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Chris McCarron, Seabiscuit, Man O'War - June 23rd

Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron ended his 28-year riding caring after piloting Came Home to an easy win in the Grade III Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park. McCarron finished his career with 7,141 victories and his horses earned purses of $264,351,579. ~2002
 
A new Seabiscuit statue, molded from the original statue to the farm that is now at the HOF in Saratoga Springs, was unveiled to the public at Ridgewood Ranch, which was the home of Seabiscuit after his retirement in 1940 and is where he was laid to rest after his untimely death in 1947 at the age of 14. ~2007
 
Man O'War won the Hudson Stakes at Aqueduct by 1/2 length carrying 130 pounds - spotting his rivals 15-21 pounds - an unheard of weight for a 2yo.  He covered the five furlongs in 1:01 3/5, earning $2,825.  Chart states: "Man o' War, after breaking through the barrier to a false start, was away fast and assumed command at the elbow, then flew away to an easy victory and was easing up in the final forty yards, winning easily."  4 wins from 4 starts ~1919

 

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In 1997, I went to Saratoga, to see the Travers Stakes. Four days prior to the Travers, Chris McCarron's mom had died. Her loss caused him uncertainty as to whether or ride, or not. His family urged him on, to ride for mom. He rode Deputy Commander to victory, to an emotional Winner's Circle. The next day, I was on a flight to Chicago, to catch my plane out of Chicago. Chirs was on the plane, flying to Chicago for the Arlington Million. I wanted to say something to him, but in his moment of mourning, I said nothing. But, in my heart, I felt his anguish. I was very inspired by his presence, and, I only wished him, and his family, the best. For what I couldn't tell you, I would like to say, that you were a great jockey, and an inspiration to all.
  • History · Wow - Thank you for sharing that Ruffian. I had forgotten all about that, but you're right, through his actions he taught us a lot. He was a great rider and is a great person. · 1349 days ago
I remember the McCarron retirement well, great jockey, and Came Home was a really nice horse!