Horses for the Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017?

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February 19, 2017 06:51am
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Thunder Gulch: In his 2 year old season he won the Remsen Stakes in 1994. During his 3 year old season, he gained superstardom by winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes, Florida Derby, Swaps Stakes, Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes and Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap in 1995. He received that year an Eclipse Award for U.S. Champion 3 year old colt. Six years later in 2001, he was the leading sire in North America. His owner was Michael Tabor, Trainer was D. Wayne Lukas and Jockey was Gary Stevens. Graded stakes winners he has produced include: Spain, Balance, Point Given and Circle Quay.


Mr. Prospector: Was the leading sire in North America in 1987 and 1988 as well as the leading broodmare sire from 1997-2003 and in both 2005 and 2006. Some Triple Crown stakes winners he has produced include: Conquistador Cielo (1982 Belmont Stakes winner and Horse of the year), Tank's Prospect (1985 Preakness Stakes winner), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000 Kentucky Derby winner) and was the grandsire to 1990 Kentucky Derby, Breeders Cup Classic, and U.S. Champion 3 year old colt Unbridled. His bloodlines go from Victory Gallop to American Pharoah. While not racing in the Triple Crown races, he won the Gravesend Stakes and the Whirlaway Handicap in 1974 and set track records at both Gulfstream Park and Garden State Park.  His owner was Abraham Savin, Trainer was James Croll and he did not have a regular Jockey. He also has The Mr. Prospector Stakes named after him at Gulfstream Park.  


Hansel: Won the Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes and the Tremont Stakes during his 2 year old season in 1990. During his 3 year old season he won the Jim Beam Stakes, Lexington Stakes, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1991. He was named U.S. Champion 3 year old colt in 1991 and has the Hansel Stakes named after him at Turfway Park. His Owners were Lazy Lane Farm, Trainer was Frank Brothers and his regular Jockey was Jerry Bailey. 


Smarty Jones: During his 3 year old season, he took the sports world by storm and won the Count Fleet Stakes, Southwest Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Arkansas Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes in 2004. While going 8-0 through his career and being the first Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to win undefeated since Seattle Slew in 1977, he was narrowly defeated in the Belmont Stakes by Birdstone. His owners are Someday Farm, Trainer was John Servis and Jockey was Stewart Elliott. He received the U.S. Champion 3 year old colt award that year and has stakes races named after him both at Parx Racing and Oaklawn Park.


Unbridled: Won the What A Pleasure Stakes during his 2 year old season in 1989. During his 3 year old season in 1990, he won the Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup Classic. During that same year, he received an Eclipse Award for Champion U.S. 3 Year Old Colt. He had one handicap victory during his 4 year old season which was the Deputy Minister Handicap. He has the Unbridled stakes named after him at Gulfstream Park West, formerly know as Calder Racecourse. His owner was Frances Genter, Trainer was Carl Nafzger and Jockey was Craig Perret. He sired graded stakes winners such as Unbridled's Song, Eddington and Banshee Breeze.




 

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