Ta Wee being greeted by Mom and brother. Aspidistra, the only foal from Tilly Rose, became a broodmare of champions. Dr. Fager and Ta Wee may be the fastest brother-sister pair ever.21cb8c4a661dd32fed93.jpg
The mighty Damascus at work. Willie Shoemaker and Damascus won the Belmont Stakes in 1967. Shoe and the sire of Damascus, Sword Dancer, captured the Belmont in 1959.
A fantastic story, slewcrew. I sent this to Penny's daughter. Kate was thrilled to learn that Secretariat has a living son. I imagine that Fast Market may be the oldest living offspring now. Glad to know that he ran 144 races and retired sound. Bev Dee is a saint. We need more like her. I sent the story to the president of our local TRF chapter as well. Thanks for your post.
Kelso won the two mile Jockey Club Gold Cup five years in a row. In the 1964 version, his last, he set the American dirt record at 3:19 1/5, which still stands. Princequillo also ran some good distance races. What other thoroughbreds should be considered among the best at long routes?
Only King Leatherbury knows for sure. I'd like to see him run a Spring allowance race. Then come in first in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint, a race he has won a record five times. It would be a dramatic way to retire in style. Ben is an 11 year old sprinter, after all, and getting a bit long in the tooth.
Fed Ben carrots today at his Virginia winter farm. He's tall and healthy, with a coat that glistens in the sun. Wishing the old boy all the best this year.
As an exercise rider over 60 years ago, Art Sherman came to Gulfstream Park in a train with Swaps. The California Comet set a track and world record for the mile and 70 in the Broward Handicap. Now the 79 year old trainer is back at the same track, with a chance to see the finest horse he has trained, and one of the two best he has worked with, go out in style.
Arrogate may win by daylight. Keen Ice may pull off the impossible and do it again. I'd like to see the two favorites blazing down the stretch, nose to nose, with the elder winning by inches. It would be another Beholder moment for the sport, and earn the two time Horse of the Year a colossal win in his last race.
Most of all, I would like to see a victory for Art, who's biggest thrill as a jockey was when he beat his idol Eddie Arcaro. Alan Sherman, Raul Rodriguez and Dihigi Gladney have done nice work in keeping this six year old in good form. Hoping to see a safe trip for all, and a big smile from Victor Espinoza at the end.
Personal Ensign beat Winning Colors, a Lukas trained filly, in her Breeders Cup Distaff to go undefeated. Seven years later, her daughter My Flag won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies. My Flag defeated two Lukas trained fillies, in the mud, passing them at the wire as Personal Ensign had done in that historic last race. Another seven years later, My Flag's daughter Storm Flag Flying looked beaten in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies with 100 yards to go. Storm Flag Flying surged ahead of Composure to make it three generations of Breeders Cup winning fillies, all trained by Shug McGaughey. At four, Storm Flag Flying had the distinction to win the Personal Ensign Stakes over Azeri.
Christmas Eve I passed by the house that Christopher Chenery grew up in. We were walking the neighborhoods to see the lights in Ashland, VA, a railroad town near the historic farm that was started in the 30's. The house is located on, of all names, Race Course Street. In 35+ years, Meadow Stud and Meadow Farm enjoyed great success with broodmares Hildene, Imperatrice, Iberia and Somethingroyal, Hill Prince, First Landing, Cicada, Sirgaylord (sp. to appease the mods), First Family, Syrian Sea, Riva Ridge, Secretariat and other stakes winners.
Too many of the famous thoroughbred farms have been lost over time. At Doswell you can still see the training barn, the yearling barn, the stallion barn, Riva's and Secretariat's foaling shed and a horse cemetery. Sun Beau is buried there next to Hill Prince. Leased from Willis Kilmer's wife, Sun Beau produced the farm's first stakes winner, Mangohick. An Images of America book was under the tree about the history of our county, Hanover. Cracking the book halfway through, the first picture I saw was of the Camptown Races held in the 1950's at Meadow Farm.
For a horse ranked fifth best in the twentieth century by Blood-Horse, Count Fleet seems to have few admirers. His sire Reigh Count was Horse of the Year in 1928, a title that Count Fleet himself earned in 1943. The Count's son Counterpoint was Horse of the Year in 1951. To add icing on the cake, son One Count was selected by DRF as the Horse of the Year in 1952, splitting honors with two year old Native Dancer. Three generations of thoroughbreds winning Horse of the Year is remarkable.
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