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Who was better, Assault or Armed?
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  • Buckpasser · LAZ. It is a tough one as you had a very deep handicap division. I don't believe Armed met Stymie in his top year of 1947. · 1041 days ago
  • LAZMANNICK · IMO, these horses were very close. In 1946 Assault was voted three year old champ and HOY; and in the Bloodhorse Top 100 was pegged at #33. His best year was at three when he won the TC, Experimental Free Handicap, Wood Memorial, and later in the year defeated older horses in the Pimlico Special and Westchester. His record that year was 15-8-2-3 and a highlight, besides winning the TC, was splitting wins against Stymie in a rivalry that would accelerate the following year with both horses defeating each other. Though he was HOY in 1946 I think it was his TC that actually was the decider because he did have a 6 race losing streak after it before winning his final two starts. The following year, though only running 7 times, he rattled off 5 straight wins in the Grey Lag, Dixie, Suburban, Brooklyn and Butler, all handicaps, and carried as much as 135 lbs. in the Butler when he defeated Stymie and Gallorette, 133 in the Brooklyn when again defeating Stymie, and 130 lbs. in the Surburban when getting the 10F in a then swift 2.01 4/5. The race that possibly cost him a second consecutive HOY was a Special Match Race against Armed, a race that Armed led all the way and won by 8 lengths while running normal race fractions. Assault did face Noor in 1950 when 7 in a 9F allowance and the Hollywood Gold Cup, losing both, but by then he was only a pale semblance of himself and those were his final two races in a career that spanned 6 years (42-18-6-7)……………Armed was a real warhorse with a record of (81-41-20-10) spanning 7 seasons. He was voted #39 on the Bloodhorse Topp 100 list, was champion handicap horse in 1946-47 and HOY in 1947 with a record of (17-11-4-1-1); and in 10 of those races carried 130 lbs. or more. He was good at all distances up to 10F (9 wins at 10F) and actually ran in a lot of allowance sprints (38 of his 81 starts) used mostly as prep races. The sad part is that after his 1947 HOY campaign he won only 6 races in what would be his final 18 starts and never won a stakes after 1947 even though he raced to 1950. Perhaps it was his two meetings with stable mate Citation in February 1948, only two months removed from his HOY and Handicap Champ campaign, that broke his spirit. Citation, just turned three, soundly defeated him both times. Citation’s three year-old running mate, Coaltown, also Armed’s stable mate, beat him all four times they met the following year in 1949. Both Armed and Assault were good horses, but the way in which Citation handled Armed at distances in which he was very good at, and having just secured multi titles two months before, just goes to show you that even when rated in the top 30 of so many thousands of race horses, it’s still a long way from the top three. · 1040 days ago
The great Assault. Exercise rider up has a FEDORA on ....lol. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=697406910310069&set=a.189145141136251.61389.189123901138375&type=1&theater
Just added a photo of the comet's clubfoot
hes kind of the forgotten Triple Crown winner.
1947, Assault, Aemed, Stymie battled for all time money winner
  • cocoa2 · In 1948 Citation would join ranks and become racing's first millionaire with the aid of 3 hooves. · 1716 days ago
Assault battled Armed and Stymie for all time money earners during 1949
Had a limp at every gait but a gallop.
7th Triple Crown Winner, 1946 Horse of the Year, 42:18 6 7, won $675,470, Texas bred. Had an injury to his right foot that was so severe he was almost destroyed. Instead he wore a special shoe and began racing trained by Max Hirsch. In the Belmont he nearly fell out of the gate and was behind 8 lengths at the second turn. He swung to the outside and drew off to win by 3 lengths. Eddie Arcaro said that next to Citation, Assault was the best horse he ever rode. A simply amazing story about a simply amazing horse.

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