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Gen. Duke

Status:
Deceased
Owner(s):
Trainer:
Bred:
Kentucky (USA) by Calumet
Pedigree:
Bull Lea  -  Wistful  by  Sun Again
Rating:
 
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Gen. Duke the Forgotten Star......was as good or better than any three year old in the 1957 crop that is still acknowledged as the deepest three year old crop ever. In fact, this crop was so deep that of the nine horses that started in the Kentucky Derby, 7 of them had either tied or set track records in races leading up to it and was the reason that only nine started in the race compared to 17 the year before and 14 the year following. There is no telling how great Gen. Duke could have been. Early in the year he defeated Bold Ruler twice (Florida Derby and Everglades), and lost to him twice (Flamingo and Bahamas). When Bold Ruler won the 9F Flamingo by a head over Gen. Duke in 1.47, it was the fastest time ever for a three year old. One week later Gen. Duke turned the tables and defeated Bold Ruler by 1 1/2L in the Florida Derby in 1.46 4/5, the new fastest time ever for a three year old and it also matched the current world’s record…….The big four that year who all set numerous track and world’s records were Bold Ruler, three year old champ and HOY and a winner of 10 stakes in 1957 and 18 in his career…..Round Table a future HOY and multiple champion who won 31 stakes throughout his career including 11 in 1957, and who is also acknowledged as perhaps America’s greatest turf horse and one of the best grass horses all time……Gallant Man a HOF inductee who included wins in the Belmont and Travers in his 6 stakes wins in1957, and with 9 stakes wins overall…..Gen. Duke very lightly raced but still managing to leave his mark against the top horses of his time including three steaks in 1957 leading up to the Derby Trial, his last race……Iron Liege, Gen. Duke’s stable mate, in spite of winning the Derby, was not really in the same class on a consistent basis as the top four but still won 5 stakes in 1957 and a minor stake following year…….Promised Land, who won 6 stakes in 1957 and 10 in his career……Federal Hill a speedster who won two stakes in 1957 (including the Derby Trial over Gen. Duke with Iron Liege second last) and two others at two……and Better Bee which won a single stakes in 1957, but 7 more when older……Gen. Duke was retired after the Derby Trial on the eve of the Derby and was considered the probable favorite in the race if he would have run. What was thought to be a bone bruise turned out to be a fracture. The following year when he was diagnosed as a wobbler he was euthanized, a sad ending to a great horse.
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  • buckpasser · CFC. You are right about HOY after 1936. But I was just pointing out that though MOW was considered HOY, it was not "official" since the real award was started with Granville in 1936. I was just pointing out this three generational awards. · 339 days ago
  • buckpasser · CFC. You could also add another three generation with Tom Fool, Buckpasser and La Prevoyante who was named HOY in the National Turf Writers Poll while Secretariat was named HOY in the others. · 339 days ago
GEN.DUKE MY FAVORITE RACE HORSE OF ALL TIME 1957 FLORIDA DERBY 146.4 TIED WORLD RECORD.
  • Sullivan · Good one in a great crop, better than Iron Liege maybe · 340 days ago
  • CauseForConcern · As much as I love horse racing, this horse intrigued me as a story that I never knew, that I wanted to know more. Seems like the sadness of his career being cut short might've been a good story about what could've been. · 340 days ago
Here's a lovely thread topic, that no one could truly argue or cause a catfight: If you could bring ONE racehorse back (from injury, death, retirement, etc), who would it be and why? Mine is obvious: BARBARO. Gen Duke also. Landaluce. Ruffian. Hail to Reason. Who would you bring back?
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  • Buckpasser · Thans Rafi. I knew he ran in England, but wasn't sure how successful he was. She would definitely be on my list of top fillies. · 546 days ago
  • LAZMANNICK · Nice list of fillies and mares Rafi, but I still think you have to wedge Personal Ensign, Regret and Susan’s Girl in there somewhere and it would probably be appropriate if we identified it as a N/A list. Some great Euro and Southern Hemisphere fillies and mares also to ensure that we don’t get angered and wrathed. · 546 days ago
To think that the class of '57 had so many that were to be labelled "Legendary", and then there was this one. In the Florida Derby, he would tie a world record for a 1 1/8(1:46 4/5). The prep races leading up that year's Kentucky Derby had records that were tied, or broken, at Hialeah, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream, Jamaica, and Keeneland. The names of Bold Ruler, Round Table, Gallant Man, Iron Liege, and Federal Hill became commonplace that year. I just wonder how great Gen. Duke would've been, had he been able to run. The Florida Derby would be his last race.
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  • CauseForConcern · I just happened to trip upon his name. What little I could read about him, made me realize that in a year when so many good ones came around, he could've been the head of this class, if not for setbacks. · 547 days ago
  • Buckpasser · Gen. duke was a nice horse and the favorite from Calumet to win the Derby. His dam was top race are Wistful who won the CCOA, Kentucky Oaks and Pimlico Oaks. He developed wobblers syndrome and could not breed. If you go to Calumet, he is buried in their cometary there. · 547 days ago

Gen. Duke - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View Details03/30/57Gen. Duke1stGP81 1/8 mDFlorida Derby-G1 3 MGen. DukeBold RulerIron Liege1:46.80
View Details03/01/57Gen. Duke2ndHia81 1/8 mD   Bold RulerGen. DukeFederal Hill1:47.00
View Details02/09/57Gen. Duke2ndHia51 1/16 mDAllow  Iron LiegeGen. DukeMissile1:42.80