Wednesday, February 5, 2014

HRN: Farewell, General Challenge

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Farewell, General Challenge

On the afternoon of the final day of October 2012, the excitement was nearly tangible as dozens of the world’s best racehorses prepared for that weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. Fans and media flocked to see top contenders schooling in the paddock beneath the California sun, Breeders’ Cup decorations abundant at the Great Race Place.

Meanwhile, a large chestnut gelding stood within a small paddock, staring off into the distance of the foothills of the Laguna Mountains less than 150 miles to the southeast. On the nameplate of his halter read the name General Challenge. Thirteen years earlier, he had competed in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. While he did not find success that day, General Challenge had certainly had a racing career to remember. . ."

Click here to read the rest of my newest Horse Racing Nation article.

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