Cigar is a horse that some people don't give the credit he deserves. The cite as evidence in support of their claim that once Holy Bull came up lame in the 1995 Donn Handicap and was retired, Cigar didn't have any competition to speak of, that he never beat anybody. Well, I think all of that is pure hogwash! Once Cigar started his 1995 season, his first of back-to-back Horse of the Year campaigns, he consistently faced Grade I competition, and he was consistently great. Cigar is a horse that has, in our opinion justifiably, received a tremendous amount of coverage in our community here at Horse Racing Fantasy. That's right there is a testament to his popularity among racing fans all these years later. Our community has shared with you his win in the 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic, the 1996 Dubai World Cup (the first one), and his record tying 16th consecutive victory at Arlington Park in 1996's Citation Challenge. He was always impressive, certainly, but the race I'm gonna share with you today is probably my favorite, and here's why: He was literally not asked for anything at all in this race by jockey Jerry Bailey. In fact, along the backstretch Bailey had to hold him back! That's one thing in an allowance race, but this was the Grade I Gulfstream Park Handicap. I think that Cigar could have won this race by a much wider margin lengths had Bailey asked him to, but there was no need. Cigar held the title of world's richest thoroughbred for a long time, and he deserves all the praise he gets. What a racehorse!
Sure, Cigar ran his best races at a mile and more, but if you want you can saddle him up and try your luck with him at six furlongs. He also had extensive experience on grass, so you may have success with him there, too. You can ride Cigar in any race and at any distance here in our fantastic online horse racing game, where we feature the perfect blend of fantasy and reality!