Commercial content | New Customers Only | 18+When two thoroughbreds are fighting one another in prestigious races, rivalry can easily reach its climax and set the stadium on fire! To keep you waiting until your next thrill, we compiled some of the most amazing head-to-head in the recent history of horse racing.
5. Blind Luck vs. Havre de Grace (2011 – Delaware Handicap)American fillies Blind Luck and Havre de Grace are undoubtedly some of the greatest rivals that we have had a chance to witness on the racetracks in the last 10 years. During their last confrontation, the sixth of their racing careers, in the Delaware Handicap, Blind Luck won the race by a nose. But the competition between the two ladies is one of the fiercest: In the six races, they both ran, they always ranked one position apart only. In five of them, they arrived first and second, but Blind Luck is one steap ahead since she won 3 times, and Havre de Grace twice only. Here is a best of the stretch drives between Blind Luck and Havre de Grace:
4. Animal Kingdom vs. Shackleford (2011 – Kentucky Derby)American stallions the Animal Kingdom and Shackleford’s paths have crossed many times during their intertwined careers, but if we should look at the most important race of the two rivals, it would definitely be the 2011 Kentucky Derby. The excitement created by the face-off between the two thoroughbreds was huge and took place before a record crowd of nearly 165,000! With odds of 20-1, Animal Kingdom surprised the racing world when he stole the victory in the very last stretch of the race, and Shackleford, who led for much of it, suddenly faded to the fourth position. But Shackleford took his revenge not long after, when he won the 2011 Preakness Stakes, a couple of weeks after his defeat only, and left the Animal Kingdom to the second place. When the two athletes last clashed, in the 2011 Belmont Stakes, Shackleford led for much of the race and finished fifth, one spot ahead of his rival.
3. Elvstroem vs. Makybe Diva (2004 – Caulfield Cup)One of the greatest Caulfield Cup was run in 2004, when Australian legend Makybe Diva was narrowly defeated by Elvstroem down the Caulfield straight. That day, Victoria Derby’s winner Elvstroem led all the way, and Glen Boss aboard The Mighty Mare did everything he could to bridge the gap but fell half a length short. However, Big Elvis’ victory was far from putting a stop to the mare’s fulgurating ascent, and in the following 18 months she won :
- A Cox Plate,
- BMW Stakes,
- The 2004 Melbourne Cup,
- The 2005 Melbourne Cup.