The easy answer, or the easy horse, in this case, would be someone like a Rachel Alexandra. She has an elegant way of going, and she has a way of making her competition look like the Detroit Lions. That is, to say, pathetic.
But my favorite horse to watch is Fabulous Strike. There is something to be said for the nature of sprint races, especially HIS sprint races. Yard for yard, they are the most exciting to watch since they are over faster than a prom night encounter.
But Fabulous Strike is different. He goes out early. He goes out strong. And he can sustain a front-end beating and come out shining. He may be the classiest front runner we have ever seen. Name another horse that go 22 and 44 and have enough in the tank to make it to the winner's circle.
... Go ahead ... OK, didn't think so.
Fabulous Strike is running in the Grade II $150,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park Sunday for trainer Todd Beattie and if you have a 4th of July hangover, he is worth watching for 70 seconds.
Beattie said the son of Smart Strike is tipping the scales at 1,257 pounds, meaning he's carrying weight especially well. He's healthy and ready to, ahem, strike.
Fabulous Strike is coming off a chilling performance in the True North Handicap when he set a half-mile time of 43 seconds and fended off a well-rested Benny the Bull.
Watch him while you can, because there is a significant chance that he will skip the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita because of the Pro-Ride.
Fabulous Strike, the cure for the common hangover. That and french fries.