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Zev, Bill Shoemaker - October 20th

Bill Shoemaker rode his 2,000th winner, Florence House, at Tanforan. ~1954
Zev, winner of the 1923 Kentucky Derby, defeated England's hero Papyrus, winner of the 1923 Epsom Derby, in a $100,000 match race at Belmont Park. The race, the International Special, marked the first time an English champion had been sent to the U.S. to race. For his victory, Zev was awarded $80,000 and a gold cup valued at $5,000. Public interest in the race was so great that it was broadcast on the radio-a first. Within two days, films of the race were distributed at movie theaters in New York City and, eventually, across the nation. ~1923


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no drugs idout know us need the drugs
Zev was not the same as a four year old. Had a hard time finding the winners circle. Far better as a three year old.
got your confidence back? that is a hoot...
little mike bled
One of travel_vic's more equivocal posts.
Yes, travel_vic, that would be why I wrote what I did.
So this was almost a "stable secret"?
my best bet of the day is at tampa in race 9 /Forces of Darkness/ i love the horse i was not going to give it out but im trying to get my confidence back so that my best bet good luck
There were actually three Internationals. Epinard finished second in all three. Sarazen beat him in the last and Wise Counsellor won the second edition. They were all set up by Matt Winn the master of Churchill Downs.
tampa race 3/pure value
race 8 at tampa manuka honey race 9 at tampa forces of darkness race 11 al khali
I recall now that British connections disdain for the shoe change realized after the could not grab the course plainly shod.
Zev was a nice horse. Carried 130 several times as a two yr old and won. Won the Derby as his third start in less than ten days. He lost the Preakness and that was the year it was run before the Derby. But also won the Belmont and other races that year. One of the reasons he won the Match race with Papyrus was that it came up a muddy track and he was wearing mud caulks. He almost didn't race that day as he came down with a very bad skin condition.
Don't know how that happened but of course the GRASS horse would have won on GRASS, but maybe not in a match race where speed always wins.
quote:what would've happened if he met Papyrus at Epsom. ·
Zev was off the board twice against French champ Epinard during the International Special series the next year on dirt. Epinard finished 2nd both times.
Zev was a very good horse, but I have to wonder what would've happened if he met Papyrus at Epsom.
Earl Sande beat Papyrus on Zev, Shoemaker was not born yet

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