Of course, today’s post title was the name of a famous thoroughbred horse. Today’s title is also what the sport of thoroughbred racing will have to do after yet another equine death at Santa Anita, site of this year’s Breeders Cup races.
The injury to Mongolian Groom, which necessitated the horse be euthanized, happened on the last and most prestigious race of the Breeders Cup, the Classic. Almost 40 horses have died at Santa Anita, near Los Angeles, since last December.
Officials at Santa Anita took extra precaution during the Breeders Cup with horses undergoing additional examinations that led to some horses being scratched that might not otherwise have been. Still, tragedy occurred and, let’s be honest, during the race with the most scrutiny.
I am a fan of thoroughbred racing. My father’s gas station was so close to Pimlico you could hear the track announcer. I used to have partial ownership of a thoroughbred. However, the situation at Santa Anita needs a thorough investigation, which could necessitate no racing there until answers are found.
On a lighter note…congratulations to the owners, jockey and other crew for Vino Rosso, the horse that won the Breeders Cup Classic. The Classic has become just as important as any of the Triple Crown races, if not more so.
However, the real star of the Breeders Cup coverage, in my opinion, was Britney Eurton. She is a host on TVG (the horse racing channel) and on NBC Sports covering horse racing. Her father, Peter, is a successful trainer and one of his charges won a Breeders Cup race this year.
She is a beautiful woman with tremendous poise in front of the camera. Her knowledge of the sport allows her to ask insightful questions, often on the fly, but she is respectful of her guests. OK, I guess I’ll show her picture:
From imdb.com a photo of Britney Eurton.
Speaking of beauty, on this day in 1966 the original Maserati Ghibli made its debut at the Turin Auto Show. Without further ado:
From wsupercars.com a picture of the original edition Maserati Ghibli. I must admit that I consider it a sacrilege that Maserati has put the name “Ghibli” on at least two four-door sedans, including one currently offered.
The “real” Ghibli was drawn by now legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, then working for Ghia. Originally, the car was powered by a 4.7 liter/288 cubic-inch V-8 producing 306 HP/305 LB-FT of torque. The standard transmission was a 5-speed ZF manual with a 3-speed automatic as an option.
A quick search of Hemmings for 1967-69 Ghiblis returned six available cars, only three of which had asking prices shown (the other three read “Inquire”) and the lowest listed price was $100,000.
When I was a teenager I thought the original Ghibli was one of the most beautiful cars ever made. I still think it’s quite stunning.
After having posted every day for over a month, I am going to take a break that will probably last 2-3 days. Besides the “Main” page and the About page, here are the five most-read posts so far this year, so you can catch up:
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