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.
Retired at Lane’s End Farm Dec. 6/10
Watch here for my next booksigning event. Hope to see you there!
MEET THE AUTHOR:
Thanks to everyone who came by Champions! Gift Shop before the races on February 28, 2009, at Santa Anita Park. It was my pleasure to talk about the magnificent SHAM with you. It was also wonderful to meet jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. (Sham's jockey - a busy guy who's hard to get a hold of) and leave a signed book for him. Laffit smiled when I mentioned Sham and told me "He [Sham] was a great horse." I have since heard that Laffit was thrilled to receive his copy of SHAM at his book signing on
Unfortunately, I was never successful in my attempts to obtain interview commitments from either Laffit or Frank Martin (Sham's Trainer). Losing to Secretariat must have been devastating as both men had a fierce passion for winning. Laffit's life was in turmoil after the 2003 riding accident that forced his retirement, right around the time I was researching. However, my book greatly benefited from interviews with Viola Sommer (Sham's owner), Penny Chenery (Secretariat's owner), and Butch Simpson and Peter Taaffe (grooms) - in addition to many others who shared their knowledge of Sham's era with me. Thanks to Bill Mochon, Sham's photographer, for stopping by and spending a good part of his day with my husband Gary, and me. My best to Christine Crocker at Champions! Gift Shop for hosting my first book signing. It was a great experience.
Mary Walsh with Bill Mochon at Santa Anita Park
MEET THE AUTHOR:
My best to Amy Baird and Annette Noffz at Horse Connections, Inc. for including my book signing in their October 24, 2009 fund raiser benefiting the Therapeutic Horsemanship and Riding Program. It was such an enjoyable experience knowing all proceeds went to the non-profit group's therapy program for special needs children. Please take a minute to visit their website to see the happiness they bring to the wonderful therapy class kids. It will tug at your heart strings.
MEET THE AUTHOR:
December 5, 2010 book signing on "Pony Rides Day" at Mid-Way, FL. Great to meet everyone who stopped by to talk about the newly released Secretariat movie and the brilliant underdog, SHAM.