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All Along is all alone
William Leggett
November 21, 1983
A filly wins the International—and now stands atop the horse world
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November 21, 1983

All Along Is All Alone

A filly wins the International—and now stands atop the horse world

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All Along was brought up to this year's Arc carefully: one race in June, one in July, one in September. With no wins. Still, Biancone felt he had an excellent chance in the Arc because he had the filly in perfect condition and had a commitment from Europe's best jockey, Lester Piggott, to ride her. But Piggott changed his mind, which made Wildenstein so furious he decreed that Piggott would never ride one of his horses again. Several other jockeys were offered the mount on All Along before Biancone and Wildenstein selected the 22-year-old Swinburn. All Along won the Arc at odds of 17-1 while Piggott finished 13th on Awaasif.

Fillies have won the last five runnings of the Arc, but no Arc winner had ever competed in the Rothmans. Of the five previous Arc winners to try Laurel, none had won. But if All Along could travel, the master plan of Wildenstein and Biancone could reach fruition—and All Along ships better than Auntie Mame. "She likes to go places," Biancone says. "She enjoys new surroundings. She liked Canada and loved New York."

There are some horsemen willing to concede the title of Horse of the World to All Along, while questioning her right to be named the North American Horse of the Year. International racing has certainly not caught on in the U.S., as the crowds of 22,000 for the Turf Classic at Aqueduct and the 20,000 at Laurel indicate, and the admirers of 2-year-old Devil's Bag and 3-year-old Slew o' Gold undoubtedly feel that their horses are more worthy representatives of the best in American racing. Granted, All Along "got good" in a short period of time and she has raced only on grass, but she beat colts and fillies of all ages in her sweep of the North American Turf Triple. In a racing year so murky and confusing, this filly stands out like a beacon. In so many ways she was the horse that everyone had been waiting for. All along.

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