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John Henry

Status:
Deceased
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Bred:
Kentucky (USA) by Golden Chance Farm
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Which horse is better John Henry or Noble Dancer
Once Double, the Dam of John Henry. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=669797246404369&set=pb.189123901138375.-2207520000.1391531217.&type=3&theater
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  • EP Taylor · Sword- If I find one, I will certainly post it. · 327 days ago
  • airedale2008 · EP, how about posting that picture of 6 year old Woody Stephens with the pony on the Swale page - “Here is how all great trainers start out!” A nice photo preserved for history. · 327 days ago
Blood-Horse Books, formally known as ExclusivelyEquine is having a excellent end of the year sale on books. Several in the Thoroughbred Legends Series are at unbeatable prices. As well as several other books like Top 100 Moments in Racing, Rivalries, Legends of the Turf... etc.... http://shop.bloodhorse.com/collections/sale-books
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  • travel_vic · A good rendition of the horse's history from Louisiana to New Jersey · 365 days ago
  • airedale2008 · I just ordered 12 books at bargain basement prices. $2.50 each for hardcover Thoroughbred Legends normally at $24.95, $1.00 each for the soft covers usually at $14.95. Olympic Equestrian for the better half, $2.00 instead of $28.00. Too bad Seattle Slew was sold out. This inventory won't last, get yours today. · 330 days ago
John Henry’s sire Ole Bob Bowers sold for $900. His dam, Once Double, was undistinguished as a runner or producer. The terrific gelding was from breeding that might best be described as plebeian. Wise Dan’s dam Lisa Danielle won once, a MSW, in seven races. Sire Wiseman’s Ferry’s stud fee was $8,500. How often does the union of a spectacular stallion and mare produce magic on the track, and how often does random luck create a superstar from rather mediocre parents?
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  • Buckpasser · When I think of full siblings who were successful, I always think of Sir Gallahad III and Bull Dog who were top sires and full brothers. Irish Jay who produced to the cover of Bold Ruler two champion two yr olds in King Emperor and Queen Empress; Misty Morn who produced champion full brothers Bold Lad and Successor; Rough Shod who produced Full siblings Moccasin and Ridan. · 392 days ago
  • travel_vic · I have and old Anita program and in the ninth race was Ole Bob Bowers · 392 days ago
Two of the most exciting close finishes for me were John Henry beating the Bart by a lip in the inaugural 1981 Arlington Million, and Personal Ensign running down Winning Colors in the 1988 BC Distaff to win by a nose.
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  • cruisecontrol · Giant's Causeway and Tiznow in the 2000 Breeders Cup. GC just can't quite get there. The camera work was outstanding. I wish they would use it in 2013 · 434 days ago
  • cruisecontrol · Giant's Causeway and Tiznow in the 2000 Breeders Cup. GC just can't quite get there. The camera work was outstanding. I wish they would use it in 2013 · 434 days ago
Two of the most exciting close finishes for me were John Henry beating the Bart by a lip in the inaugural 1981 Arlington Million, and Personal Ensign running down Winning Colors in the 1988 BC Distaff to win by a nose.
John Henry sold for a measly $1100 at the Keeneland January mixed sale, and went on to win $6,592,000 from 1977-1984. He’s one of my favorites, with perhaps the best rags to riches story in racing. A tough warrior who lived to age 32 at the Kentucky Horse Park. What other racehorses had amazing returns on investment?
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  • LAZMANNICK · airedale if Baeza truly believed that then Dr. Fager must have been even better than what most people believe. Personally, from looking at his demeanor in the stretch it looked like he was pretty well spent, but that is just my perspective. I truly believe that he was one of the best horses ever and if he would only have rated possibly could have gone undefeated. · 524 days ago
  • airedale2008 · Here’s a nice page with quotes from Baeza on Dr. Fager, Buckpasser, Roman Brother and Arts & Letters. As I remember, footlick had the good fortune to see both mile records set at Arlington Park. www.brauliobaeza.com/hoy_dr_fager.html‎ · 523 days ago
my favorite video of this great gelding http://www.thehorse.com/videos/30717/walking-with-john-henry
Great video of John Henry winning the '84 Turf Classic on YouTube station, VIntage Horse Racing Videos, at http://www.youtube.com/user/cf1970. (P.S. I love John Henry.)
The BEST. He earned every win and never let his fans down. He put people in the seats and turned on TV sets just to watch him run. He IS the people's horse, rising to the top from common beginnings. He will always be remembered for being a champion.
John Henry: The Steel Driving Racehorse
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  • Sysonby · Yeah, it's a little hard to find. There's a facebook page for the film and you can let the producers know you want to order a copy. It's $15 if you're in the US. · 739 days ago
  • AmbitiousD · Thanks! · 739 days ago
It took him 28 races to get a G1.. And you know how the rest of his career went..Horses sure are handled differently today.. RUN THEM MORE may improve soundness.
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  • loran53@hotmail.com · I bet on John Henry in that claimer he won. The odds were 8-1. Nobody had any idea then what he would become. · 899 days ago
  • travel_vic · Mc Carron often commented that the HORSE made better desicions during a rce than HE DID in where he placed himself in the field. · 899 days ago
I saw Pops race his entire career He is one of my Favorites. He is by far the best Gelding to ever step hoof on a track and I can not believe Hollywood hasn't penned a script yet about his life!
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  • Armada · Greatness can be a matter of opinion. Let Lena have hers :) · 959 days ago
  • icyhotboo · Without opinion this site wouldn't exist. Without argument over that opinion this site wouldn't exist. Stop with the holier than thou BS. I see by your rating of horses (many over and over again) you have a WCB. · 959 days ago
One of Chicago's favorite's The only 2 time winner of the Arlington Million. Millions of photos have been taken of his statue with The Bart of the photo from Arlington million 1
1981 Horse of the Year at 6, receiving every single vote. 1984 Horse of the Year at 9. 1980, 1981, 1983 & 1984 Champion Turf Horse. An exceptional gelding.
  • travel_vic · never overcame that nasty disposition from his maiden win in Kenner LA to his last big one. A the Kentucky Horse Park he accounted for many an injury, BUT that nature was what made him tough. · 1043 days ago
The greatest athlete of all time.....there will never be another one like him:)
  • cocoa2 · Maybe never another like him, but I must say that Michael Jordon, Secretariat, and Jim Brown were better athletes. · 1060 days ago
  • broxtone · Jim Thorpe was probably the best athelete of all time.A dual gold medalist in the olympics and played professional baseball,basketball and football. · 1060 days ago
Thorpe was also a drunk as was Babe Ruth,I guess they were so much better than their peers a little refreshment would make it a little more interesting
No modern day athlete has played in as many professional sports as well as won two gold medals no one is even close
Yeah Im sure the competition wasnt that good,but he never used supplements either
I just checked Thorpe was in the olympics in 1912 and played professional football,basketball,and baseball.In the Olympics he was a decathete.

John Henry - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View Details10/13/84John Henry1stMed81 3/8 m TBallantine Handicap-G1 3+ MJohn HenryWho's For DinnerWin2:13.00
View Details09/22/84John Henry1stBel81 1/2mTTurf Classic-G1 3+ MJohn HenryWinMajesty's Prince2:25.20
View Details08/26/84John Henry1stAP91 1/4 mTArlington Million-G1 3+ MJohn HenryRoyal HeroineGato Del Sol2:01.40
View Details07/23/84John Henry1stHP81 1/2mTSunset Handicap-G1 3+ MJohn HenryLoad The CannonsPair Of Deuces2:24.80
View Details05/28/84John Henry1stHP81 1/2mTHollywood Invitational Turf Hcp-G1 3+ MJohn HenryGalant Vert 2:25.00
View Details05/06/84John Henry1stGG81 3/8 m TGolden Gate Handicap-G3  John HenrySilveyvilleLucence 
View Details12/11/83John Henry1stHP81 3/8 m THollywood Turf Cup-G1 3+ MJohn HenryZalataiaPalikaraki2:16.60
View Details10/31/82John Henry1stSA81 1/2mTOak Tree Invitational -G1 3+ MJohn HenryCraeliusRegalberto2:24.00
View Details11/08/81John Henry1stSA81 1/2mTOak Tree Invitational -G1 3+ MJohn HenrySpence BayThe Bart2:23.40
View Details05/17/81John Henry1stHP81 1/2mTHollywood Invitational Turf Hcp-G1 3+ MJohn HenryCatermanGalaxy Libra2:27.80
View Details03/29/81John Henry1stSA81 1/2mTSan Luis Rey-G1 4+ MJohn HenryObraztsovyFiestero2:25.20
View Details03/08/81John Henry1stSA81 1/4 mDSanta Anita Handicap-G1 4+ MJohn HenryKing Go GoExploded1:59.40
View Details11/16/80John Henry1stSA81 1/2mTOak Tree Invitational -G1 3+ MJohn HenryBalzacBold Tropic2:23.40
View Details05/26/80John Henry1stHP81 1/2mTHollywood Invitational Turf Hcp-G1 3+ MJohn HenryBalzacGo West Young Man2:25.40
View Details04/06/80John Henry1stSA81 3/4 mTSan Juan Capistrano Handicap-G1  John HenryFiesteroThe Very One2:46.80
View Details03/16/80John Henry1stSA81 1/2mTSan Luis Rey-G1  John HenryRelaunchSilver Eagle2:23.00
View Details10/08/78John Henry3rdSA81 1/8 mTVolante Handicap-G3 3 MWayside StationApril AxeJohn Henry1:47.80
View Details09/16/78John Henry1stAP81 1/16 mTRound Table-G3  John HenryGordie H.Bring The Money1:45.80
View Details09/09/78John Henry1stBel57 fTAllow  John HenryGab BagProud Arion1:22.00
View Details08/18/78John Henry5thSar71 1/16 mTAllow  Blue BaronQuipStir The Embers1:41.00
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