On Seattle Slew's page there was a discussion between Sullivan and Buckpasser 883 days ago mentioning Colin at a Virginia farm. I kept reading, saw Joseph Widener and Elmendorf, and Googled to get more details. If anyone knows how to find more about the Thoroughbred Record, it would be our resident historian Buckpasser.
The 1923 Thoroughbred Record has an ad from Faraway Farms, with Man o' War's stud fee at $2500. Nursery Farm has Fair Play's fee listed at $2000. Monietta Stud has Upset listed at $250, and Sir Barton is listed by Audley Farm at $1000. Joseph Widener's address for Elmendorf is simply Land Title Building, Philadelphia, PA. https://books.google.com/books?id=fkY5AQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA262&lpg=RA1-PA262&dq=belray+horse+farm+va&source=bl&ots=4ib7eZkh8R&sig=vMlCxOXADFDM7XiX6ybsEViKlc4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi59bz6nbbQAhXl1IMKHe2_AckQ6AEIMjAD#v=onepage&q&f=false
Greatest of all time will be debated forever. Should a horse who lost 5 of 21 starts be declared the best ever? In the first race he was nearly knocked to his knees at the start by Quebec. The other four may have an excuse, but nothing as dramatic. The three races beginning with a W were certainly disappointing.
The Meadow Stables colt appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated before the Derby, demonstrating his immense popularity at the time. Secretatiat is fondly remembered as the horse who won the Triple Crown after a 25 year drought, his Belmont performance, and for still holding the three speed records after 43 seasons.
Arrogate ran a great race in running down this years Horse of the Year. He obviously has a nice combination of speed and stamina. Three months ago this allowance horse was not on many fans radar, and now he's discussed as the definite 3 Year Old Colt and maybe even Horse of the Year. I'm looking for another blockbuster performance from these two in the Pegasus World Cup, with Chrome taking home the marbles. I'd like to see Art win more more big one in his career. Arrogate will have plenty of opportunities for glory later on.
It's fitting that Gary Stevens and Mike Smith, the two most experienced jockeys in racing, went down to the wire, nose to nose, in nearly a dead heat. These guys have more than 60 years between them in the saddle. Amazing.
On At The Races this morning, most guests were picking every horse but Beholder to win the Distaff. Part of what makes this last race so special. Older males, females and geldings still winning are exceptional.
So very happy for Beholder and her connections. The race lived up to it's billing, one for the ages. What a way to go out as a champion.
Congratulations again to this Virginia bred. Agreed, Pebbles, the demise of Beholder as a winningis
The love of a horse named Damascus was the lure that brought Steve Haskin from a 21 year old stockbroker to the world of thoroughbreds. Forty eight years later, he is still going strong every week on Blood-Horse and At The Races. Haskin's description of his favorite - “Not only was Damascus durable, brilliant, classy, and one of the soundest, healthiest horses ever, he possessed the most devastating turn of foot I have ever witnessed.” The author has said that he never imagined a racehorse would pave the road he would take in life. Thank you, Damascus. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/177542/damascus-is-most-underrated-horse-of-all-time
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