Decidedly's sire Determine was also a Grey and a nice runner too. Determine also sired another Grey horse who was a champion, Warfare
Could add one of the greatest chasers of all time who was a Grey: Desert Orchid
He also hit his head in the gate too
I believe Pete Anderson rode him in the Derby and said he was like riding a giraffe
She also foaled a top horse in SirGaylord which was before Secretariat.
Entered stud in 2016 at Diamond B Farm, Mohrsville PA. He did not breed any mares and is no longer at this farm (Jan 2017). This statement was on pedigree enquiry
I doubt that is the reason either. But my point was that in the past the gelding restrictions may well have prevented top horses from targeting or running in certain races and challenging other top horses. This was true in the TC and in races like the JCGC etc. that helped decide year end honors in several divisions.
My point was to explain the various restrictions in the TC races particularly the Belmont Stakes and may explain why certain horses that ran in the other TC races did not run in the Belmont Stakes.
Old Rosebud, a top horse of the past and a Derby winner ended up in claiming races as did champion Grey Lag.
That would well be true. The article in the Turf and Sport Digest was basically lamenting the gelding ban itself and used the prevented meeting of two top horses in Citation and Armed as a way to push for its change.
If you want to read how the 1986 Tax Act affected racing and was one of the underlying factors in Alydar's death/murder, read Ann Auerbach's book Wild Ride which is a detailed account of the fall of Calumet Farm.
As I gather, literally the bottom fell out of the sales market because of its implementation.
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