Tiznow 2001 Breeders Cup Winner's Blanket "Tiznow Wins It For America"
Few sports fans will forget the 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic. Only weeks removed from the tragedy of 911 and only 12 short miles from ground zero, Belmont Park was the sight of one of the proudest days of American racing. In the 2001 Classic - America's richest race - the 2000 Classic winner, Californian-bred Tiznow, held off a foreign evader, the Goldolphin-owned superstar Sakhee, in dramatic fashion. Coming down the stretch, it looked like the defending champion was beat, but somehow the large three-year old colt found another gear and charged to the front in what would be a seemingly endless stretch dual with Sakhee. In the end, it was Tiznow stretching his nose in front that proved the difference and brought about Tom Durkin's now-historic race call: "Tiznow wins it for America!" The race itself is considered one of the greatest in the history of the Breeders' Cup and Tiznow's victory remains today the only successful defense in the Breeders Cup Classic. This winner's blanket, in excellent condition, was presented to Tiznow on that historic day in the winner's circle and worn by Tiznow when he returned to his barn.
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