Black Caviar Heir Apparent Chautauqua Wins Third T.J. Smith

The Iroquois word Chautauqua has various meanings, with a little bit of ambiguity. One of those is “a bag tied in the middle,” or “two moccasins tied together.”

Those definitions described the shape of Chautauqua Lake in the southwest portion of New York State.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary adds to the meanings, describing the word as a noun for various traveling shows in the U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These shows were modeled on the teachings of the Chautauqua Institution of western New York, which was dedicated to education and entertainment designed to enlighten the minds of attendees with regard to spirituality and serenity.

Aussies have no need for those definitions, as for them, it simply and completely unambiguously means the three-time consecutive winner of the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes Saturday past at Royal Randwick racecourse.

His third win was his most impressive, as to many observers, his better days were behind him, even though he had been proclaimed the world’s best sprinter for the two years’ past.

Paraphrasing the immortal W.C. Fields, Chautauqua had this to say to the others in the race field, “The rumours of my demise are greatly exaggerated.”

All he did to win his third T.J Smith was to come from clear last well into the stretch run to overtake the best sprinters available.

The emotional victory led trainer Michael Hawkes to exclaim, “Chautauqua is the Winx of sprinters!”

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