War Admiral struck his right forefoot at the start of the Belmont, injuring it so badly that he bled the entire mile and a half around the big oval. All the little Admiral did was clock a time of 2:28 3/5 for a new stakes, track and equalling of the American record. The previous track record had been set 17 years earlier in the 1920 Jockey Club Gold Cup by sire Man o' War at 2:28 4/5.
Seventeen year old future equine artist Richard Stone Reeves was impressed by the diminutive thoroughbred showing his literal “red badge of courage” to win the Triple Crown. His thoughts - “A little brown colt raced through the stretch at Belmont Park one June afternoon more than a half-century ago... From a personal point of view, he was racing solidly into my life as well, and the image he left with me that afternoon has never waned.”
Three legs and a heart - http://horsenetwork.com/2016/06/three-legs-heart/
Barbara Livingston is an award winning photographer, and exceptional at describing the horse she has adored since childhood. I had never seen as many pictures and videos of Man o' War as those in the funeral piece.
Sam Riddle said "We never lifted a jockey to his back that we didn't tell to hold the horse down, so as not to win by too wide a margin." The horse set five American records, seven track records and equalled another track record, while being held back in his races. The chart footnotes read “restrained at end,” “restrained in stretch,” “won under pull,” “eased final 1/8,” “under a pull,” “never extended,” “easing late,” “taken up final 1/16th,” “won easing up,” “speed in reserve”. . .
It's easy for some to compare Man o' War with their favorite, with maybe 50 or more years between them. Their favorite might not have run under heavy restraint in nearly every race. Or carried 130 six times at two. Or carried 138 at three, spotting as much as 32 pounds to his rivals in some contests. Slower tracks, heavier shoes and different nutrition were all factors in 1920. Interesting that trainer Louis Feustel galloped Man o' War's grandsire Hastings.
Ta Wee being greeted by Mom and brother. Aspidistra, the only foal from Tilly Rose, became a broodmare of champions. Dr. Fager and Ta Wee may be the fastest brother-sister pair ever.21cb8c4a661dd32fed93.jpg
The mighty Damascus at work. Willie Shoemaker and Damascus won the Belmont Stakes in 1967. Shoe and the sire of Damascus, Sword Dancer, captured the Belmont in 1959.
A fantastic story, slewcrew. I sent this to Penny's daughter. Kate was thrilled to learn that Secretariat has a living son. I imagine that Fast Market may be the oldest living offspring now. Glad to know that he ran 144 races and retired sound. Bev Dee is a saint. We need more like her. I sent the story to the president of our local TRF chapter as well. Thanks for your post.
Kelso won the two mile Jockey Club Gold Cup five years in a row. In the 1964 version, his last, he set the American dirt record at 3:19 1/5, which still stands. Princequillo also ran some good distance races. What other thoroughbreds should be considered among the best at long routes?
Only King Leatherbury knows for sure. I'd like to see him run a Spring allowance race. Then come in first in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint, a race he has won a record five times. It would be a dramatic way to retire in style. Ben is an 11 year old sprinter, after all, and getting a bit long in the tooth.
Fed Ben carrots today at his Virginia winter farm. He's tall and healthy, with a coat that glistens in the sun. Wishing the old boy all the best this year.
As an exercise rider over 60 years ago, Art Sherman came to Gulfstream Park in a train with Swaps. The California Comet set a track and world record for the mile and 70 in the Broward Handicap. Now the 79 year old trainer is back at the same track, with a chance to see the finest horse he has trained, and one of the two best he has worked with, go out in style.
Arrogate may win by daylight. Keen Ice may pull off the impossible and do it again. I'd like to see the two favorites blazing down the stretch, nose to nose, with the elder winning by inches. It would be another Beholder moment for the sport, and earn the two time Horse of the Year a colossal win in his last race.
Most of all, I would like to see a victory for Art, who's biggest thrill as a jockey was when he beat his idol Eddie Arcaro. Alan Sherman, Raul Rodriguez and Dihigi Gladney have done nice work in keeping this six year old in good form. Hoping to see a safe trip for all, and a big smile from Victor Espinoza at the end.
Personal Ensign beat Winning Colors, a Lukas trained filly, in her Breeders Cup Distaff to go undefeated. Seven years later, her daughter My Flag won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies. My Flag defeated two Lukas trained fillies, in the mud, passing them at the wire as Personal Ensign had done in that historic last race. Another seven years later, My Flag's daughter Storm Flag Flying looked beaten in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies with 100 yards to go. Storm Flag Flying surged ahead of Composure to make it three generations of Breeders Cup winning fillies, all trained by Shug McGaughey. At four, Storm Flag Flying had the distinction to win the Personal Ensign Stakes over Azeri.
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