I believe Zenyatta won a few grade ones too. I believe 13 including two BCs
It would be. Actually it would be great if someone as wonderful a writer as Hillenbrand could tell their stories.
Two of the best under dog horses were Stymie and Alsab and Market Wise.
Seabiscuit's lifetime record is 89 starts 33 wins 15 seconds 13 thirds. He may have beaten War Admiral, but lost to unknowns such as Victorious Ann and Clapping Jane and Tugboat Frank was shopped around in $2,500 claiming races.
Thanks for the input. I remember some of the issues on his retirement. And I couldn't agree more that Kauto Star should not have been retrained and Nicholls et al were treated shabbily by Smith in not even knowing about the seriousness of KS's condition or bring allowed to say goodbye to him. A great horse who definitely didn't deserve this treatment. Very sad all the way around. By the way on iTunes there is a song entitled Kauto Star sung by Mark Boylan if any one is interested. He also has a great tune about Ruby Walsh too.
The London Times has a story about Kauto Star this morning and the fall he sustained was in the paddock in the yard of the dressage trainer where he was being retrained. There appears from the article that a great deal of bad blood over the decision to retrain him for dressage.
At one point in your post on the front of HRN, you say he was a Cal bred. That is completely incorrect. He was bred in KY by the Phipps family. His sire was Hard Tack who was a son of MOW and was close to be ruled off the track by his starting gate antics. His dam was unraced due to the fact that she had knees like melons. What you don't realize is that Seabiscuit was one of four Wheatley Stable nominees to the Kentucky Derby according to a Turf and Sport Digest of May 1936. It was stated there that out of the Phipps nominees, he was one of only two that were stakes winners. By the time he was offered for sale, Sunny Jim was having second thoughts about him, but the Ogden Mills was not and sold him to Howard. According to Hillenbrand's book, at the match race, Mrs. Phipps was beaming because her faith in Hard Tack as a sire had been confirmed as due to Seabiscuit's fame, Hard Tack was removed from Blue Grass Heights Farm and stood stud at Claiborne. Initially Claiborne had refused the Phipps family to stand him there even though they kept over 200 broodmares at the farm. Sunny Jim had a win ticket in his pocket in Seabiscuit for the match race.
As to the first people's race horse that is debatable. Many would say Exterminator might fill that bill, along with older stars like Imp and Pan Zaretta. Certainly Dan Patch was considered a true legend and a people's horse. The beauty of Hillenbrand's book is that she brought Seabiscuit back to the attention of the public. As to your dismissal of Native Dancer, he appeared on covers of Time and Life. He was the first racing TV star and was extremely popular.
I'm glad that they have a good turnout. Los Al stepped into the breach after HP's demise and put in a lot of money for improvements. I hope their meet is successful.
I am devastated. He was one of the greatest jumpers of all time. To rank clearly with Arkle, Red Rum, Desert Orchid and Golden Miller. An Irish singer Mark Boylan did a wonderful song about him. You can find it on iTunes. RIP Champ
A couple other very nice fillies won the Whitney in addition to the ones you mentioned. Black Maria won the inaugural edition of the Whitney and as a Kentucky Oaks winner beat a Kentucky Derby winner in Whiskery. The next good filly was Champion Bateau, a daughter of Man O War, to win the race. Then there was the very good handicap mare Esposa who won the race.
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