Lundy was one of the worst certainly. I didn't mention him mainly because most people know about Lundy. Many don't know about how Riddle was regarded or how abusive Ellsworth was.
All on Amazon. Might find some on eBay. Many are ebooks as well. Good luck.
I saw her run and saw the match race itself. Yes she was an incredible horse. You might also like the book Ruffian in the Thoroughbred Legends series. Available on Amazon. The Thoroughbred Legends Series is 24 books about many great racehorses, like Man O War, Native Dancer, Kelso, Exterminator etc. well worth reading.
A couple of other books on Ruffian: Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance by William Nack. Edward Claflin has another book on Ruffian, entitled Ruffian Queen of the Fillies. There is also My Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian
Thanks. And as you know the above names are only the tip of the iceberg.
Yes his breeding was not considered stellar. He didn't bring a great deal in the sales ring.
I've been there. Really enjoyed it.
I remember those days well too. I also remember the '60's with Kelso, Carry Back, Dr. Fager, Damascus, Candy Spots, Ridan, Cicada, Dark Mirage etc. Then there was the '50's with Native Dancer, Tom Fool, Nashua, Swaps, Round Table, Bold Ruler, Gallant Man etc.
Not surprising about his physical problems as Buckpasser was his broodmare sire and had serious hoof issues which hampered his racing career. Also Easy Goer's dam traces back to Broker's Tip, the Derby winner, who was born with a severe calcium deficiency that left him with severe ankle problems.
Depending on his breeding and whose at stud, would probably determine the course. It should be noted that both Seattle Slew and Affirmed were criticized for their breeding.
Interesting point. If CC had won the TC it may well have affected AP's breeding decision too. Last time we had back to back TC winners was Seattle Slew and Affirmed and they raced longer. But then again there was a TC winner at stud then in Secretariat. So who knows. A different time then of course.
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