Irrefutable Beauty

November 2, 2011: Irrefutable gallops at Churchill Downs on an early morning before his start in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

This is the beautiful Irrefutable, a Bob Baffert trained son of Unbridled’s Song out of the Kingmambo mare Honestly Darling. 2011 started out well for him, as he won 3 of his 10 starts and placed 2nd in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap, 2nd in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes to eventual Sprint Champion Amazombie, and 2nd in the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes. Sadly, the Underwood would be his final start. He collapsed and died from a cardiac event after that race on November 26, 2011. One year after his death, I wanted to pay tribute to that big, beautiful grey boy.

He’s shown here preparing for the ’11 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs.