Kissin' George was brought back at age 10 and 11. His record at 11 was decent at 14: 5-4-1, but his earnings were only $13,383. One of the best sprinters in the country in the late '60's, he was obviously relegated to running in low level claimers. Buster Millerick also trained Native Diver, the first California bred to earn $1,000,000.
At Secretariat's birthday celebration a couple years ago, Eddie Maple told me Cielo was one of the three best horses he rode. Too bad he could not follow up the Met Mile with that brilliant Belmont a mere five days later. We'll likely never see a trainer running his horse in two grueling G1's so close together like these again. Here is Woody honing his training skills at age six with the family pony - https://67.media.tumblr.com/70e2c33a3141b6c670845fb6958cd6ac/tumblr_mzqdy0sFRe1s3x20no1_500.jpg
I was waiting for someone else to answer you, Gymsocks. In Dr. Fager's last race, which made him a millionaire by $2,642, he carried 139, after John Nerud brashly asked Tommy Trotter to put 145 on his back so he could go out with a bang. The race was run on a slow, deep winterized track in November. All Dr. Fager did was run 7 f in 1:20 1/5, one second off the track and 1/5 off the world record. The splits were :43 4/5 and 1:07 4/5, with Kissin' George taking second by six lengths. This race capped off what I consider to be the finest single season ever, in which The Doc garnered Horse of the Year, Turf, Older Male and Sprint titles. Kissin' George continued to race and at age 11 was 14: 5-4-1.
The next year the Vosburgh was won by Dr. Fager's half sister out of Aspidistra, Ta Wee. Dr. Fager took the Champion Sprint title in 1967 & 1968, Ta Wee in 1969 & 1970. Together, Dr. Fager and Ta Wee finished first in 34 of 43 combined starts and carried 130 pounds or more in their final seven career starts. 15.1 hh Ta Wee carried 142 pounds in her last start, the Interborough Handicap, giving 29 pounds to runner up Hasty Hitter. This brother-sister duo could carry weight and fly.
The Preakness loss emphasizes what a remarkable colt Seattle Slew was. The only trainer to guide a most demanding thoroughbred undefeated through the Triple Crown has yet to be admitted to the Racing Hall of Fame.
Solow is a mighty good horse, trained by the successful ex jockey Freddy Head. Four wins riding in the Arc, two Breeders' Cup Miles on Miesque and more recently the three BC mile victories with Goldikova, and now wins with Solow stamp him as one of the most accomplished jockeys turned trainer. There is no guarantee that Solow would be good on dirt, but he sure is dynamite on grass. Great geldings are the best.
Sham also still holds the record in the Santa Anita Derby with Lucky Debonair and Indian Charlie at 1:47.00.
Paul Reddam has a horse with the talent and a jockey with the smarts to go all the way through the Belmont. Reminiscent of 1977. Like a dolt I bet against Nyquist and Exaggerator trying to win big yesterday. Lesson learned. Good luck to Team Reddam at Pimlico.
Nice to see Ben back in the winners circle after his outside run down the stretch. Wishing him safe trips this year and a retirement at Old Friends so I can visit on a trip to Kentucky.
Nashua was an excellent horse and deserves better rankings here, as do many dozens more. Forego wasn't bad either. Voted top sprinter while winning the two mile JCGC the same year. Nice performances from a 17.3 hh heavyweight.
These times are all 87 years ago or more. t_v mentions steel shoes and poor track maintenance in the old days. Buckpasser reminds us how wet and heavy the tracks could be back then. All factors which developed slower times. Exterminator ran his Derby having never gone past 6 furlongs. He had not run a race in an unbelievable 10 months. Willis Kilmer had Remlik Hall Farm just an hour away from me in Urbanna, VA. The quarter mile indoor training track still stands, now being used to store hay. It was an experience last year to stand in the middle of the track, in the same spot where Old Bones and Peanuts might have tread almost a hundred years ago.
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