Favorite Horses: Gio Ponti
The three-time Eclipse Champion Turf Male was an extremely special racehorse. He ran 5 years, contended 3 different races on 2 different surfaces over 4 years and didn’t embarrass himself on either of his 2 trips to Dubai. His 10 graded stakes wins (7 G1) helped earn him over $6 million and in 29 starts he finished on the board 23 times.
On top of the eye-popping numbers, Gio Ponti was an incredibly classy runner. Watching him in the paddock, he was a total professional with a very graceful, gentlemanly air. Though he didn’t win any of his 4 Breeders’ Cup starts - he became the first horse in history to finish second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and Iit took the likes of Zenyatta and Goldikova to keep him from those winners circles.
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