Saturday, January 28, 2012

Has it Been That Long?

Moni Maker is 19 years old?  Wasn't it just a few years ago that we saw Julie Krone take the Queen of Trotting around The Red Mile oval monté style, in a time trial?  The DRF, which to its credit is trying to do a good job covering harness racing had a feature on the Queen yesterday.  Time has treated her well, the only problem being arthritis which has slowed her down in the paddock.

Quite honestly, Moni Maker is probably the greatest trotter I have ever seen.  Unfortunately, in a sport that see dollar signs in breeding, the credit and accolades given to her back in 2000 have started to fade away as every new 'superstar' stallion showed up.  However, name the last American race horse that has had success in racing over in Europe against their best?

This being Prix d' Amerique weekend, how could we not show her winning the Prix d
 Amerique in 1999



As an added feature, her she is winning the final heat of the Elitlopp in Sweden:




Her last race in sulky was a victory in the Trot de Mondiale - Hippodrome de Montreal (2:38.3 - 1 3/8 mile).  Moni Maker also won at tracks such as Cagne de Sur, France and Turin, Italy.

They don't bred them like her anymore.  May she live a life of leisure for a long time as she rule her paddock.

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