Aussie Star Winx Exposes Racetrack Myth
I love Winx.
Not just because the Australian super mare has won 24 of 30 lifetime races, including her last 20 in a row. And not because she has a turn of foot that reminds me of myself in my 20s when the bartender yelled “last call.”
No, I love Winx because she proves my point — or at least offers strong supporting evidence — that racehorses are not delicate creatures that perform best when given extended rest between starts.
Winx has raced on three weeks’ rest or less in 19 of the 29 starts following her career debut — that’s 65 percent. Compare that to recent US superstar American Pharoah, who raced on three weeks’ rest or less just three times in the 10 races subsequent to his lifetime bow (30 percent). (Incidentally, those races were the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes — otherwise known as the Triple Crown.)
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