Celebrating Fourth of July Horse Racing Style!

Happy Fourth of July to all of my American friends! Not only is this a day to celebrate the independence of our nation, but often it's a time for us to spend with our loved ones. Whether it be during a family picnic or watching fireworks after the sun goes down, some of us get to spend quality time with those who matter -- the kind of time that can be tough to come by on occasion. I, personally, don't live near my family and closest friends, so after going out for a run, I spent much of my day watching the horses (shocker, I know ;)). While watching, however, I couldn't help but think of some of the more patriotic horse names and moments on this day when we celebrate the red, white, & blue. 

How could you not start a list like this with Constitution, the talented G1 winning son of Tapit who's not only undefeated in three starts, but who stamped himself among the favorites for the Kentucky Derby before injury took him off the Derby Trail? Thankfully, WinStar Farm announced earlier this week that he's back galloping. Hopefully, he progresses nicely and we'll see him back in action soon. 

Looking for a few two-year-olds to add to your stable mail? How about the aptly named Fourth of July, a son of Street Cry out of the Dixieland Band mare Dixie Holiday who is a half to multiple stakes winner Holiday Runner. Bred on the same TrueNicks A-rated cross as Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Fourth of July was sold for $190,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September 2013 sale. Another worth keeping an eye on is Glory a $260,000 Keeneland September 2013 purchase, who is by Tapit out of Ki Maniere, by Sadler's Wells. She's recently began working at Barretts. 

More into pedigrees and family lines? Well, look no further than the legend Man o'War's family line, which includes War Admiral, who in his illustrious career that included a Triple Crown won the Great American Stakes and Stars and Stripes Handicap. War Admiral was the damsire of Hoist the Flag, a dominant two-year-old who unfortunately suffered a catastrophic leg injury before the Gotham. Hoist the Flag was the damsire of multiple G1 winner Personal Flag, as well as, Personal Ensign who on top of her Hall of Fame worthy career was the dam of My Flag and the second dam of Storm Flag Flying

Even this year, we saw runners who were running for a lot more than just a horse race. Take, for example, Uncle Sigh who represented the Wounded Warriors in the Kentucky Derby and Wicked Strong, who was named in honor of those who were tragically lost in the Boston Marathon bombings. 

And at the end of the day, that's what Fourth of July is all about, so while you enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, and a beer (or five...) take a moment to not only think of those who serve our country, but their families, and those who we've unfortunately lost along the way. It's because of their sacrifices that we're able to enjoy the freedoms of which we are so lucky to have, and all to often we take for granted. 

Happy Independence day to you all and before you take in your local fireworks show, here's one of the greatest and most emotional wins in modern American racing, courtesy of the champion Tiznow. 

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