Devil Diver has the distinction of being the only horse to win the Met Mile three years in a row (1943, 1944 and 1945). Shut Out was Devil Diver's stable mate and frequent rival, also foaled in 1939. Coincidentally, Shut Out's sire Equipoise also won the Met Mile three times (1932, 1933 and 1934), but was disqualified in his last attempt.
Devil Diver had an inside quarter of his off forefoot that was flat instead of concave. This and injuries to other hooves in his career gave him a lot of pain, as you say. Nevertheless, he carried high weight of between 130 and 140 pounds in many races. Any idea how many times he and Shut Out faced each other, and what the score was between them? I'm guessing it was overwhelming in Devil Diver's favor. Here's a good account of great handicap horses from Roseben to Forego - https://books.google.com/books?id=TSXvAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA59&lpg=PA59&dq=devil+diver+horse&source=bl&ots=K9S0Eq-K8q&sig=AwZqtAl44ElVWO1s4NC1e0P9HS8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jWxCVeWmJYjYggSV8IFw&ved=0CFMQ6AEwDA#v=onepage&q=devil%20diver%20horse&f=false
reversecowboy - Are you referring to Round Table's 1:58 3/5 time in the 1957 Hollywood Gold Cup? A nice time, but not the Best in the West. Spectacular Bid still holds the national record for his 1980 Strub Stakes time of 1:57 4/5, once again over Flying Paster. http://www.horsehats.com/horse-racing-records.html Who was the best on grass, Round Table or John Henry?
Shut Out and Devil Diver are not as well known as the others, Buckpasser. Both were foaled the same year at Greentree and trained by John Gaver. Arcaro had his choice of the stablemates in the Derby, and chose wrong, with Shut Out winning the Derby and Belmont. Devil Diver proved to be the better of the two, and is the only horse to win the Metropolitan Handicap three years straight.
Nashua-Swaps and all the races mentioned below were great for the sport. After their first meeting in the Youthful, Alydar and Affirmed went nine more rounds, with neither finishing less than second. They were a dominant pair. Their last, the Travers, proved less than satisfying. In the end, Affirmed won seven of ten, with five wins by a half-length or less.
2:00:00 in the mud to win by 15. Secretariat as sire and Native Dancer as grandsire.
Yes, these three were all good runners. Risen Star might eclipse Lady's Secret if he had beaten Winning Colors in his Derby. Bold Ruler, Secretariat and Risen Star all won the Preakness and also took three old male honors.
Nice tribute to Lady's Secret, Fred. The Iron Lady was Secretariat's best offspring, with her 8 G 1's and Horse of the Year honors in 1986. Cigar matched her G 1's nine years later in his banner year.
The best of luck in your quest, Kaitlin. The Horse of the Year who ran 171 times deserves this recognition. Maybe some of the historians in the group like Buckpasser, Laz or others can help you.
Good to see you back, Laz. Look forward to reading more of those abundant facts you keep upstairs.
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