Colorado’s Pride and Joy
If someone had told me when I attended the Silver Cup Yearling Sale back in August of 2011 that I would be seeing a future stakes winner at Oaklawn I would have laughed probably. I was there knowing full well that most of the local bred horses weren’t anything really special but being a Smarty Jones fan I really wanted to get photos of the Smarty colt.
While I can’t remember much about the Smarty baby I remember the second highest priced horse in the sale, a nice looking son of First Samurai. Going for around 40,000 while the rest of the sale would bring in a couple of thousand at most. That son of First Samurai would go on to become Get Happy Mister. Who this afternoon won the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn by 2 lengths.
Fast forward to fall of last year I begin to hear the first murmurs of a juvenile colt raced out of our hometown track with quiet a bit of potential. Despite my best efforts I never get around to adding him to my Virtual Stable. And eventually the name slips my mind completely much to my annoyance.
Fast forward again to yesterday afternoon. I am watching the Arkansas Derby undercard when my ears perk up at the words ‘Colorado-bred’. That was unusual, you almost never hear a Colorado-bred at a big track like Oaklawn, I briefly remember the colt I had heard about the previous fall and wonder if it is the same. I hear the name of the big race out here mentioned and pout realizing that I missed my chance to see a possibly really nice colt out hereAs I watch him draw away to win by a couple of lengths I want to smack myself for not attending the big race last fall. Having missed the chance to see him in person I wonder if he will ever be back at Arapahoe.Fast forward to around 7:30. I go from annoyed to excited when I realize that there is a chance that I may have seen the colt a year before he even raced. It takes 15 minutes to track down the information I need but I nearly whoop for joy when I realize that I had seen him in person before. When he was just an unnamed First Samurai yearling.The photos above are from the sale. This was several months before I got my really nice camera so the quality is so-so. But I had to post them.
Big boy has stakes named after him now