“World’s Best Bred Foal”: Excitement Peaks as Legendary Equinox Prepares to Face Triple Crown-Winning Filly

Published 01/31/2024, 1:06 PM EST

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More than two months have passed since the legendary Equinox retired. Horse racing fans are already missing the Japanese stallion, who won eight out of ten career races and has finished on the podium ten times. Up until his retirement, Equinox enjoyed a winning run of six races in a row, with second place being the lowest finish he ever had. The magnificent horse has also met his father, Kitasan Black, and is having a good time in his retirement home.

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On the other hand, with the latest announcement of Equinox’s new partner, his retirement activities will certainly not be diminished. The legendary horse will be partnered with the illustrious mare Almond Eye, who won the G1 Japan Cup in her last race. The story spread like wildfire throughout the web as anticipation grew among horse racing aficionados for the meeting of the two equines.

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The announcement of Equinox’s retirement came as a surprise to fans. Although the stallion’s fans wanted him to run more miles, his owner had other ideas. After a successful career, he was transferred to the Shadai Stallion Station and retired after the G1 Japan Cup. The stallion also paid a visit to his father Kitasan Black, while arriving at his own retirement home. However, recently, Graham Pavey on X shared that the multiple-graded stakes winning horse will be visited by the Japanese legendary filly Almond Eye.

During her time on the track, Almond Eye was a formidable competitor. The filly won her maiden race in 2017 and was undefeated in the 2018 season. The Yasuda Kinen (Gr. 1) was the filly’s first defeat, and the Arima Kinen Grand Prix (Gr. 1) was her poorest performance; nonetheless, the rest of her career was replete with victories and podium finishes. At the 2020 Japan Cup (Gr. 1), her last race, she showed an incredible performance, winning her final race of her stellar career. Then, the filly was never seen on track, and the new announcement of her meeting Equinox has sparked joy among the aficionados.

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Fans looking forward to the next Equinox on track

Fans constantly hope that whenever two great horses meet, they will always produce a new star for the track. The same aficionados now expect Equinox and Almond Eye to deliver a prodigy who would swipe every competition out there. Many followers flocked to the comment section to express their pleasure once Graham Pavey announced the update on his X account.

One fan is already ready to get his hands on the next big thing.

Another fan was just delighted by this news.

The future foal already has a fan, as this user is just delighted by this update.

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Big claims have already been made about the upcoming foal.

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According to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, former Equinox jockey Christophe Patrice Lemaire commented on the meeting of the two, stating, These two offspring can become the best in the world.” Both the jockey and their followers must be quite thrilled about what the future holds for these epic horses.

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Rahul Goutam Hoom

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