That question entered my mind over the past week or so, when I thought about what chances 2012 two year old colt champion Shanghai Bobby had of a) competing/winning any or all of Horse Racing‘s 2013 Triple Crown races and b) what kind of career he would have after the Triple Crown series?
So (since I have no life whatsoever), I went searching in my mind (and on the internet) thru recent history to find the answer and…. readers?… The answer to that question is….not good….at all.
I went back as far as to when I first started following the sport (as a pre-teen) in 1979.
Out of the past 33 two year old champions only a handful (3 or 4?) made a real impact on the track following their respective championship year.
That being said, several made huge impacts when reaching the breeding shed. But for now, let’s just look at how they faired post-two year old season:
1979: Rockhill Native
This Our Native gelding won 6 of 9 races at two including the Sapling Stakes, Futurity Stakes (both Gra...