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Azucar - Race Results & Past Performances

View Details09/07/36Azucar3rdDET61 1/8 mDGovernor's Handicap 3+ MSeabiscuitProfessor PaulAzucar1:50.80
View Details02/23/35Azucar1stSA61 1/4 mDSanta Anita Handicap 4+ MAzucarLadys ManTime Supply2:02.20
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Azucar When we speak of versatility in a racehorse, we are usually considering track surface or distance. But few horses were as versatile as the first winner of the celebrated Santa Anita Handicap. Azucar, whose name means sugar in Spanish, was bred in Ireland and was a grandson of Roi Herode and who traced back to Bend Or and St. Simon on his dam side. He started as a flat racer in England with moderate success and became a steeplechase horse in the United States upon his purchase by Joseph Widener. At 4 yrs old and now a gelding, Azucar began his steeplechase career in 1932 with a second place finish in the Charles Appleton Chase. The following year, he would win the Charles Appleton Chase and finish second in the Broad Hollow Chase at Belmont. He would have his best year in 1934 with a major win in the Corinthian Steeplechase at Belmont where under top weight of 153 lbs. he would break the track record that day. As his owner, Joseph Widener became more involved in the building and running of Hialeah Race Track, he decided to sell his entire racing stable. Mr. Frederick Alger, Jr. purchased Azucar with the intention of preparing him to run in the Grand National at Aintree and turned him over to Matt Brady for training. At the time Brady also trained top handicap horse Mr. Khyyam. He decided to work Azucar and Mr. Khyyam together and much to his surprise, Azucar easily bested the winner of the Wood Memorial and the American Derby. It was then decided to retrain Azucar to race on the flat. At age 6, Azucar began his new career with a win at Saratoga. He was then pointed to the Havre de Grace Handicap where he would face the great Discovery and the Belmont Stakes winner in Faireno. He would finish a fast closing second to Faireno with Discovery third. His next start would be the Maryland Handicap where he decisively beat Good Goods (the future sire of Alsab). He then ticked off victories in the Corinthian Handicap at Belmont, the Washington Handicap at Laurel and the New Year's Stakes at Santa Anita before taking on the giants in the Santa Anita Handicap at odds of 12-1. The Big Cap had been built up as a final farewell to the popular Chocolate Soldier, Equipoise, who as a seven yr. was making his final start. Also starting in the race were his two arch nemesis: Twenty Grand, who was making a comeback after several yrs away from the track and Preakness winner, Mate. Also entered was Belmont winner, Faireno. Azucar started slow, was 14th at the quarter, 11th at the half, fourth at the three-quarters, came up to the lead shortly after the stretch, and breezed to a two-length winner. The winning time of 2:02 1/5 under master reinsman George Woolf set a track record and was just two seconds off the world record at the time. After the race was over, surrounded by a throng of well wishers, Azucar bolted, slashing the NBC radio wire and cutting short the national broadcast. He dragged his groom a good 150 yards down the track before the unfortunate handler finally let go, but luckily Azucar was apprehended by a track outrider before he could get very far. He sustained an injury from this escapade which would plague him for the rest of this year. In 1936, at the age of 8, Azucar would win the San Felipe Handicap by a head running the mile in 1:36 (one-fifth of a second off the track record at the time). On Feb. 8, he ran third in the San Antonio Handicap, then wheeled back two weeks later on Feb. 22 to run fourth in the second running of the Big Cap to winner Top Row. In March, he won the Fashion Stakes at Bay Meadows. In April, he ran third in the Marchbank Handicap at Tanforan. In May, he ran second in the Bay Meadows Handicap. In September, he ran third behind Seabiscuit in the Governor's Handicap at the Detroit Fairgrounds, and in October, he ran second in an attempt to take another edition of the Washington Handicap at Laurel Park. His final victory on the flat would be at the age of 9 in the inaugural running of the Michigan
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  • buckpasser · LAZ. Thanks for the compliment. And have updated Cocoa on this too. Also I will be getting the name of someone who could help with the issue of the Santa Anita race with a Stagehand. · 1120 days ago
  • buckpasser · One final point of interest: Azucar was bred in Ireland by Edward Kennedy who stood Roi Herode and bred his son The Tetrarch and also bred Dark Ronald as well. It was Kennedy's Estate that sold Azucar to Widener. · 1115 days ago

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