The Mean Queen outdueled Snap Decision in another exciting match-up, while Leslie Young went one up in the Trainers race
- October 18, 2021
- By SARA CAVANAGH
FAR HILLS, N.J.--Once again, the highly anticipated match, this time a rematch, between The Mean Queen and Snap Decision turned out to be even better than could have been hoped for.
With only four horses in the $150,000, G1 Grand National Steeplechase Stakes, Irv Naylor's Amschel (GB), trained by Cyril Murphy, went to the lead, followed by Buttonwood Farm''s The Mean Queen (Ire), trained by Keri Brion, and Bruton Street-US' Snap Decision, trained by Jack Fisher, with Meadow Run Farm's Chosen Mate (Ire), trained by Gordon Elliot, who had flown in from Ireland a week earlier, in fourth.
On the final turn of the 2 5/8 mile race, The Mean Queen, ridden by Richie Condon, went to the lead, closely tracked by Snap Decision, ridden by Graham Watters.
The pair dueled through the stretch, but Snap Decision was never able to get past The Mean Queen, who won by a 1//2 length.
The contest between these two is reminiscent of the match-ups between Affirmed and Alydar, and one could wish in both cases that both could win.
"She was amazing, but so was Snap Decision in defeat," said Brion. "Those are two special horses."