To this day I remain fascinated that I have been witness to the birth and growth of an entire world. I am the only one involved in the SIM that can recall the very first race up to racing today. And somehow, I remember everything, from the history-making exploits of Satelite and The Scarlet Nite, to Solstice's 21-in-a-row, to our Triple Crown winners, to the Sunshine Park fire. I remember the realistic and the crazy, the good and the bad, and I've decided to use this series to tell my version of how it's all unfolded, story-like.
The winner of the very first SIM race, Excellent Meeting (going six furlongs on the dirt against males and defeating eventual Louisville Derby winner Battle Cry) was every bit as good a racehorse as the winner of last year's Steward's Cup Distaff, Receptive, and that's what some SIM players don't quite grasp. Yes, horses in general are getting faster, and with more stakes races and options for class runners they are getting richer and boast better records, but that doesn't mean that the Year 26 Derby winner Don't Hesitate would have easily handled Year 2 winner Battle Cry, or that the latest Triple Crown winner Awake As I Am would have been able to defeat Priceless Forever, the first to accomplish the feat. In fact, Priceless Forever, Tremendous, Jet Ski, and Awake As I Am are so similar in ability that a contest between these heroes that spanned two SIM decades makes my mouth water!
This series will be posted in parts, each year being an additional article, and I will discuss Apollogetic and Skip A Stream, Flames and West, Heir to the Throne and Briliancefindsaway.
Here is to another quarter of a SIM century, and may we all still be enjoying it by then!