He also hit his head in the gate too
I believe Pete Anderson rode him in the Derby and said he was like riding a giraffe
She also foaled a top horse in SirGaylord which was before Secretariat.
Entered stud in 2016 at Diamond B Farm, Mohrsville PA. He did not breed any mares and is no longer at this farm (Jan 2017). This statement was on pedigree enquiry
I doubt that is the reason either. But my point was that in the past the gelding restrictions may well have prevented top horses from targeting or running in certain races and challenging other top horses. This was true in the TC and in races like the JCGC etc. that helped decide year end honors in several divisions.
My point was to explain the various restrictions in the TC races particularly the Belmont Stakes and may explain why certain horses that ran in the other TC races did not run in the Belmont Stakes.
Old Rosebud, a top horse of the past and a Derby winner ended up in claiming races as did champion Grey Lag.
That would well be true. The article in the Turf and Sport Digest was basically lamenting the gelding ban itself and used the prevented meeting of two top horses in Citation and Armed as a way to push for its change.
If you want to read how the 1986 Tax Act affected racing and was one of the underlying factors in Alydar's death/murder, read Ann Auerbach's book Wild Ride which is a detailed account of the fall of Calumet Farm.
As I gather, literally the bottom fell out of the sales market because of its implementation.
Thanks Slew. Many fans think that racing years past is the same as today. Which it is not. As an aside things like the gelding restrictions which hampered the careers of horses like Roamer, Exterminator and Armed etc. is one of the reasons I find it very hard to compare horses from other eras. Exterminator's career is one that was severely impacted by the gelding restrictions. Literally he would win an edition of a stakes race one year only to be unable to compete in the same stakes race the next year. It also explains one of the reasons he never met MOW in the JCGC. Further many turf writers decried the gelding restrictions which prevented Armed from meeting Citation in the JCGC when Armed was at the top of his game.
The Triple Crown is certainly a big deal and winning it is an amazing accomplishment, particularly today. However, it should be noted that years past geldings were prohibited from running in the Belmont Stakes from around 1919 to 1956. Further there were restrictions as well that a horse had to be entered in the Belmont Futurity in order to enter the Belmont Stakes. This restriction was also removed. The Preakness had gelding restrictions as well, but they were removed earlier. The Derby is the only TC race that never had gelding restrictions. Although Matt Winn put them in with WWI and then immediately removed them.
The gelding prohibition was in part due to WWI, but there were also racing dignitaries like August Belmont, Walter Vosburgh who wanted American racing to mirror European racing. It is not uncommon to find many editions of races like the Pimlico Futurity, Lawrence Realization, Dwyer, Whitney etc. where geldings were not allowed. For instance the JCGC did not remove the gelding restriction until 1957 when Buckpasser's half brother Bureaucracy ran in the race. There have been views that Exterminator could have run in the first edition because of his birthdate, but it isn't clear.
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