Saturday, September 15, 2012

Epilogue: Camelot’s St. Leger

“This is my universe, my world, my country – the splendor of splendors, the agony of agonies.”
-Bits N’ Bunny, ‘Tools of Desire

Zenyatta broke the hearts of a nation when her perfect record fell by the shortest of margins to Blame in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic.  No doubt the pang of disappointment flooded the hearts of nations upon witnessing the vanquished Camelot cross the wire in the 2012 St. Leger.
My heart barely tolerates this cheerless emotion for only a few fleeting moments before its imminent eviction. In seeps pride and joy to hand gloom its hat and show it the door.  As foals are imprinted at birth by their mother’s touch, I too feel the same touch from my passion – Thoroughbred horse racing - every time the gates fly open.
Without premeditation or intention, legendary horses continue deepening my love for the Thoroughbred. Camelot has infused me with my latest life-altering drug: adoration.  Yes; in my fantasy, Camelot wins the English Triple Crown, and his glory forever bleeds from the pens of historians.  But in reality, opinions enough to encircle the earth will spew the “coulda-woulda-shoulda” – debating the loss.       
The St. Leger reveals the aptitude of a great racehorse in comparison to a good horse.  With his exertion at Doncaster, Camelot commanded a position in the racing annals as superior.  Surrounded by fractious adversaries, he exuded extreme professionalism by coolly settling behind Dartford‘s dawdling pace.  Camelot responded with his blistering turn of foot when regular rider, Joseph O’Brien, gave him the call.  Gaining on the triumphant Godolphin colorbearer, Encke, Camelot simply ran out of ground and lost with the performance of a winner.
A heartfelt “thank you” to all of Camelot’s connections – those who offered us all a front row seat to watch his tremendous try at history.     
Camelot’s trainer, Aidan O’Brien, perfectly stated prior to the St. Leger: 

“History is great, but it’s probably not a whole lot of good to any of us.  When anything special happens, it’s the people on the day and the good feeling that they get out of it that is important.  Life is for living.  Every day is important and you can’t get it back when it’s gone.”


  1. Joseph is interviewed in The Racing Post today and says that Camelot clipped heela with another horse which ruined his chances. This would explain why he never travelled and seemed to lack his normal kick in the final parts of the races. heartbreaking, but racing is a hard game. At least he lives on, and we may yet see him again.

  2. Thank you so much for the information. Did the article mention how he recovered from the St. Leger? Camelot is such a tremendous racehorse, and I would love to see him run as a four-year-old.