If any horse had terrible feet it was Equipoise or his relative Buckpasser. Both were champions whose trainers tailored their works etc. to their physical problems. Red Rum had pedal osteitis which is demineralization of the coffin bone and usually results in retirement or euthanasia. His trainer, Ginger McCain trained the horse in the salt water on the sands off the Mersey Estuary. He won three Grand Nationals and finished second in two others which is a record that will probably never be equalled. Seabiscuit was a crotchety cripple that Tom Smith made into a champion. A famous story concerning Seabiscuit was the time the old champion limped onto the race track at Bay Meadows. A reporter yelled to Tom Smith that his horse couldn't walk, Smith replied: runs though.
Hopefully so. I think Dortmund, given his size, needed more time to mature. Trainers, like Baffert, who run very large stables don't always have the time to devote to a particular horse. Clearly Sherman does.
He wouldn't be the first horse to benefit from a change in trainer and be the big fish in a little pond, so to speak. Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons was certainly one of the greatest trainers but in the 1930's he had not only the Phipps Family but Belair Stud as clients and while he saw potential in Seabiscuit, it was Tom Smith who brought it to the forefront. Red Rum had been through four trainers before reaching Ginger McCain, a small time trainer who ran a used car dealership. It was under his care and training, that Red Rum won three Grand Nationals even though he suffered from an incurable bone disease. Few horses have seen the number of trainers that Exterminator had, five I believe, given the antics of the hot tempered Willis Kilmer who once destroyed a radio in his rage because Sun Beau had taken the lead in race against his orders.
Thanks. There are also a number of very nice fillies who were standouts, but not necessarily all champions, though some were. This would include Twosy, Miz Clementine, Level Best, Evening Out, Regal Gleam, Lady Pitt, Miss Cavandish, What A Treat, Old Hat, Straight Deal, Primonetta, Now What, Beaugay, Fairy Chant, Mar-Kell etc.
Thanks. Lisa. Yes if he were a gelding and had that sire record, well it would be pretty remarkable.
Trust me he's not a gelding. Look it up.
Some of the great old time fillies: Miss Woodford, Beldame, Princess Doreen, Imp, Artful, Pan Zareta, Black Maria ( who won the first Whitney over a Derby winner in Whiskery and a Belmont Stakes winnner in Chance Shot), Maskette, Vagrancy, Myrtlewood, Regret, Top Flight, Cleopatra, Mata Hari. Then you have Busher, Twilight Tear, Gallorette, Bewitch, Durazna, Bridal Flower ( who defeated Assault in his TC year in the Roamer Handicap), First Flight ( defeated Miss Disco), Wistful, But Why Not. 1950's and 1960's saw fillies like: Bed O' Roses, Doubledogdare, High Voltage, Idun, Busanda, Next Move, Silver Spoon, Searching, Pucker Up, Real Delight, Two Lea, Affectionately, Cicada, Airman's Guide, Tosmah, Lamb Chop, Moccasin, Gamely, Furl Sail, Dark Mirage, Shuvee, Process Shot, Ta Wee, Bowl of Flowers, Primonetta, Priceless Gem ( the dam of Allez France)
Loved Dark Mirage. People forget Shuvee ran against Gallant Bloom, Process Shot and Ta Wee.
John P. Grier was not gelding. He sired a very nice horse in Jack High and unbeaten two year old champion 1938 El Chico.
Here are a few top geldings in addition to the ones you mention: Armed, Roamer, Old Rosebud, Roseben
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