Lady Eli: The Most Spectacular Filly You've Never Heard Of

Most people know who California Chrome and American Pharoah are thanks to their exploits in the last two Triple Crown series. California Chrome has been a catalyst for the last two years due to his controversial owners and has mostly been in the news lately for his very confusing and complicated 2015 schedule. American Pharoah is America's current sweetheart thanks to his unbelievable Triple Crown run this year when he became the 12th Triple Crown winner after a 37 year drought. California Chrome's future is uncertain thanks to a cannon bone bruise found after he returned to the U.S. American Pharoah is expected to run in New Jersey in the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth.

Both of these two horses are champions, but I feel that Lady Eli is better than California Chrome and almost on the same level as American Pharoah. For those who don't know, Lady Eli is a bay three year old filly by Divine Park and she is unbeaten. Her silks may look familiar to you because they are modeled after Zenyatta's silks. While Lady Eli still has a ways to go to get to Zenyatta's status, if she ever does, she has stirred my excitement just as much as Zenyatta did from 2008-2010.

The casual American fan only follows horse racing during the spring unless a proverbial great like Zenyatta comes along. Lady Eli, unbeaten in six lifetime starts, could be a proverbial great if she ever gets the chance. She has been untested and the only time she ever seems to have any trouble is if she gets a less than ideal trip. 

Her smallest margin of victory was a half-length in the Wonder Again in May. In her next start, Lady Eli won the Belmont Oaks over an all-star cast of fillies in 1:59.27 for a mile and a quarter race while running wide on the final turn. For comparison, one race earlier, Force The Pass, a colt, ran his mile and a quarter race in 2.01.16. It is figured that if she had been in the same the race, Lady Eli would have beaten the boys by ten lengths.

She awed me in that race as much as Pharoah awed me in the Belmont Stakes. She is perfect. She is unmatched and she could potentially be one of the best fillies or horses of all time.

However, on her way back from the test barn after the Belmont Oaks, Lady Eli stepped on a nail and she developed laminitis in both front feet. I'm praying that she beats this awful disease because she is simply a spectacular filly. I want her to be healthy first and I want the casual American racing fan to get the chance to see this filly be her brilliant self.

Keep her in your thoughts because when American Pharoah is retired at the end of the season, Lady Eli could be the next big horse for several years to come if given the chance.