Man. After watching the video of the Malibu Stakes, all I can think is that Shared Belief is one game little sucker. Unfortunately for him, a lot of the Eclipse Award voters have probably already put in their ballots, because that was certainly a worthy performance. He was cutting back in distance, hooked some quality speed horses, came down wide, and just plain refused to be beaten. I don't know whether he'll be Horse of the Year or not. I don't even know if he'll win his division. But as much as I love California Chrome, if I had a vote, I'd have to give Shared Belief the nod.
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.