At the birthday celebration recently secretariat.com had this same pose of a full size Secretariat on the wall. The horse was huge, with muscles on top of muscles. You should have seen the ladies having their picture taken with the chestnut stallion.
EP Taylor has started a trend. Here's six year old Woody Stephens honing his training skills early: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=664427356941358&set=a.189145141136251.61389.189123901138375&type=1&permPage=1 Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo, with Laffit Pinkay, Jr., was Woody's first of five in a row Belmont winners. The Champion 3 Year Old Colt won the Met Mile just 6 days earlier with Eddie Maple aboard, setting a track record against older horses by 7 lengths. Maple had a spill and broke a rib the day before the Belmont, knocking him out of the race. He won three years later on Creme Fraiche.
My favorite all around racehorse. Kelly won in sprints, two mile routes, on fast dirt, in the slop, and on turf. After racing, he competed as a show jumper and was paraded at tracks, even the day before his passing, on JCGC day with Forego and John Henry. Kelso received thousands of fan letters to Allaire du Pont's Woodstock Farm after his racing days. Number four on the Blood-Horse Top 100 list.
Thanks, guys. I'll take in all your suggestions when I head to Bluegrass country. A great memory was being at the fence at Saratoga and having racehorses work out within feet of me. To hear their breathing, snorting and hoof steps on the main track was magical.
A fun fact about Jim Dandy, winner at 30-1 over a muddy Saratoga track of the 1929 Grand Union Hotel Stakes: his sire Jim Gaffney was runner-up (at 30-1) in the 1907 running of the same race. The winner that day was the 1-5 favorite, Colin.
Hope Grandma hits a nice trifecta, Kaitline. I don't have much time at the tracks, but my first and favorite was Saratoga, filming my pick Questing win the Alabama wire to wire. If I had a week to spend in Kentucky to see a race, tracks and historic farms, when and where should I visit?
This eight year old gelding keeps rolling along for the Laurel and Pimlico fans. He's becoming the Fourstardave of Maryland. What is the record for a racehorse winning at least one race every year at a track?
As Buckpasser mentioned, with five JCGC wins in a row at two miles, Kelso gets the nod from me over Forego. Hill Prince ran the Derby, the Withers a week later, the Preakness the next week, the Suburban 10 days later and then the Belmont after another 10 days. Modern trainers might think this schedule insane. Was running a horse weekly the accepted practice back then? Hill Prince had a good two mile win against Noor in the 1950 JCGC. On the tour last week, I saw the grave of the 1950 Horse of the Year at The Meadow, next to Sun Beau.
EP – The TRF does good work, and deserves much support. I asked Eddie Maple if he thanked Ron Turcotte for being on suspension in Secretariat's last race. Eddie said no, that it can happen to any jockey, and in fact happened to him the next week. I checked a library book out on Virginia horses. A picture of Ron Turcotte being lead by Charlie Davis at the Preakness was described as Turcotte being lead by Eddie Sweat. Charlie laughed at the picture and Kate Chenery Tweedy was surprised, as she knows the author. It goes to show even people who write equestrian books goof occasionally.
At the birthday celebration yesterday, Eddie Maple told me the three best horses he rode were Secretariat, Devil's Bag and Conquistador Cielo. Devil's Bag was bred by your namesake, E.P., at Windfields Maryland farm. I had the pleasure of feeding carrots and apples to a Secretariat grandson, Covert Action. The winner of only 3 races and $26,000 is now a big winner at a local prison. This grandson is the resident “star” at Greener Pastures, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) farm located on the grounds of the James River Correctional Center. Here inmates and retired racehorses get a second chance at a new life. The selected inmates care for the horses in a supervised program and can learn a new career suitable for the horse industry. In fact, Covert Action’s groom has now become a professional farrier. Covert Action did not find much action on the racetrack. Instead he found another calling, thanks to the TRF and its dedicated volunteers. Here's to more racehorses having the chance to find worthwhile careers after life at the track.
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