The Lovely Dullahan

May 3, 2012: Dullahan at Dale Romans’ barn.

I think Dullahan is one of the more charismatic 3-year-olds of 2012. He is often seen on the track in the mornings with Shackleford, and they really do make a perfectly matched pair. This photo was taken after his morning gallop at Churchill Downs, just a few days before the Kentucky Derby.

Dullahan has had a rather frustrating campaign this year. He won the Grade 1 Blue Grass, came in a strong 3rd in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, and won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic against some solid older horses later in the year while setting a track record in the process. However, the problem is that his only lifetime wins have come on Polytrack, even though he seems to work well over dirt and turf. He’s never won on either of those two surfaces, and he’s run some less than stellar efforts on them. He may be the only horse whose sole wins have come in Grade 1 Polytrack races. I’m really looking forward to his 2013 campaign, though. If he grows up a bit and performs the way we know he can, it could be pretty exciting. Just look at how Romans was able to get Shackleford to blossom as a 4 year old.

In any case, he’s a stunning colt. He’s by Even the Score out of the fantastic mare Mining My Own. This makes him a half-brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner and Canadian 2-year-old champion Mine That Bird. Just think about the odds that one mare would produce a Kentucky Derby winner and a third place finisher. Astronomical!

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