Hopefully a new track will be built
At the very least, they need a map pointing out the various graves. For instance I came upon Allez France's grave completely by accident. She should have had much more done for her as she was one of the greatest racing mares of all time. One I was privileged to see run on several occasions. Jay Trump is I believe buried near the finish line of the steeplechase course there. He was a Grand National winner and I believe the second American bred after Battleship to turn the trick. One can find his Grand National win on YouTube.
Very sad to see it will be redeveloped.
I loved visiting the Horse Park. But I wish they had a book that detailed all of the horses who are buried there and their careers. For instance the great Allez France is buried there as is Jay Trump. There are great Standardbreds there along with famous quarter horses and American Saddlebreds.
Ada L. Rice's Lucky Debonair. That one brings back a lot of memories. Shoe rode him. He won the Santa Anita Derby too and set a stakes record too. That was a top group of three year olds that year. Bold Lad was the top two year and just didn't translate that form to his three year old season. He was beaten in the Wood by Flag Raiser owned by Ethel D. Jacobs and trained by Hirsch. It sticks in my memory he was a former claimer.
This was the horse whom Shoemaker chose to ride instead of Northern Dancer and Hartack picked up the mount. Hill Rise was a top horse and won several races out in CA before the Derby.
My memory of Dark Mirage was that she weighed no more than 750 lbs. but several accounts had her at 710 lbs and in the 14 hands region or just shy of 15 hands. Sadly she didn't make it to the breeding shed.
Ginger McCain worked Red Rum on the Southport Beach which is at the northern end of the Mersey Estuary. Running in the salt water helped control his pedal otitis, which is a demineralization of the coffin bone, and usually results in either euthanasia or retirement. Instead This training method was considered responsible for his unprecedented three wins and two seconds out of five starts in the Grand National.
A good many turf writers of the day thought Citation's three year old campaign made him better than MOW. This included the great writer, David Alexander, who had seen every top horse from Regret onward.
Interesting thing is that Personal Ensign benefited from the pioneering work that was done on her broodmare sire Hoist the Flag. If I remember correctly his cannon bone, had split vertically, and a four-inch long section had snapped off and slid out of place. And then his pastern bone was utterly shattered. I believe he was one of the first to wear a fiberglass cast.
I had a show horse who had HTF in his pedigree and he had a similar injury. I remember talking to a vet about this injury and he said that it seemed HTF offspring were prone to fractures. Hoist the Flag factors in Mastery's pedigree. While it is farther back on the sire side, Buckpasser got his bad feet and perennial quarter cracks from Equipoise who is also farther back on the sire side.
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