Top 10 Races of the First Half of 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
It can be argued that horse racing hasn’t seen a more exciting first half of a year than what 2015 has brought. After polling some racing fans on Twitter, we decided to put together a list of the 10 best races in 2015 thus far, along with video of each race.
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#10 Gulfstream Park Handicap
This race had it all: Top flight horses, a grueling pace duel and a flying finish that established Honor Code as one of the top older horses in the country. His last-to-first effort was only to be outdone by his performance in the Met Mile, which you’ll find below.
#9 Arkansas Derby
If American Pharoah had his doubters early in 2015, he silenced most of them with his effort in the Arkansas Derby. His dominant performance at Oaklawn set the stage for the history American Pharoah was about to make in his run for the Triple Crown.
#8 Gold Cup
There’s nothing more exciting than a photo finish, especially in a grade one race. At the wire, only a nose separated winner Hard Aces and runner-up Hoppertunity.
#7 Belmont Oaks
Thirteen horses from all over the country and overseas showed up to take on Lady Eli in the Belmont Oaks. It was supposed to be the undefeated champion filly’s toughest test to date. In the end, Lady Eli made easy work – too easy, in fact – of her rivals. If American Pharoah is the king of racing, Lady Eli would seem to have every right to the title of racing’s queen in 2015.
#6 Metropolitan Handicap
The Met Mile attracted one of the strongest fields of any race this year and again Honor Code stole the show with another freakish acceleration inside the final quarter.
#5 Robert B. Lewis Stakes
The best from the West faced of in a rematch of the Los Alamitos Futurity, pitting Dortmund against Firing Line. Just like in their initial showdown, the pair of three year olds battled all the way to the wire.
#4 San Antonio Stakes
In another memorable “Clash of the Titans,” the San Antonio Stakes brought together 2013 2-year-old champ Shared Belief and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. The long anticipated showdown didn’t disappoint.
#3 Preakness Stakes
Not only did American Pharoah back up his Kentucky Derby win with a dominant victory in the Preakness, he did it on a track that had just been swamped by an epic storm that will forever be tied to this memorable race.
#2 Kentucky Derby
American Pharoah’s toughest test in his Triple Crown run, the Kentucky Derby provided some tense moments for the eventual winner. An extremely gutsy Firing Line made American Pharoah earn the win like never before, battling him all the way to the wire.
#1 Belmont Stakes
The race we had all been waiting for, the result we thought might never come. We got to witness a Triple Crown and American Pharoah pulled it off in style. A month later, most would still be hard pressed to watch the replay without getting goosebumps and tearing up.
Posted by Dan Tordjman, DanonymousRacing.com