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Damascus

Status:
Deceased
Owner(s):
Bred:
Kentucky (USA) by Edith W. Bancroft  -  [Add Data]
Pedigree:
Sword Dancer  -  Kerala  by  My Babu
Rating:
 
Damascus 2
Damascus 1
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Damascus after a workout with Frank Whiteley on the Pony alongside. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=713256172058476&set=a.189145141136251.61389.189123901138375&type=1&theater
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. · 294 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. · 295 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. · 295 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! · 354 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. · 354 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. · 661 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. · 661 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. · 916 days ago
  • travel_vic · saw him at Claiborne aged 24, still looked like he could run · 916 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? · 949 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. · 948 days ago
What did this horse do? Sorry I don't know much besides that Whiteley trained him.....
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  • buckpasser · Yes TBD. You would enjoy it · 993 days ago
  • TampaBayDowns Fan · I skimmed through it. I meant to get around to read it, just didn't find time. I will get it asap and read it as fast as possible · 993 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.
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..... · 1380 days ago
  • morethanready111 · There really wasn't much separating Dr. Fager and Damascus. They were both the cream of the crop! Truly spectacular. · 1325 days ago
Just yesterday Damascus was at 9.0 and now he's at 8.93! This is ridiculous! He's an all-time great! If you don't know what you're doing, don't vote!!!
  • iThoroughbred · I totally agree with Jackie999. We even see the all mighty Secretariat going DOWN. This is pure craziness! All the hard work these horses put into this sport and yet people still don't give these horses credit that they all should have. Such a shame! · 1326 days ago
I just completed the past performance history for Damascus with a record of 32 21 7 3. What an amazing horse and probably best summed up by his rider, the late Bill Shoemaker:"He showed me guts in the Remsen. We were slammed against the rail -and that would be enough to take the starch out of some horses- but he recovered and came on to win. I made a couple of runs with him, and he didn't fail me. Most horses don't want to make more than one run." 1967 Horse of the Year this was a horse full of spirited heart and drive. If anyone can find anymore video please add them in.
  • iThoroughbred · I have two horses out of him! GREAT horses...well built, well mannered and SMART. Such athletes in the ring. They can really take a fence and they've never knocked a rail. I keep raising them to higher levels and they take the fences like they are nothing. LOVE LOVE LOVE Damascus! · 1367 days ago

Damascus - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View Details10/26/68Damascus4thBel72 milesDJockey Club Gold Cup 4+ MQuicken Tree Funny FellowChampon3:22.80
View Details09/28/68Damascus2ndBel71 1/4 mDWoodward 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 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 Stakes 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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