If that's your criteria, then Kelso surely is the best of all time with NINE track records including TWO world records, one on dirt, the other on grass. The one on dirt still stands to this day.
Still have a major problem naming Sec the best of all time. He lost FOUR races to inferior horses at equal weights or actually getting 7 pounds in one of those losses. Man'O War, won 20 of 21. Native Dancer won 21 of 22. Kelso beat more Hall of Famers and Champion horses than any other thoroughbred in history.
Prove Out was just another example of how great H.Allen Jerkens was.
A terribly mismanaged horse. Entered into the 1996 Derby with a bad leg, and still ran his heart out and had the lead into the stretch. Nick Zito took over as trainer at the end of Song's career, and he tied a track record at Gulfstream in his last race after which he was injured and retired for good. Zito is on record as saying Song may have been the fastest colt he every trained.
This colt may be the best foreign entry ever. Certainly not one to ignore May 3.
List the champions and Hall of Famers he beat. Then check the list of greats Kelso beat, often spotting them substantial weight. That's why.
Somewhat forgotten, people may not realize how good she was. Spotted her competition all kinds of weight, but was still a champion at 2, 3 & 4. One of her best efforts was when she took on the colts in the 1962 Florida Derby and lost by a nose to Ridan.
Some might call him the "Giant Killer". When in fact, HE was the true Giant. Greatest trainer in my lifetime. There never will be another like him.
Amazingly, after setting the world record 3:19 1/5 on 10/31/64 in the 1964 JCGC (breaking his own record of 3:19 2/5 in the 1960 JCGC) he set the turf record of 2:23 4/5 on 11/11/64, only ELEVEN days later. They just don't make them like that anymore.
Not when you compare the overall competition. The best horse he beat was Damascus, as long as the "rabbit" Hedevar wasn't in the race. And he was nosed out for second by Buckpasser who basically ran on three legs in the 1967 Woodward. Dr. Fager was a great horse no doubt. He would have perhaps beaten any one in a match race due to his running style. But I rate by WHO and HOW MANY a horse beat in their career. And that's why Kelso is #1.
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