He was always Highly talented...But he was getting better with each race...He was Peaking when they retired him...Very disappointing
Aflet Alex un gran caballo
Nice try domingo
Scrppyy T should have been DQ and Dominguez suspended for what he did. He knew Alex was coming and going to pass him and win, so he used the left handed whip to confuse the horse hoping that the horse would somehow upset Alex and keep him from winning. He wanted that Preakness so bad. Well, Alex got knocked to his knees, but got up and won much to Dominquez's surprise I expect. This was clearly Dominguez's plan and I can't believe they let him get away with it. I know he didn't win, but he got place money, but what they did to Alex was dirty and someone should pay for it.
Am I the only one who thinks Scrappy T and Dominguez choreographed his "blew the turn"? Scrappy T was in front, a big horse, on the lead to win the Preakness, when outside comes Afleet Alex running past all horses, as he passes Scrapy T, all of a sudden Dominguez pulls on the rein, goes to a left handed whip, and Scrappy knocks down Afleet Alex. I assume Dominguez thought that Alex would go down and he would win the Preakness and the money, but Alex was not ready for that and kicked his ass. He was outside Scrappy T and wound up inside of him and could have been seriously injured. How Scrappy T got second is a mystery. He should have been disqualified for what he did. Not just to Alex, but to other h orses. I have heard that this is not the first time that Scrappy T has blown the turn. It seems to have become part of his running style.
Never could understand how he failed in the Derby. Had he not become injured I feel he would have had a big shot of running the table the rest of the year. I know that Saint Liam was very good, but feel Alex would have taken him.
I’ve been watching races a long time and this remains the best Preakness I’ve ever seen.
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This is one of my favorite sports moments, as a kid I was absolutely stunned at this race.
Got a terrible ride in the Derby or he would have easily won the Triple Crown. One of the great horses of all time.
From 2004-2008, the Mid-Atlantic region put more horses on the board or in the winners' circle for Triple Crown races than any other area: Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex, Barbaro, Hard Spun, and Eight Belles. The PA Nursery (!) put two horses in the top two at Churchill: Smarty (won, 2004), Hard Spun (second in 2007).
If those had been Parx jockeys it would have ended much worse. Dominuez and Rose are world class (though Rose used to ride at Parx!)
That jerk jockey hit the horse on the underside and the horse freaked.
wow, I just hope that was the case of Barbaro.
Afleet Alex was one tough little colt. His Preakness victory was utterly remarkable given he fell to his knees. This incident would ultimately end his racing career following his convincing victory in the Belmont, as he suffered a deep bruise that caused bone degeneration that fortunately was found before a catastrophic breakdown occurred. With a bit better luck in the Derby he should have been a Triple Crown Winner. He was leading with 60 yards to go and lost by a length. One of my all time favourite horses. And to think he won that year at 6 furlongs and then 1 1/2 miles. Such a versatile horse. So talented.
Wonder what kind of final time he runs if he did not fall...This was a fast Preakness..His Triple Crown Preakness/Double was outstanding back to back performances..Some like to nag about his final time in the Belmont...The track was not very fast that day and he certainly did not run a "slow" Belmont..Afleet Alex was a MAJOR talent..
2:06 the 2005 belmont stakes will be the dead rubber race in the triple crown challenge
The race call by this announcer was simply classic
never have I seen a tougher horse.
Never get tired of great horse races.
amazing ride..very good horse
Amazing,...I was like:"who is that making the HUGE move",..oh,....afleet Alex,... nice ride!!
He made a move like Secretariat in the Preakness.
Next to Secretariat's Belmont, this is the greatest performance in a triple crown race that I have ever seen, beating Alysheba's Derby win by a nose . Granted, I have only been watching races for 50 years, but still.
Jeremy rose exercised my racehorse at the track
GREAT comback. Jeremy scared me to death.
i have a personal top 10 most spectacular moments i saw in sports ..this always is my personal #1
@aj gensel ok...i will look for it..thanks !!
+anhell32 If you haven't seen it, do a search for the Peb Bellocq cartoon of Charismatic hugging Chris Antley's headstone...such a powerful image.
+aj gensel man those too are great moments too ,antley savin charismatic's leg was out of this world!!
This, Carl Nafzger calling the Kentucky Derby for Mrs.Genter in 1990, and Chris Antley leaping from the saddle to save Charismatic's leg from further damage in the 99 Belmont are my top three sports memories.
Ramon Dominguez was always a bush league jock and he proved it here. He was always a Mexican piece of shit to anyone who knew him.
You must be the dumbest racist in the world! First, do you really think Dominguez purposely tried to block Afleet Alex? He hit the horse with the left hand stick. Whipping does not necessarily means lugging out. Second, let me give you a history lesson. Venezuela is a colony of Spain located in South America. 51% of Venezuelan including Dominguez are classified as white. Not because his name ends with a "z" means he is Mexican. The Latin names were originated from Spain (Europe) not Mexico. Whites are not only in Europe. South American countries such as Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay are mostly white. Third, Dominguez won over 5,000 races, 3 consecutive Eclipse award for best jockey and Hall of Famer. Before your start to use racial epithets, know your facts. What is your highest level of education?
I like how you gloss over this bullshit he did here where he almost killed a great horse and a jockey. He is a little piece of shit is what he is.
Dominguez is Venezuelan, and one of the most talented jockeys I have ever seen in my life. He was recently voted into the Hall of Fame and deservedly so. This incident was a complete anomaly. I can't speak for his character since I don't know him personally but everyone I know who knows him has nothing but positive words about him.
It was the most unusual thing I had seen in a big race in a long, long time. He is lucky he did not kill AA and Rose both. After he did that he did not whip Scrappy T one more time though at all. He just let those two go and just rode Scrappy T to the wire. It was weird. He did not race in too many big races after this one though.
I always wondered why he "wound up" to hit his horse. It was so strange, and probably scared the horse, so he ducked..
Most amazing race I ever saw.
My favorite horse of all time!! What a horse!!!!!
ALEET ALEX WENT DOWN TO HIS KNEES AND ONLY GOD PICKED HIM BACK UP TO SAVE HIS LIFE
God, and a little girl called Alex Scott
God! I love Alex! Heart of a Thoroughbred...Heart of a Lion!!!
I just wish he would pass his toughness on to more of his offspring, they have speed but are just more fragile than their sire, suffering setback after setback from minor injuries.
If Rose had dismounted ASAP after the finish to check AA for injuries, would the horse have been DQ'd?
+Salice McCool After the finish? No.
Fue un tropiezo muy parecido al que sufrió Alysheba en el Derby de Kentucky 1987 ¡Y también ocurrió entrando en la recta final! Ambos caballos y jinetes no rodaron porque Dios no quiso y los protegió. Saludos desde Venezuela.
+Caroni100 Nada de Dios. Es talento.
"Oh, Son of a B****" :-)))
Afleet stayed on his feet...and didn't seem to give two shits!
Jordan Edward Lol! Afleet ran over a horse to win the Preakness Stakes...
The fact that this horse who would have been a superhorse had he stayed sound did not win the Triple Crown is one of those unsolvable mysteries. I bet on him and saw him lose in the Derby to a decent horse, Giacomo, but one who should never gotten within ten lengths of him ever, but I could not understand how it happened.
Steven, I bet so much money on Afleet Alex in the Derby. I had him keyed in Pic 3s, Pic 4s, doubles, an exact all wheel with him on top. I was flabbergasted when Giacomo won. The second place horse was even longer and more inexplicable. He was clearly a better animal than either of the two horses who finished in front of him in the Derby. He absolutely crushed the Preakness and Belmont fields. Why he lost the Derby is certainly a mystery. Jeremy Rose said that he moved too soon, that he hadn't timed his horse's move right. In other words, human error.
@steven cooke I think it's a testament to Afleet Alex's natural soundness that he won this race - and then came back to win the Test of the Champion three weeks later!! I think he would have been even better as an older horse. Couldn't be a nicer horse either, a little bit of a foreshadowing for American Pharoah. His babies are highly prized by OTTB fanatics because absolutely NOTHING phases them.
This where Tom Durkin peaked.
Durkin, what a race call.. One of my favorites
All be it an amazing recovery and near disaster . I'm reminded of an almost as amazing recovery by Alysheba in the 1987 Kentucky Derby . Bet Twice drifted out into an oncoming Alysheba and he clipped heels and how Chris Mcarron stayed on let alone win was amazing. Take a look at that race and be amazed.
I am totally agree with you. Only two world-class jockeys like Chris McCarron (Kentucky Derby 1987) and Jeremy Rose (Preakness Stakes 2005) could avoided a horrible spill and won two prestigious races. Greetings from Venezuela!
Maybe the most talented 3yo of the last decade. If he hadn't suffered the injury here would've been very interesting to see what he could've accomplished as an older horse, but in this Preakness he really showed just how much resilience he had.
He was injured during training after the Belmont.
He was injured in this race? He won the Belmont easily just three weeks later, makes him even more impressive if he was indeed injured :O
these fools who upload the video should know that you need to indicate the first 3 horses. I can see it, but fools, you need to indicate the winners. (show the screen)
That is one gutsy horse. Respect!
When I saw the heelclip I thought AA would be disqualified for interference and I'd lose my bet on him.
Tim Ritchie is a great trainer and at the time Jeremy rose was the best up and coming jockey in the sport. Change the dynamics and u may not have heard of afleet alex
No offense to Jeremy Rose or Stuart Ellliott, but imagine how superior Afleet Alex and Smarty Jones would of been with more seasoned riders and trainers? But who knows, those riders and trainer's inexperience with the big time might of been the reason the horses flourished.
Afleet Alex was a hell of a good horse.
4 people must have been drinking crappy tea
+Nari Soundarrajan Or betting on Scrappy T
The most talented horse not to win the triple crown.
The great Swaps beat Nashua in the Derby in 1955. Then went back to California. I don't think he would have been a threat in the Belmont. 1955 was a great year.
@NOV_BL4Z3Y Oh, I forgot the great Nasha!!! Who set records ETRs and NTRs, won the Preakness and Belmont, set a record at Belmont at 16f, but did not win the Derby!!!!
@NOV_BL4Z3Y My bad. But I have done research on horses who have lost the TC because they lost the Derby, a race where the best horse does not always win. I hop;e I can make up for my mistake!!! 2001 Point Given 2005 Afleet Alex 1995 Tobasco Cat 1974 Little Current 1967 Damascus 1953 Native Dancer (Northern Dancer lost the Belmont) 1944 Capot That's it. All I could find. Select group, eh? There are probably more in the past but th at is as far as I went. Maybe I'll do a Part 2.
@Bruce Robbins I thoughr we where just doing failed bids for the crown
@NOV_BL4Z3Y Easy Goer, Kelso, Native Dancer, Forego, John Henry, too many to name.
Dominguez hit Scrappy T so hard and under the belly with the left handed whip. In the slow motion you can clearly see the whip hit Scrappy T under the belly and that is why he ducked out . He did not blow the turn he ran away from the pain inflicted on him by the idiot on his back .
Well Scrappy T only affected AA. If AA goes down then Scrap would most certainly been DQ to last place. If scrap wins and AA finished 2nd . Scrap would have been placed 2nd. It all worked out for the best . I agree with you its not right but we are now speculating on what ifs . It was an accident. The jock whipped the horse unintentionally under the belly and it hurt Scrap . He ran away from the Pain which is a natural response.
It seems to me that if AA and/or his jock had fallen, there could have been a major disaster involving not only them, but others in the field. But because Dominguez got lucky in that regard, it's no- harm, no-foul, and Scrappy T gets 2nd place winnings? Just doesn't seem right .
The horse Scrappy T was not disqualified because he finished behind Aflleet Alex. I also wonder if he would have been dq even if AA would have fallen? The whip under the belly is probably a fine to the jockey but they would have to prove it was done maliciously and not by accident. Jockeys normally do not whip horses there.
*+Richard Kranzel jr* I honestly couldn't tell where Scrappy T was hit by the whip, but accept your opinion on that, as well as those of others. What struck me was that it looked like his left rein was being pulled, and pretty significantly. To block AA? Why wasn't the horse DQ'd and/or his jock fined? (Forgive my ignorance, I'm "just a fan.")
lmao he said son of a bitch lmao
y did dominguez switch to a left handed whip
Jockeys do that sometimes, switch the whip hand if they think they can get more out of the horse. He might've hit him under the belly, where it's not only a very sensitive spot for horses, but a spot where predators usually aim for, which caused the horse to run from it (hence him colliding into Alex), but if he didn't, this wasn't his fault. If he did, then he really shouldn't be using a whip, or if he should, only right handed.
Holy cow thats an Athlete!!! GO AFLEET ALEX!
Pssh....didn't have a chance. The only way Scrappy T would have won is if Alex spilled.
Yes, milk was contained in the bottle. LOLOLOL
Everybody talks about the near fall, but look at him coming thru around the turn, he was picking them off like flies! What a horse!
beer bottle? please tell me it was milk in it though :P
I still don't understand why they did an interview before a vet check. If my horse fell to his knees while galloping I would get off the horse at the very least.
shouts to Scrappy T!!!!
I always thought he had been injured in that incident as well!!!