Nice to see Ben back in the winners circle after his outside run down the stretch. Wishing him safe trips this year and a retirement at Old Friends so I can visit on a trip to Kentucky.
Nashua was an excellent horse and deserves better rankings here, as do many dozens more. Forego wasn't bad either. Voted top sprinter while winning the two mile JCGC the same year. Nice performances from a 17.3 hh heavyweight.
These times are all 87 years ago or more. t_v mentions steel shoes and poor track maintenance in the old days. Buckpasser reminds us how wet and heavy the tracks could be back then. All factors which developed slower times. Exterminator ran his Derby having never gone past 6 furlongs. He had not run a race in an unbelievable 10 months. Willis Kilmer had Remlik Hall Farm just an hour away from me in Urbanna, VA. The quarter mile indoor training track still stands, now being used to store hay. It was an experience last year to stand in the middle of the track, in the same spot where Old Bones and Peanuts might have tread almost a hundred years ago.
April 17, 1972 : Ruffian was foaled at Claiborne Farm. Trainer Frank
Whiteley, also of Damascus fame, said she was the fastest
thoroughbred that he had ever seen. In just her third race, the
Astoria Stakes, she went off at odds of 1-10. Ten nice finishes -
Shug McGaughey and the Phipps Stable have had a remarkable relationship for 30 years. I especially liked the black silks and cherry red cap on Personal Ensign and Easy Goer. Wishing the best for the Phipps and Janney families and their continued racing future.
An employee of Meadow Stables from 50 years ago gave a lot of color on the birthday celebration tour this weekend. Mr. Street actually built Secretariat's foaling shed, which he said Riva Ridge was born in also. Fund raising is in progress to renovate the stables and transform Christopher Chenery's office into a museum. Penny's last racehorse, Groundshaker, was on hand and will become a permanent resident.
That's a nice run of wins by Lukas. As Kate Tweedy told us yesterday at the birthday celebration, Meadow Stables is the only farm/owner to win 5 out of 6 consecutive races. Lucien Laurin had incredible luck to have Riva Ridge and Secretariat back to back.
Since Copernica was an undefeated racehorse at the time, that makes her a good one in my book. She sure as H wasn't bad. Getting back to the question - do horses sometimes have their heart broken when they are beaten? Author Jane Schwartz, Charlsie Cantey and others have said this is what happened in the Fashion.
In the Fashion Stakes, the good one eyed filly Copernica, daughter of Nijinsky II, had the field beat by 13, except for Ruffian who was 7 lengths ahead. It is said that this loss broke the Mack Miller trained filly's heart, and she never had the same sparkle on the track again. How common is this after a devastating defeat?
Ron Turcotte and Victor Espinoza hold the record for winning five out of six consecutive Triple Crown races. Minus a wet track in Riva's Preakness and Matterhorn's left hoof in Chrome's Belmont, the results could have been even more spectacular.
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