How many more races would he have won if he raced under today's conditions where no horse is burdened with 130-140 lbs. like Kelso had to carry in so many of his races?
Crowley....Jimmy Jerkens had a terrific meet.
I usually wager on anything the Jerkens family enters. Sometimes more $$$ than others. Been betting Wicked since the Remsen, and VE Day ran big in the Curlin before the Travers. Jimmy's barn was on fire, and the 3rd and 4th finishers were very playable. But Vic, if you don't believe me, I really don't care.
55th greatest all time thoroughbred race horse? Really?
53rd greatest thoroughbred in history? Really?
Well I did read it...and yes perhaps I took it the wrong way. Look, I wasn't just complaining about Shared Belief...I was making a general statement...the list is full of current runners. SB could end up being a superstar...but too early to make that call.
Mary, Mike and amino:
Rules are rules. I think you are all missing the point. Rank the greatest when their careers are complete. That's what this list was meant to be by the creators of this website. If you have a problem with that, tell them. If you continue to place upstart horses with the greats, the Hall of Famers, etc. you make a mockery of the authenticity of this list. It's too bad.
For a more realistic and accurate list, check out the Bloodhorse top 100.
I already said in my earlier comments that he was in another zone during the Spring of 1973 Triple Crown races. Just like Prove Out was in that zone in the Fall of '73. Maybe the tough campaign took it's toll a bit in the Woodward. I'm not trying to compare them, but only the fact that thoroughbreds can reach incredible form at times.
And you try selling the weight makes no difference to someone who may believe you. If it was true, why in the Hell did they create handicap races to begin with? Please Hannah, enough of that.
BTW, my wife and I were at Belmont on June 3, 1973 when Sec won the Belmont Stakes. It was an experience I will never forget. Still have the pocket program. And pictures I took as he rumbled down the stretch. We had GREAT seats!
The only races to rival the excitement of that day in a race I was present at was the wildest crowd I ever heard at Saratoga when Rachel Alexandra beat the older colts in the Woodward, the 1978 Belmont with Affirmed and Alydar, and when Kelso beat his nemesis Gun Bow in the Aqueduct Stakes in 1964 when it was thought Kelso was over the hill. (He won his last of the 5 straight HOTY titles that year.) Those were the days 50,000 people would show up any Saturday when Kelso, Buckpasser, Dr Fager and other greats were running at Aqueduct or Belmont. Those days are sadly gone except for the BC or Triple Crown races.
BTW, I'm tired of seeing current horses being rated in the in the TOP 250 OF ALL TIME". Horses with a 3 or 4 starts, etc. Does anyone pay attention to the criteria above? The top 250 is LIMITED TO HORSES NO LONGER IN TRAINING< meaning retired. Current runners should be ranked in other lists.
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