09/28/2010 3:41PM

Real Quiet And The Worst Beat In Racing History

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Real Quiet, who died today, was the victim of what I believe was the most vicious beat in the history of horse racing when he was nosed by Victory Gallop in the 1998 Belmont Stakes. Not only did that photo cost Real Quiet a sweep of the Triple Crown and rare racing immortality, Victory Gallop's nose also cost him a $5 million bonus. As one who feels he has made it his life's work to perfect the art of the rotten beat, I have always empathized with Real Quiet.