all in Legends

One thousand twenty-nine days. That’s how many days Winx’s winning streak survived – starting the day Triple Crown winner American Pharoah won the Preakness Stakes and fittingly ending the day “Pharoah’s” first runner, Monarch of Egypt, won his debut.

Calvin Borel readily admits to being poorly educated, and yet his knowledge of horses is as deep as the ocean is vast.

In a world filled with artificiality and superficiality, a world that emphasizes style, Borel is as real, as substantial, as it gets.

Borel’s willingness to learn horses from the ground up, his character and his loyalty all contributed to his rise from humble Cajun roots in Louisiana to his induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2013.

It was a scene everyone had hoped for and expected. It was a farewell like no other. Tears flowed freely, voices quavered, the words of trainer Chris Waller were difficult to get out.

There she was — in the lead, vying for victory in the final furlong of the historic Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in England. When Tepin gallantly crossed the finish line in front, the mare had made history as the first American-trained racehorse to win Royal Ascot’s signature meet-opening race. Sharing the glory was the trainer who made it all possible, the trainer who never made a wrong move in managing a versatile but slow-maturing racehorse until she was ready to make history on a world stage.

Much more often than not, horses fail to live up to the regal names bestowed upon them. Maiden claiming races are filled with horses that have a "King" or "Queen" in their name. But if a horse ever justified its moniker, few did it as magnificently as Majestic Prince.

Given a name that exuded class, Majestic Prince was indeed equine royalty during a short but spectacular 10-race career that saw him come heart-breakingly close to a Triple Crown sweep in 1969.

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