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Dr. Fager, Steve Asmussen, Dale Baird - August 5th

Steve Asmussen became the 18th trainer to register 3,000 career victories when
he saddled Forest Music to win the Grade II Honorable Miss Stakes at Saratoga. ~2005
 
Trainer Dale Baird won his 5,000th career race with Stuffed Johnnie at Mountaineer Park, becoming the second trainer in history, behind Jack Van Berg, to reach that mark. ~1988
 
Dr. Fager - fondly known as The Doctor - died as a result of a colon obstruction at Tartan Farm in Florida at the age of 12.  His race record stands at 18 wins, 2 seconds and one third in 22 starts, with earnings of $1,002,642.  His many accomplishments include a track and world record at Arlington Park at the age of 4, while carrying 134 pounds, he was named Eclipse Champion 5 times - 4 of which were in the same year, only horse to ever achieve that, inducted into the HOF, and was ranked 6th on Blood Horse's list of top 100 US Champions of the 20th Century.  Dr. Fager will always be remembered as one of the toughest horses to ever look through a bridle.  Proof of that is the fact that only 3 horses ever finished in front of him - Champion juvenile Successor, Horse of the Year Damascus and HOTY Buckpasser. ~1976

 

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Dr. Fager dying at such a young age was devastating ... August 5, 1976 was a sad day in the Zipse household.