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Sir Barton, Ghostzapper, Francisco Torres - October 30th

After the blinkers on his mount, Roaring River, worked loose, jockey Francisco Torres grabbed them and placed them between his teeth to keep his hands free for riding. Roaring River won the race, at Hawthorne, by three lengths. ~1988
 
Ghostzapper set a stakes record and capped an undefeated 4-for-4 season by winning the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge. Ghostzapper's final time for the mile-and-a-quarter was 1:59.02. An all-sources Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships betting record of $120,863,117 was set on the day's races, which were held at Lone Star Park in Texas. ~2004
 
Sir Barton died of colic and was buried on a ranch in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains.  Later, his remains were moved to Washington Park in Douglas, Wyoming where a memorial was erected to honor America's first Triple Crown winner(1919).  Sir Barton was officially recognized by the governing body as the first triple crown winner in 1948.  His race record stands at 13 wins, 6 seconds and 5 thirds from 31 starts, with earnings of $116,857.  Sir Barton was campaigned/owned by J.K.L. Ross, trained by H. Guy Bedwell and bred by John E. Madden.  His major wins include the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Potomac Handicap(1919), Withers Stakes(1919), Saratoga Handicap(1920) and Merchants and Citizens Handicap(1920).  Sir Barton was named Champion 3yo colt and HOTY in 1919, was inducted into the HOF in 1957, and was ranked #49 on Blood Horse's list of top 100 Thoroughbred Champions of the 20th Century.  He retired to stud at the end of 1920, virtually forgotten by the public because of the presence of the Great Man O'War.  As a sire, Sir Barton enjoyed only moderate success and spent the better part of the rest of his life as a working horse with the US Army Remount service in Fort Robinson, Nebraska until being sold to a rancher, J.R. Hylton, in Douglas, Wyoming.  Sir Barton and Star Shoot(his sire) both have a street named in their honor in Lexington, Kentucky, in the Hamburg Shopping Center. Sir Barton Way runs from Winchester Road To Man O' War Blvd; Star Shot runs out on to Sir Barton. ~1937

 

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I had the pleasure of meeting 'Cisco Torres when I worked at Louisiana Downs. Nice guy and a fine rider!