Good times, Pete. I've yet to witness that kind of a performance. We had a member here a couple years ago named footlick who also saw both races. Your tracks in Chicago were lightning fast back then. Swaps had the record since 1956 at 1:33 1/5, set in the Argonaut at Hollywood Park. His time was tied by Intentionally at Washington Park and Pia Star and Hedevar at Arlington. Maybe you saw some of these.
It must be rare to see both sire and dam winning the same race as their offspring. Tom Fool won the Metropolitan, Suburban and Brooklyn to claim the Handicap Triple Crown in his undefeated season. His last, the Pimlico Special, was his fourth consecutive start in a non-betting race.
Another nice article from you, Fred. Interesting that Braulio Baeza rode three year old Buckpasser to set the mile record, and then rode four year old Dr. Fager two years later to break it, both on the same Arlington Park track. In 1966 the
temperature was 94 degrees as Buckpasser beat the record set by Swaps
ten years before, by a full 3/5. The torrid fractions our friend Buckpasser mentioned that the rabbit Impressive ran were :22 1/5, :43 3/5 and 1:06 4/5. Twenty three years later, Buckpasser's grandson Easy Goer, through his dam Relaxing, would set a new mile record for three year olds in the Gotham, shaving Buckpasser's time by 1/5. Having the bad luck to be foaled the same year as Sunday Silence, Easy Goer is one of the best three year olds who did not win an end of the year award at three.
I'll agree with two exceptions. Racing will never see another racehorse who wins five Jockey Club Gold Cups in a row, or five consecutive Horse of the Year titles. There was, after all, only one Kelso.
What could possibly be Nuttiness is someone offering up Jim Dandy, Quiet Little Table, Dark Star, Tikkanen, Volponi etc a month ago, and now talking about Retro fitting correlation and disguising it as some cause and effect.....
People who wagered on 133/1 Arcangues that day are still smiling, with a record payoff of $269.20 for a Breeders Cup race. Jerry Bailey picked up the mount at the last moment, could not understand the instructions from French trainer Andre Fabre, could not pronounce the horses name and just hugged the rail and hoped for the best.
5/1 Funny Proposition had a nice kick to the wire to defeat what many thought would be a sure win for 1/5 Royal Delta.
On that list Secretariat and his Horse of the Year daughter should have a prominent placing.
Many great ones from those years. As good as her performances were, Frank Whiteley had his jockeys hold Ruffian back in her first ten, for fear that she would injure herself. After smacking the gate hard and almost turning sideways, she caught Foolish Pleasure with a :22 1/5 first quarter. I would like to have been there to see a luckier Ruffian win and retire later uninjured. Her foal with Secretariat could have been something special.
California Chrome has 3 G 1's and a G 2, the Derby and Preakness wins, and one bad race in the PA Derby. Bayern has 2 G 1's, 2 G 2's, a dismal Preakness at 9th and an abysmal Travers at 10th. Momentum is clearly on Bayern's side in the latter part of the season. Some would ask how much of the momentum of Moreno and Shared Belief did Bayern compromise in the BC Classic. For me, California Chrome has a much better overall record. He is within two lengths of being both the Triple Crown Champion and winner of the Breeders Cup Classic. That should mean something to the Eclipse voters. We'll see.
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