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Kentucky (USA) by Edith W. Bancroft  -  [Add Data]
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What the Horse Racing Nation is saying about Damascus...

Here is the GREAT Damascus having a workout on the turf. Great pic. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=193749970675768&set=a.189145141136251.61389.189123901138375&type=1&theater
  • airedale2008 · Nice picture of Damascus. His 22 length win in the 1967 Travers must have been impressive. Daddy Sword Dancer won the 1959 version. · 46 days ago ·
As Laz has stated and I agree, the greatest field of dirt milers ever gathered in one race was in the 1967 Woodward when Damascus defeated Buckpasser and Dr. Fager. Many dozens of lesser horses have stakes races named after them. In 2014 there is not a graded stakes race named in their honor. Why not these three multiple record setters and Horses of the Year?
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  • Mary Z. · P.S., You were SO right. What do owe you? More giggles. · 47 days ago ·
  • LAZMANNICK · Quite with the bitter BS and the years garbage. You just continue to show your immaturity. I might be old enough to have grand kids but I also became a grandfather at 39, not 59. You sound like a pompous spoiled little brat that sits at home while mommy and daddy cater to you, someone who because of your know-it-all attitude doesn’t have friends so you sit on a horse racing site every chance you get. Some life. I also happen to always be in a good mood, have a great family, and have accomplished much over the years so why would I be bitter? You on the other hand seem to think that being all knowing is all important. Maybe you have self-esteem issues. That’s why you have an opinion on just about every post. Maybe you should ask the HRN people to start your own blog and then you can enlighten us every day. As to answering, go back a thousand or so posts, that should take you back to last night, I checkout what you said on the Vagabond Shoes post. · 47 days ago ·
just finished the Thoroughbred Legends book on him. he sounded like an all around great horse. nice temperament, easy to work with, & completely durable. also a pretty nice stallion. Whiteley said he was the best horse he trained, even better than Ruffian?!
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  • travel_vic · whitely keep referring to Ruffians rider as You PORTO REEKAN! · 107 days ago ·
  • airedale2008 · Whiteley was tough on the Por-ta Rican, Jacinto Vasquez, Ruffian's primary jockey. In her third race Vasquez was on suspension, so Whiteley made him ride Sled Dog next to Ruffian in the post parade. It was either that or lose the mount. The crowd had never seen a jockey of his standing pony the horse that he should be riding to the post. · 106 days ago ·
As we get ready for this year's exciting renewal of the Woodward Stakes, Matt Scott takes a stroll through history to recap the build up to what would be called the Race of the Century.Read More
No matter the reason behind the disqualification, I have yet to meet a person who believed the decision to be a fair one. Finding people who say taking down Dr. Fager that day was a travesty, however, proved much easier to come by. To this day, I cannot think of a more universally disliked disqualif...Read More
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  • Buckpasser · Dark Mirage's competitors weren't garbage. There was Miss Ribot, Gay Matilda, Syrian Sea, Guest Room etc. · 403 days ago ·
  • airedale2008 · Steward Keene Daingerfield didn’t like John Nerud and hated Manny Ycaza for his aggressive riding. After the race, Nerud was quoted as saying the decision was prejudiced. He was called in to the steward’s office to explain his comment. When told there was a rumor going around that he said the Garden State stewards were prejudiced, Nerud said, “That ain’t no rumor. That’s what I said.” As far as I’m concerned, the blemish is on the Garden State stewards record, not the Good Doctor’s. · 401 days ago ·
one of my favorite horses ever. is there anyone that knows any facts about him or any interesting information?
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  • travel_vic · Damascus was a senior citizen when I saw him at Claiborne but for a 21 year old, but that old fellow took care of himself living all the way until 1995. · 414 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · I'm not sure how it is today but back in the 60s when I got interested, and 70s, many trainers treated their horses no differently than a family member. · 413 days ago ·
Let’s start Travers Week with a Preview and a question. Which horse won the only running of the Travers that featured the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont winners?Read More
Make no mistake; Saratoga Race Course is the finest racetrack in America. Read More
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  • airedale2008 · Yesterday I had my inaugural visit to Saratoga Springs to experience racing at its best. The NYRA does a great job with a free walking tour of the stable area to show fans how horses live off the track and a demonstration of a starting gate. Where else in America can you see stables with slate roofs? The National Museum of Racing is superb, with so much to see that a second visit is required on Woodward and Forego Stakes day. It was a pleasure to film the Alabama, from horses walking up the track to the finish, and seeing my pick Questing win in a front running romp by 9 in the fastest time since 1980. If you haven’t seen horse racing at Saratoga, go. · 605 days ago ·
  • buckpasser · Glad you had a good time at Saratoga · 604 days ago ·
May 15, 1967 Overtones of unpredictability began to set the mood of the Kentucky Derby weeks before the 93rd running last Saturday. On Derby Day, as mist and rain swept in to chill and dampen the somewhat nervous throng, the atmosphere was one of tingly apprehension instead of traditional festivity.Read More
  • bodie1 · That was a great day in history. Our prayers go out to the family. We own Fowl Whetherm Proud Clarions daughter and his great Grand Daughter, Sky's Stormy Whether, (Sire Sky Terrace and Great Grand Father Sky Walker) and they are such a pleasure to own and that the history continues today ! · 613 days ago ·
Damascus defeated Buckpasser and Dr. Fager in the 1967 Woodward Stakes, clinching HOY honors. Billed as the Race of the Century then, what other race can match the combined talent of this one?
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  • buckpasser · This was a great race. Damascus was in unbelievable form that day. Sadly Buckpasser was a shell of himself. He had lost to Handsome Boy in the Brooklyn Handicap by 8 lengths. As to a race the featured that many great horses, I would point to the 1917 Brooklyn Handicap with Regret, Old Rosebud, Roamer, Omar Khyyam and at the time top handicap horses Ormdale, Borrow, Chicelet and Our Boots. That race had three Derby winners and three hall of gamers. regret lost by a nose to stablemate Borrow. · 669 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · saw him at Claiborne aged 24, still looked like he could run · 669 days ago ·
It's amazing how you people keep ranking great horses down, down, down all the time.
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  • icyhotboo · Maybe if they only let people vote once on a particular horse they would be more realistic. Personally what other people think about historical horses that I'm familiar with doesn't bother me at all, why should it bother anyone? · 702 days ago ·
  • buckpasser · Every generation has its great favorites--the horses that they consider the yardstick by which all others are measured. For many on this site Secretariat is that yardstick. Others Zenyatta. For me personally, it is Kelso. All debate is good. · 701 days ago ·
For today’s Monday Movie, filmmaker Jeff Krulik has mined the archives — the National Archives, that is. He’s found Preakness clips from the Universal Newsreel collection during the last decade those newsreels were produced. Among the famed winners in this nine-minute reel are the great Northern Dan...Read More
What did this horse do? Sorry I don't know much besides that Whiteley trained him.....
Hansen hopes to add his name to an illustrious group of Gotham winners...Read More
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  • Winplacsho · I'm interested in seeing how Consortium comes back to the races. · 778 days ago ·
  • AndyScoggin · Hansen draws the 12 post out of 13 starters. Tough spot to start from with the tight AQU inner track turns. · 777 days ago ·
Blogger Matt Shifman takes a historical look at the New York Derby trail, as well as, what an infusion of money could mean to this year's road to Louisville through the Big Apple ...Read More
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  • AndyScoggin · UPDATE: Here are some purse comparisons for MSW/Allowance NW1. New York: 65/62, Parx: 45/47, Santa Anita: 56/58, Gulfstream: 52/54 · 815 days ago ·
  • AndyScoggin · UPDATE: The Withers closes with 42 nominations of which 20 are also entered in Sunday'sHoly Bull at GP. If Hansen runs in the Holy Bull that could mean a nice field at AQU. Withers nominees include: Algorithms, Alpha, Big Blue Nation, Casual Trick, Consortium, Discreet Dancer, Howe Great, My Adonis, Optimizer, Reveron, State of Play, and Trinniberg. All are nominated for the Holy Bull except State of Play. · 815 days ago ·
The Malibu Stakes, run at Santa Anita in December of every year, features some of the finest horses in California ...Read More
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  • freddycaple · The Factor just rolled!! That is the horse to watch this spring! derbydeals.com · 834 days ago ·
  • GregRiessland · dead heat that didn't have to be his best race, the point was he felt the effects of a heated match thats what caused him to drop later. oh yes he did roll! · 832 days ago ·
A fantastic horse that is very underrated and forgotten. He was a good sire and an amazing race horse. Few other horses could have done what he did.
Damascus, owned by Edith W. Bancroft, broke his maiden at Aqueduct Racetrack, winning by eight lengths.Read More
Dr. Fager - fondly known as The Doctor - ...Read More
  • zatt · Dr. Fager dying at such a young age was devastating ... August 5, 1976 was a sad day in the Zipse household. · 985 days ago ·
No way Damascus should be ranked so low and Dr. Fager so high - they should both be in the #11-#20 range
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  • footlick · I meant giving a horse a 1, not where Damascus has been ranked..... · 1132 days ago ·
  • morethanready111 · There really wasn't much separating Dr. Fager and Damascus. They were both the cream of the crop! Truly spectacular. · 1077 days ago ·

Damascus - Race Results & Past Performances

View Details10/26/68Damascus4thBel72 milesDJockey Club Gold Cup 4+ MQuicken Tree Funny FellowChampon3:22.80
View Details09/28/68Damascus2ndBel71 1/4 mDWoodward Stakes 4+ MMr. RightDamascusGrace Born2:03.00
View Details09/25/68Damascus1stAqu71 1/8 mDAqueduct Handicap 4+ MDamascusMore ScentsFort Drum1:35.80
View Details09/14/68Damascus2ndDET91 1/8 mDMichigan Mile And One-Eighth Handicap 4+ MNodoubleDamascusMisty Run1:49.00
View Details08/10/68Damascus1stDel81 1/16 mDW Dupont Jr. Handicap 4+ MDamascusRock CandyCharles Elliott1:43.60
View Details07/20/68Damascus1stAqu71 1/4 mDBrooklyn Handicap 4+ MDamascusDr. FagerMr. Right1:59.20
View Details07/13/68Damascus3rdMth81 1/4 mDHaskell Invitational  4+ MBold HourMr. RightDamascus2:03.00
View Details07/04/68Damascus3rdAqu71 1/4 mDSuburban Handicap 4+ MDr. FagerBold HourDamascus1:59.60
View Details06/17/68Damascus1stDel51 70yDAllow 4 MDamascusLight The FuseClassic Work1:40.40
View Details02/10/68Damascus2ndSA81 1/4 mDStrub Stakes 4 MMost HostDamascusRuken2:04.00
View Details01/20/68Damascus1stSA61 1/8 mDSan Fernando Stakes 4 MDamascusMost HostRuken1:48.80
View Details01/06/68Damascus1stSA87 fDMalibu 4 MDamascusRising MarketRuken1:21.20
View Details11/11/67Damascus2ndLrl71 1/2mTWashington, D.C., International 3 MFort MarcyDamascusTobin Bronze2:27.00
View Details10/28/67Damascus1stAqu72 milesDJockey Club Gold Cup 3 MDamascusHandsome BoySuccessor3:20.20
View Details09/30/67Damascus1stAqu71 1/4 mDWoodward Stakes-G1 3+ MDamascusBuckpasserDr. Fager2:00.60
View Details09/04/67Damascus1stAqu71 1/8 mDAqueduct Handicap 3 MDamascusRing TwiceStraight Deal1:48.20
View DetailsView Video08/19/67Damascus1stSar61 1/4 mDTravers 3 MDamascusReason To HailTumiga2:01.60
View Details08/05/67Damascus1stAP81 1/8 mDAmerican Derby 3 MDamascusIn RealityFavorable Turn1:46.80
View Details07/15/67Damascus1stAqu71 1/4 mDDwyer 3 MDamascusFavorable TurnBlasting Charge2:03.00
View Details07/08/67Damascus2ndDel81 1/16 mDW Dupont Jr. Handicap 3 MExceedinglyDamascusFlag Raiser1:42.20
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