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Top Row

Status:
Deceased
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Bred:
Pennsylvania (USA) by Mrs. Elsie Cassatt Stewart  -  [Add Data]
Pedigree:
Peanuts  -  Too High  by  High Time
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Most people know the rags to riches stories of Stymie, Carry Back and John Henry, but few know the history of the gritty campaigner, Top Row, who rose from the claiming ranks to win the 1936 Santa Anita Handicap. His sire, Peanuts was bred by William Woodward and descended from excellent European stock, being by Ambassador IV a son of Dark Ronald out of a Sardanaple mare--Agnes Sard. Because of his small stature, Peanuts was consigned to the Saratoga Sales where he bought the rock-bottom price of $2,100. In his long career, he accounted for 12 stakes races, including the Brooklyn, Saranac and Edgemere, and left top horses: Display, Crusader, Black Maria, and Sarazen in his wake. Top Row's dam, Too High, by High Time was triplely inbred to Domino, but managed only occasionally to find the winner's circle in 29 starts. The result of this mating was a diminutive bay horse with Arabian-like features and a docile nature. His two year old season was highly forgettable, with two second place finishes out of eight starts and paltry earnings of $350. His three yr old season started out in similar fashion. It wasn't until the fall meeting at Belmont Park that his efforts were finally rewarded; winning a maiden under 109 lbs. in the time of 1:09 for the mile contest. Moving on to Narragansett and the claiming ranks, Top Row would win two more races: one at a mile and the other at a 1 1/16 mile. In the latter race, Albert Baroni would claim Top Row for $3,500. Bert Baroni was an Italian immigrant who started a restaurant and gaming business in Reno, Nevada. With the profits, he purchased race horses, which he trained himself, and ran at minor tracks. While in Chicago, Baroni was summoned to a meeting with the notorious Al Capone. Shortly afterwards, he was arrested and indicted but never tried for allegedly giving a horse heroin. An inadvertent remark made by a competitor at a poker game would result in Baroni's claim of Top Row. Although he felt Top Row was good value for $3,500, Baroni passed on another horse for a similar price because of his faulty conformation. That horse was Seabiscuit. For his new owner, Top Row would start in the What Cheer Handicap at Narragansett. Among the entrants were nice handicappers: Lady Reigh, Time Supply, Faireno and Mr. Khyyam. Top Row would tote 105 and win by two lengths setting a new track record of 1:43 2/5 for the 1 1/16 mile. But in an ironic twist, he would be disqualified for interference with the second horse, Lady Reigh, raced by his former owner. Top Row was wheeled back five days later for an overnight race. While he went off 1-2, he never managed to threaten and finished a dull fourth. Eyebrows were raised when Baroni decided to leave the East Coast and try Top Row in California with his objective --the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap. His debut on the West Coast was the 1 1/16 mile San Francisco Handicap at Bay Meadows, in which Top Row came through on the rail as they turned for home and won easily over a field which included future Big Cap winner, Azucar. His time of 1:42 was a new world record, which after some grumbling by the stewards, was allowed to stand. After this impressive victory, he would lose his way finishing: 4th to Time Supply in the Bay Meadows Handicap; 4th to the nice filly, High Glee, in the Christmas Stakes; a lackluster 9th in the 1935 New Year Stakes at Santa Anita; and a fast closing third in the San Carlos at Bay Meadows. The inaugural Big Cap of 1935 was his next start. The diminutive ex-claimer was given little chance to upset the star-studded field, which included racing immortals: Equipoise, Mate and Twenty Grand and was sent off at 27-1. Top Row started off slowly, racing in 16th place out of 20 for most of the race, but began to move forward and weaving in and out of runners was a fast closing 4th to ex-steeplechaser, Azucar. This impressive finish moved Top Row into the upper echelon of handicappers. In rapid succession, he ticked off a 2nd to Head Play in
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  • buckpasser · Tom. I'll look into that. Thanks for the input. · 191 days ago
  • buckpasser · Cocoa pointed out I made a mistake. I think autocorrect assumed the 109. He carried 109 but his time for the mile was 1:39 not 1:09. Not sure why,but if I type in a number once, it assumes I want that number again and changes it. Thought I had proofread it all, but I didn't. Thanks for the correction. · 191 days ago

Top Row - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View Details03/05/38Top Row15thSA61 1/4 mDSanta Anita Handicap 3+ MStagehandSeabiscuitPompoon2:01.60
View Details01/01/36Top Row1stSA11 1/4 mDSanta Anita Handicap 3+ MTop Row  2:04.20
View Details10/16/35Top Row1stSuf131 1/8 mDMassachusetts Handicap 3+ MTop RowWhopperDiscovery1:49.40
View Details01/01/35Top Row1stWaP11 1/2mDGreat Western Hdcp 3+ MTop Row   
View Details01/01/35Top Row1stArl11 1/8 mDWaggoner Memorial Hdcp 3+ MTop Row   
View Details01/01/35Top Row1stSA1 DChristmas Stakes 3+ MTop Row   
View Details01/01/35Top Row3rdSar11 3/16 mDMerchants' and Citizens' Hdcp 3+ MDiscovery Top Row 
View Details01/01/35Top Row1stNAR11 3/16 mDNarragansett Special Hdcp 3+ MTop Row  1:55.80
View Details01/01/35Top Row1stEMP11 3/16 mDEmpire City Handicap 3+ MTop Row  1:51.00
View Details01/01/34Top Row1stBM11 1/16 mDSan Francisco Handicap 3 MTop Row  1:42.00