenged Secretariat, titled: SHAM, IN THE SHADOW OF A SUPERHORSE©2007
by Mary Walsh. And Sham's first Children's book Sham's Dream©2011, written and illustrated by Mary Walsh
Order now at Amazon and eBay. Now available in electronic form at Amazon.
READ ABOUT SHAM'S GALLANT EFFORT IN THE 1973 KENTUCKY DERBY and his greatest unofficial record that still stands today: "Running the second fastest Kentucky Derby in history."
AND SHAM'S LATEST VICTORY (39 YEARS LATER...) "Setting the second fastest Preakness Stakes record - which was tied in 1985 by Tank's Prospect, in 1996 by Louis Quatorze, and in 2007 by Curlin. Both The New York Times and The Blood Horse explain Secretariat's now confirmed official stakes record of 1:53 - allotting Sham the unofficial record of 1:53 2/5 for 1973.
Read excerpts from Sham, In the Shadow of a Superhorse
Magazine - 2007 October issue Sham
Did you know Sham was 16.2hh? He was a big horse with a big heart - more than twice the size of the average horse's 8.5 or 9 pound heart.
To clear up any confusion on this matter, Dr. Thomas Swerczek recently advised me that: "The weight of Sham's heart was 19 pounds. Sham's heart was the second largest heart I (Dr. Swerczek) have seen in a Thoroughbred race horse."
Tell me what you think about Sham and Secretariat in the Secretariat movie - visit my blog at Sham and Secretariat.
Sham and Secretariat:
Back in 1973:
Watch Sham in action
(race video), and the trouble Twice a Prince
(race video) causes prior to the 1973 Kentucky Derby. See what Penny Chenery
(video) has to say about Secretariat and Sham. Pictures and stories about race horse Sham and his jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. - click About Racehorse Sham
page. Read Steve Haskin's blog on Sham
The 2016 Triple Crown Challenge:
2016 Sham Stakes Race:
On January 9, 2016, Collected won the Sham under jockey, Martin Garcia, in 1:38. Check out the Video/Story
2016 Santa Anita Derby Race:
April 9, 2016, Exaggerator with Kent Desormeaux up, took the Derby in 1:49.66. If you missed it, watch it here Video/Story
2016 Kentucky Derby Race:
The race everyone waits for was run on May 7, 2016. The favorite, Nyquist, with Mario Gutierrez aboard, won in 2:01.31 which was almost 2 seconds faster than American Pharoah's 2015 win, and almost 3.5 seconds slower than Sham and Secretariat's duel. Video/Story.
2016 Preakness Stakes Race:
Exaggerator was the victor in 1:58.31, and Kent Desormeaux says he's ready for the Belmont after his colt's easy victory in the mud! Video/Story
2016 Belmont Stakes Race:
For the June 11, 2016 Belmont, Creator with Irad Ortiz Jr. up won the race in
The 2015 Triple Crown WINNER!!!!!!:
2015 Sham Stakes Race:
On January 10, 2015, Calculator with jockey Elvis Trujillo aboard, won the Sham Stakes race in 1:34.88 by 4 1/4 lengths. Video
2015 Santa Anita Derby Race:
Saturday, April 4. Dortmund raced to victory with Martin Garcia in 1:48.73 but didn't break Sham's tied record of 1:47. video/story
2015 Kentucky Derby Race:
On May 2, 2015, American Pharoah won the race with Victor Espinoza aboard. The time was 2:03.02 which leaves Secretariat and Sham's records untouched for another year! Results
2015 Preakness Stakes Race:
Here's another year that there's a chance for a Triple Crown winner as American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza won the Preakness on May 16! Time was slow 1:58.45 undoubtedly due to a downpour of rain. It proved American Pharoah is a mudder as he left the field 7 lengths behind. video/story
2015 Belmont Stakes Race:
June 6, 2015 was "History in the making" as American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza won the Belmont Stakes race by 5 1/2 lengths in 2:26.65! American Pharoah breaks the Triple Crown drought since 1978 to become the 12th Triple Crown Winner! CONGRATULATIONS! Video
2015 Haskell Invitational Race:
August 2, American Pharoah with Victor Espinoza up won the Haskell Invitational in 1:47.95 with Keen Ice second. Video/story
2015 Travers Stakes Race:
August 29, American Pharoah finished second behind Keen Ice, only his second loss in eleven starts. Video/story
2015 Breeders Cup Classic Race:
October 31, American Pharoah proved himself a champion in his final race and retired on a win by placing first in the Breeders Cup Classic! His fans were thrilled and cheered him on with thunderous applause. Watch it again - video/story
The 2015 Triple Crown Retires
November 2, 2015, American Pharoah retired to stud at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Grand Slam's former stall. Congratulations American Pharoah! Story
The 2014 Triple Crown Challenge:
2014 Sham Stakes Race:
On Saturday, January 11, only four horses entered the starting gates. Midnight Hawk won the Sham Stakes race in 1:36.48 under Mike Smith. If you missed it, check out the video here
2014 Santa Anita Derby Race:
Saturday April 5 was a winning day for California Chrome with Victor Espinoza up. Time was 1:47.52 which means Sham still holds his fast 1973 tied (with Lucky Debonair and Indian Charlie) record of 1:47. Watch the VIDEO
2014 Kentucky Derby Race:
California Chrome proved to be a great favorite and won the Kentucky Derby in 2:03.66 under Victor Espinoza on May 3 before 164,906 - the second largest crowd in Kentucky Derby history Video/Story
. The time factor keeps Sham and Secretariat's fastest Kentucky Derby records holding strong another year!
2014 Preakness Stakes Race:
California Chrome and Victor Espinoza took the second jewel of the Triple Crown by winning the Preakness in 1:54.84 on May 17. Video/Story
. Hope we have a Triple Crown winner this year! Secretariat still holds the record for the Preakness at 1:53 (read story above), and Sham is still unofficially tied with Tank's Prospect, Louis Quatorze, and Curlin for second fastest Preakness.
2014 Belmont Stakes Race:
No Triple Crown this year as Tonalist, with Joel Rosario up, beat California Chrome to the finish line on June 7. Time was 2:28.52, leaving Secretariat's Belmont record untouched. Video/Story
The 2013 Triple Crown Challenge:
2013 Sham Stakes Race:
Goldencents was the horse that won the Sham Stakes on Saturday, January 5 at Santa Anita. He finished the race in 1:36.50 with Kevin Krigger aboard. (Story/Video)
2013 Santa Anita Derby Race:
Once again Goldencents wins in California under Kevin Krigger on April 6. Sham still holds his tied record for the Santa Anita Derby of 1:47 as Goldencents' time was 1:48.76. Goldencents is slated for the Kentucky Derby. (Story/video)
2013 Kentucky Derby Race:
May 4, 2013 proved to be a sloppy track but that didn't bother Orb one bit, winning the Derby in 2:02.89 with Joel Rosario aboard. Story/Video
. Secretariat and Sham remain the first and second fastest Kentucky Derby horses.
2013 Preakness Stakes Race:
Jockey Gary Stevens won the Preakness on Oxbow in 1:57.54, leaving Secretariat's record time of 1:53 and Sham's unofficial time of 1:53 2/5 intact. Video/story
2013 Belmont Stakes Race:
Palace Malice with Mike Smith up, took the Belmont from Oxbow and Orb in 2:30.70 video/story
The 2012 Triple Crown Challenge:
2012 Sham Stakes Race:
Saturday, January 9 -
Out of Bounds, a 10-1 shot with Garrett Gomez aboard beat the favorite, Secret Circle, in this year's 1-mile Sham Stakes. It was the first Kentucky Derby prep race of the season. (USA Today story) (Blood Horse story/video).
2012 Santa Anita Derby Race:
Run Saturday, April 7 was won by I'll Have Another with jockey Mario Gutierrez up Video/Story
. He covered the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:47.88, so Sham keeps his tied 1:47 flat record intact for yet another year. Great Horse that Sham!
2012 Kentucky Derby Race:
On May 5, I'll Have Another with jockey Mario Gutierrez won the Kentucky Derby in 2:01.83, SO SHAM'S UNOFFICIAL SECOND FASTEST KENTUCKY DERBY ONCE AGAIN STANDS FOR ANOTHER YEAR. If you missed it, here's the story/video
2012 Preakness Stakes Race:
On May 19, I'll Have Another beat Bodemeister for a second time. First the Kentucky Derby and now the Preakness video/story
. Remind anyone of Secretariat and Sham in 1973?
2012 Belmont Stakes Race:
On June 8 I'll Have Another was scratched
because of tendinitis. Union Rags was the winner of the June 9 Belmont Stakes race with John Velazquez aboard video/story
. I'll Have Another has been retired from racing.
2012 Breeder's Cup Races:
If you missed the races on November 4 and 5, check out the photos at The Blood Horse, they're on sale now
The 2011 Triple Crown Challenge:
2011 Sham Stakes Race:
This year the Sham Stakes
race was run on Saturday, January 15. Racehorse Tapizar won the race under jockey Garrett Gomez story/video
2011 Santa Anita Derby Race:
On April 9, Midnight Interlude with jockey Victor Espinoza up won the Santa Anita Derby race. His time was 1:48.66, which leaves Sham's tied record of 1:47 intact for another year! (video/story). The Wood Memorial was run the same day this year and track announcer, Tom Durkin, said Uncle Mo's third place finish was "the most shocking defeat in the Wood since Secretariat himself." (Wood video/story)
2011 Kentucky Derby Race:
Click the link if you missed the May 7 2011 Kentucky Derby race. Animal Kingdom with jockey John Velazquez up won in 2:02.04, and SHAM HOLDS HIS UNOFFICIAL TITLE AS SECOND FASTEST KENTUCKY DERBY HORSE IN HISTORY FOR ANOTHER YEAR.
2011 Preakness Stakes Race:
Shackleford wins the Preakness race with jockey Jesus Castanon up, beating Animal Kingdom by a half-length. Click the Preakness link above to watch the video if you missed the race.
2011 Belmont Stakes Race:
This year the date for the Belmont Stakes race is June 11, 2011. Looks like Animal Kingdom will challenge Shackleford in the Belmont to prove which horse is number one! Check out what The Blood Horse bloggers are saying about the horses. Belmont shocker: Long shot Ruler On Ice with jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. up, won the Belmont on a muddy track story/video.
Walt Disney movie "Secretariat," scheduled to be released October 8, 2010.
Watch the Secretariat movie - first trailer (video) and Secretariat movie - second trailer (video).
2010 will be the year to release Secretariat: The Walt Disney Movie. Check out the story, and some race photos from the movie. Strange they don't mention Sham's name in the write-up, but he's prominent in the photos (the horse in green and gold silks running a close second to Secretariat). Time to read about the rivalry between Sham and Secretariat, their owners, trainers and jockeys. Filming in Kentucky. Penny Chenery 2009 Secretariat movie (video) about filming of Secretariat and Sham. Steve Haskin blog on movie about Secretariat and Sham, also, pictures of Secretariat and Riva Ridge.
More Horse Movies to Get You Out of The Starting Gate, by Scott Bowles, USA Today. This article also includes 4 horse films to be released in 2011.
The 2010 Triple Crown Challenge:
2010 Sham Stakes Race:
This year the 1 1/8 mile Sham Stakes race was rained out on Saturday, February 27 at Santa Anita Park, CA, and rescheduled for Saturday March 6. Check out the horses here.
Alphie's Bet won the Sham Stakes on March 6 by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:48.72 under jockey Alex Solis.
Get an early look at some of the horses on the 2010 Kentucky Derby trail.
2010 Santa Anita Derby Race:
For the 1 1/8 mile Santa Anita Derby race run Saturday, April 3, the second favorite, Sidney's Candy, won in 1:48 (Story/Video). That means Sham's 1973 win that tied the stakes record of 1:47 set by Lucky Debonair in 1965 (and duplicated by Indian Charlie in 1998) still stands today!
2010 Kentucky Derby Race:
Looks like Sham's unofficial record for the second-fastest race time in the history of the Kentucky Derby remains intact once again! On May 1, jockey Calvin Borel brought Super Saver home in 2:04.45. If you missed it, check out the race video and story here.
2010 Preakness Stakes Race:
On May 15 Lookin At Lucky with jockey Martin Garcia up won the Preakness (story/video) in 1:55.47, which keeps Secrerariat's controversial record of 1:53 2/5 untarnished (Sham was right behind him in this race - identical to the Kentucky Derby).
2010 Belmont Stakes Race:
With both Super Saver and Lookin At Lucky passing up their chance at winning the Belmont race, Drosselmeyer with jockey Mike Smith up, won this year's race on June 5 in 2:31.57. Video/story.
Zenyatta and Ruffian:
Did you miss my article about the legendary "Queen of Racing" horse
? Read it now:
Ruffian Comes to the Screen, by Mary Walsh
Magazine - 2007 June issue Ruffian
2010 Horse of The Year Eclipse Award goes to Zenyatta! Pictures here.
2010 race horse Queen: Zenyatta
Could there ever be another mare to rival Ruffian? I don't think so. However, at 6 years old the mare Zenyatta is breaking race records of her own. I was fortunate enough to be at Hollywood Park, CA, on October 2 watching Zenyatta swoop down the homestretch to win the Lady's Secret Stakes race under jockey Mike Smith. That excitement was truly the thrill of a lifetime. Apparently Penny Chenery was also present in that cheering crowd. If you missed it, check out the story and video here
Looks like Zenyatta is pointed toward the Breeder's Cup Classic
race on November 6, 2010.
Even though Zenyatta lost the Classic to Blame
(video/story), she proved herself a Champion with 19 wins and 1 second against the boys that was so close a viewer said "...she could have won had she stuck out her tongue." She certainly deserves a wonderful retirement for her terrific efforts, and perhaps, Horse of the Year honors for 2010.
The Blood Horse is honoring Zenyatta with a special Commemorative Collector's Issue in their November race magazine. For nonsubscribers to The Blood Horse, click here
for more information on obtaining Zenyatta's Commemorative.
Race Horse Zenyatta now retired.
Retirement Ceremony at Hollywood Park Dec. 5/10
Retired at Lane’s End Farm Dec. 6/10
First led to paddock Dec. 9/10 Versailles, KY
Zenyatta in foal to Bernardini.
Zenyatta's little dark bay colt was born on March 8, 2012, in Lexington, KY. Read the happy horse story!