Odds are against the gelding, but I'd like to see Game On Dude take one more Big 'Cap. Game On Dude/Will Take Charge/Mucho Macho Man.
Nice picture of Damascus. His 22 length win in the 1967 Travers must have been impressive. Daddy Sword Dancer won the 1959 version.
For this year, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will leave the Kelso Handicap as a G2. It would be nice to see it bumped up next year in recognition of one of the best. Interesting that the race started out at one of Kelso's best distances, two miles, but now has been dropped down to eight furlongs. cocoa I hope that G1's aren't inundated with corporate names taking the place of historic thoroughbreds. I never liked calling Hollywood Park Betfair, or hearing “The Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands.”
Laz, I heard Steve Haskin tell Steve Byk on At the Races a few weeks ago that incredulously, these three have no race named for them. Neither Steve could fathom a reason why. Last year Santa Anita hosted the $100,000 Damascus Stakes for 3 year olds going 7 furlongs on dirt. This year the race is nowhere to be seen.
As Laz has stated and I agree, the greatest field of dirt milers ever gathered in one race was in the 1967 Woodward when Damascus defeated Buckpasser and Dr. Fager. Many dozens of lesser horses have stakes races named after them. In 2014 there is not a graded stakes race named in their honor. Why not these three multiple record setters and Horses of the Year?
Last year at Secretariat's birthday celebration, Ron Turcotte told some folks in the crowd that at the end of his racing career, Secretariat was just starting to learn how to race well. This surprised me, but now after reading on HRN that horses don't mature until age 5 or so, it makes sense. The debate seemed to have played out, thus the comment on Dr. Fager's speed in the Washington Park, no comparison. I'm still curious what the best quarter horse could do at half a mile.
Going back to the quarter horse discussion from last month – Dr. Fager ran :20 3/5 in the second quarter of his world record 1:32 1/5 mile at Arlington. The fastest quarter horse can best this from the gate. What can the swiftest quarter horse do from 2 to 4 furlongs? Looking at the thoroughbred speed records, what stands out is that Dr. Fager carried more weight than any other, 134 for his mile. His time for a distance that is routinely run has held for 46 years, only tied by Najran carrying 21 less pounds, but never beaten.
The combination of a horse with the talent of Secretariat and a jockey as honest, well liked and as good as Ron Turcotte is hard to beat when they are at the top of their game. Which North American horse would you place just below Red?
Mrs. Tweedy has been very gracious with the racing public for over 40 years. When I lived in Vermont, I sent Kate's book out to Denver. She and Penny signed it and mailed it back to me. Last year I met them at Secretariat's 43rd birthday celebration at The Meadow. A family with four kids had driven many hours from Kentucky with multiples of Breyer Secretariats still in the box for autographs. They were right in front of me in line, and it was a thrill for Penny to take the time to give these young Secretariat fans a lasting memory. How did you acquire the horseshoe, and was her letter to establish provenance?
Buckpasser: You were there the day Personal Ensign made history at Churchill Downs. It was well known that she didn't like an off track. Her connections must have felt ill when the rains came down, knowing that she was about to finish her career, in the race of her life, on a track not to her liking. If this had not been the Distaff, but another G1, would Shug have scratched her? Trivia fact: Winning Colors jockey is the only one who raced in the first Breeders Cup in 1984, and in the 30th edition last year, where he did very well.
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