As good as this finish looked, cedar, it could have been even faster. Here's Braulio Baeza remembering the race - "The day he set the world record at Arlington Park, he won by ten. I was easing him up at the quarter pole. I looked back and no one was coming. If I knew he was setting the world record, all I had to do was chirp to him and he would’ve lowered the record even more."
Bobby Flay had impeccable timing with his purchase on Wednesday, having the pleasure of leading Creator into the winners circle on Saturday. Yes, three grays in the money, Ruffianlover, and a nice finish for Tapit.
Eddie said the three best horses he road were Secretariat, Cielo and Devil's Bag. The year before, in 2013, there were 1200 fans in that same room to see Penny and Ron Turcotte. It was the last time this duo has been back to Meadow Farm. Standing in line for autographs was a lady in front of me from Washington state and an owner behind me from California. I was lucky as I live just 20 miles away.
I hear what you and Ferrisjso are saying, Mary. Billy Turner does not have the record of Baffert, Jerkens or Whittingham. He hasn't had the many multiple numbers of stakes winners. Czaravich, Gaviola and Punch Line had success, but nothing like the Triple Crown champion. The fact that Turner took Seattle Slew undefeated through the Belmont puts him in select company – himself. I suppose there's satisfaction in knowing that he was the one who under tremendous pressure got the job done.
Billy Turner brought Slew along with patience and care. He did not rush the colt as a two year old, and plotted a brilliant 3 year old campaign to take the Belmont. It would be fitting to see the Turner plaque hanging at the Hall of Fame with his peers.
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.
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