The horse that made me a Racing fan when I was a kid was Carry Back, the modestly bred small colt who would make some of the most startling come from behind victories ever seen (check out the 1961 Derby and Preakness). I rooted for him in all his races, and sometimes my uncle brought me to the Big A and Belmont to see him run. He was able to beat Kelso twice, setting track records both times but also carrying less weight than Kelso (1962 Met Mile and Monmouth H'Cap). But Kelso beat Carry back 5 times in their 7 meetings. After CB retired in '63, I became a fan of Kelso as time went on. He just kept winning every year when he had to. Five HOTY titles will never be equaled.
If the top criteria is which thoroughbred beat the most other great/very good/Hall of Famers/and other champions while usually carrying and spotting so much weight, surely Kelso was the best of all time
Was in another zone during the 1973 Triple Crown races. Was very good the rest of his career, but not as good as those 6 weeks in '73.
It would nice to see Jimmy have a champion in the year the greatest trainer in my lifetime, IMO, his father H.Allen Jerkens passed away.
Off only 7 starts? Finished out of the money at Saratoga.
Sorry, no way top 100. Won't be in the Hall Of Fame off 7 starts. Your love of that horse is admirable. But not totally rational.
Never set a track record. And was in trouble when challenged on the lead. The BC Classic would have been a much different race has Liam's Map and Beholder were in the field. When AP is the lone speed, the race is over.
MAYBE top ten, more logical top 15 or so.
Top ten yes, number #2, no way.
You're kidding, right?
Noor, along with Exceller, are the only two horse I know of who beat TWO Triple Crown winners. (Assault & Citation; Affirmed and Seattle Slew)
Me too. Some rated way too high. Any horse in the top 100 or so should be Hall Of Famers unless recently retired.
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