Click above to watch Cape Blanco winning the Arlington Million (G1)…
(Image : ESPN - Footage : Arlington)
16 January 2012
The piece we penned on America’s Eclipse Awards earlier this week missed an important point. We pointed to the fact that two of the award winners had Summerhill connections, Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, Animal Kingdom, and the Champion Breeders, Adena Springs. The ink was scarcely dry, and we were reminded of the connection of our long-time supporters, Dr. Jim and Fitri Hay, who were major stakeholders in Cape Blanco, without question, the most extraordinary of those that stepped up to the podium Tuesday evening.
This son of Galileo did what no other thoroughbred has ever done: he crossed the Atlantic three times for three Group One victories, landing the July 9th Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont, a month later he took the Arlington Million on August 13th, then followed up as the 3-5 favourite in the Joe Hirsch Classic: Quite extraordinary and some tribute to the toughness this man, and to this fellow, let’s not forget, of Galileo, sire of our own Horse Of The Year, Igugu, a graduate of the Summerhill Ready To Run consignment in 2009.