August192014
The great filly Mata Hari, a two-time champion of the 1930’s, was a horse bred perfectly by chanceIt was a pleasant spring day in 1930 at Charles T. Fisher’s picturesque Dixiana Farm, and a team of six farmhands were trying desperately to load a mare into a van. She was War Woman, a four-year-old chestnut daughter of Man o’ War, and she absolutely had no interest in complying. She was supposed to be sent to the nearby Whitney farm for a breeding date with their 19-year-old stallion Pennant, but after wrestling with the stubborn mare for some time, the men conceded defeat. Instead, she was bred to Dixiana’s unraced stallion Peter Hastings, another son of Peter Pan. The next year, War Woman foaled a brown filly who was “as headstrong as her dam and as fast as anything of her sex”. Mata Hari, produced by chance, would become not only a champion on the track, but also a foundation mare at Dixiana

The great filly Mata Hari, a two-time champion of the 1930’s, was a horse bred perfectly by chance

It was a pleasant spring day in 1930 at Charles T. Fisher’s picturesque Dixiana Farm, and a team of six farmhands were trying desperately to load a mare into a van. She was War Woman, a four-year-old chestnut daughter of Man o’ War, and she absolutely had no interest in complying. She was supposed to be sent to the nearby Whitney farm for a breeding date with their 19-year-old stallion Pennant, but after wrestling with the stubborn mare for some time, the men conceded defeat. Instead, she was bred to Dixiana’s unraced stallion Peter Hastings, another son of Peter Pan. The next year, War Woman foaled a brown filly who was “as headstrong as her dam and as fast as anything of her sex”. Mata Hari, produced by chance, would become not only a champion on the track, but also a foundation mare at Dixiana

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3-year-old Armageddon, a son of Alsab, carries the colors of Cain Hoy Stable to victory in the 1952 Withers Stakes, with Horse of the Year One Count in second
Armageddon was outfitted with unique racing gear. As a juvenile, he had been struck in the left eye by a loose stone while winning the Champagne Stakes at Belmont, and had lost sight in the eye. In his first race at three, he “took another blow in his injured eye”. In order to protect his horse’s seemingly magnetic eye, trainer Moody Jolley “equipped Armageddon with blinkers entirely closed on the left side”, which he wore for the first time in the Withers. After going very wide around the turn, Armageddon conceded many lengths to his rivals, but he then “went past them just as his sire might have done” and won by 3 1/2 lengths going away

It was the last big victory of Armageddon’s career. His races were often spoiled by his blindness and the “confusion and timidity resulting from the disappearance of the inner rail from his field of vision”. He did leave a nice legacy as a stallion, though. His son Battle Joined, winner of the 1961 Saratoga Special and 1962 Lawrence Realization, would go on to sire champion and 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack

3-year-old Armageddon, a son of Alsab, carries the colors of Cain Hoy Stable to victory in the 1952 Withers Stakes, with Horse of the Year One Count in second

Armageddon was outfitted with unique racing gear. As a juvenile, he had been struck in the left eye by a loose stone while winning the Champagne Stakes at Belmont, and had lost sight in the eye. In his first race at three, he “took another blow in his injured eye”. In order to protect his horse’s seemingly magnetic eye, trainer Moody Jolley “equipped Armageddon with blinkers entirely closed on the left side”, which he wore for the first time in the Withers. After going very wide around the turn, Armageddon conceded many lengths to his rivals, but he then “went past them just as his sire might have done” and won by 3 1/2 lengths going away

It was the last big victory of Armageddon’s career. His races were often spoiled by his blindness and the “confusion and timidity resulting from the disappearance of the inner rail from his field of vision”. He did leave a nice legacy as a stallion, though. His son Battle Joined, winner of the 1961 Saratoga Special and 1962 Lawrence Realization, would go on to sire champion and 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack

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Case Ace, as he appeared during his stud career
Case Ace was born in 1934, the son of top French stallion *Teddy and a stakes-winning mare named Sweetheart. He raced 9 times during his racing career, and won 6 of them, including the 1936 Arlington Futurity and 1937 Illinois Derby. Following his retirement, Case Ace stood stud at Harmony Hollow in New Jersey.
From his fourth crop, born in 1942, came his best racer: Pavot. Pavot was out of a Man o’ War mare named Coquelicot, and he was a stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4. He was named the Champion Juvenile Colt of 1944 after winning the Hopeful, Futurity, Grand Union Hotel, and Saratoga Special. At 3, Pavot won the Belmont, and at 4, he took the Jockey Club Gold Cup. 
Case Ace’s best racing daughter was Good Call, born in 1950. She won the Beverly, Correction, and Yo Tambien Handicaps, and ran second behind Woodward Stakes winner Pet Bully in the 1954 Washington Park Handicap. 
Other notable offspring of Case Ace included: 1951 Metropolitan Handicap winner Casemate; Starecase, winner of the second division of the 1952 Inaugural Handicap, Master Ace, who won the 1954 Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth Park in track record time, and 1953 Astoria Stakes winner Case Goods

Case Ace, as he appeared during his stud career

Case Ace was born in 1934, the son of top French stallion *Teddy and a stakes-winning mare named Sweetheart. He raced 9 times during his racing career, and won 6 of them, including the 1936 Arlington Futurity and 1937 Illinois Derby. Following his retirement, Case Ace stood stud at Harmony Hollow in New Jersey.

From his fourth crop, born in 1942, came his best racer: Pavot. Pavot was out of a Man o’ War mare named Coquelicot, and he was a stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4. He was named the Champion Juvenile Colt of 1944 after winning the Hopeful, Futurity, Grand Union Hotel, and Saratoga Special. At 3, Pavot won the Belmont, and at 4, he took the Jockey Club Gold Cup. 

Case Ace’s best racing daughter was Good Call, born in 1950. She won the Beverly, Correction, and Yo Tambien Handicaps, and ran second behind Woodward Stakes winner Pet Bully in the 1954 Washington Park Handicap. 

Other notable offspring of Case Ace included: 1951 Metropolitan Handicap winner Casemate; Starecase, winner of the second division of the 1952 Inaugural Handicap, Master Ace, who won the 1954 Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth Park in track record time, and 1953 Astoria Stakes winner Case Goods

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Canadian stallion Nearctic
A son of undefeated Italian champion Nearco, Nearctic was the Canadian Champion Juvenile Colt of 1956 and was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, but he was more well known at stud. His most famous son was undoubtedly Northern Dancer, the 1964 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Horse of the Year, whose bloodlines carry strong through the breed even today.

Canadian stallion Nearctic

A son of undefeated Italian champion Nearco, Nearctic was the Canadian Champion Juvenile Colt of 1956 and was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, but he was more well known at stud. His most famous son was undoubtedly Northern Dancer, the 1964 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Horse of the Year, whose bloodlines carry strong through the breed even today.

August182014
6-year-old mare One Dreamer winning the 1994 Breeder’s Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs

6-year-old mare One Dreamer winning the 1994 Breeder’s Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs

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Rampart, “a little black mare who refused to quit”, holds off the charge of the gelding Armed to win the 1948 Gulfstream Handicap by a nose
Armed had been named Horse of the Year for 1947, and he began the next season at Gulfstream. On January 15, the last day of the meet, he was the heavy favorite to win the Handicap, which had drawn only a small, six-horse field. Rampart, a six-year-old daughter of largely unknown stallion Trace Call and a Man o’ War mare named Boat, had won the Biscayne Bay Handicap on December 13, but had been most recently seen finishing fifth in the Hallandale Handicap. She got into the Gulfstream Handicap carrying 103 pounds, while Armed toted 130. Ridden by veteran jockey Mike Basile, Rampart led the field from start to finish of the 1 1/4 miles. Armed stalked the pace and made a furious charge in the stretch, but Rampart held onto a scant nose victory in the end. Her time was 3/5 of a second off the stakes record, which had been set by Armed the previous year. 
"There is no quit in Armed…but there was no quit in the horse ahead of him either"

Rampart, “a little black mare who refused to quit”, holds off the charge of the gelding Armed to win the 1948 Gulfstream Handicap by a nose

Armed had been named Horse of the Year for 1947, and he began the next season at Gulfstream. On January 15, the last day of the meet, he was the heavy favorite to win the Handicap, which had drawn only a small, six-horse field. Rampart, a six-year-old daughter of largely unknown stallion Trace Call and a Man o’ War mare named Boat, had won the Biscayne Bay Handicap on December 13, but had been most recently seen finishing fifth in the Hallandale Handicap. She got into the Gulfstream Handicap carrying 103 pounds, while Armed toted 130. Ridden by veteran jockey Mike Basile, Rampart led the field from start to finish of the 1 1/4 miles. Armed stalked the pace and made a furious charge in the stretch, but Rampart held onto a scant nose victory in the end. Her time was 3/5 of a second off the stakes record, which had been set by Armed the previous year. 

"There is no quit in Armed…but there was no quit in the horse ahead of him either"

August162014
Best Pal 
(Habitony - Ubetshedid)
Three time California Horse of the Year, winner of the 1991 Pacific Classic, 1992 Santa Anita Handicap, and 1993 Hollywood Gold Cup. Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2010

Best Pal 

(Habitony - Ubetshedid)

Three time California Horse of the Year, winner of the 1991 Pacific Classic, 1992 Santa Anita Handicap, and 1993 Hollywood Gold Cup. Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2010

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Rapturesrevenge said: “Megan we need a blaze-faced filly club like we have for the boys. I nominate these two girls, of course.”

Dude, Quaze Quilt’s blaze was super terrific 

See also: Flawlessly

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Blaze-faced Quaze Quilt upsets Triple Tiara winner Chris Evert in the 1974 Alabama Stakes at “The Graveyard of Champions”, Saratoga 
Quaze Quilt was not a hopeless longshot, having won the Kentucky Oaks and one division of the Test, but everyone involved more or less expected Chris Evert to have an easy time of it. She was coming into the Alabama fresh off her 50+ length thrashing of rival Miss Musket in their Hollywood Park match race, and she was bet down to be the 1-2 favorite. Quaze Quilt was paired with her stablemate, Acorn Stakes winner Special Team, and the pair was the 5-1 third choice. The race belonged to Quaze Quilt, though, and she held her lead over Chris Evert from start to finish. Her winning time of 2:02 3/5 for the 1 1/4 miles was a stakes record that stood until 1976
Jockey Heliodoro Gustines, who was the regular rider of Horse of the Year Forego and picked up the mount on Quaze Quilt due to her jockey’s illness, said afterwards: “Boy, what a pick-up! She’s one game filly. They told me to set the pace, steal it or make a false pace. She ran so easy. I had no trouble and we didn’t have to use her too much too early, and she had a good kick left in the stretch.”

Blaze-faced Quaze Quilt upsets Triple Tiara winner Chris Evert in the 1974 Alabama Stakes at “The Graveyard of Champions”, Saratoga 

Quaze Quilt was not a hopeless longshot, having won the Kentucky Oaks and one division of the Test, but everyone involved more or less expected Chris Evert to have an easy time of it. She was coming into the Alabama fresh off her 50+ length thrashing of rival Miss Musket in their Hollywood Park match race, and she was bet down to be the 1-2 favorite. Quaze Quilt was paired with her stablemate, Acorn Stakes winner Special Team, and the pair was the 5-1 third choice. The race belonged to Quaze Quilt, though, and she held her lead over Chris Evert from start to finish. Her winning time of 2:02 3/5 for the 1 1/4 miles was a stakes record that stood until 1976

Jockey Heliodoro Gustines, who was the regular rider of Horse of the Year Forego and picked up the mount on Quaze Quilt due to her jockey’s illness, said afterwards: “Boy, what a pick-up! She’s one game filly. They told me to set the pace, steal it or make a false pace. She ran so easy. I had no trouble and we didn’t have to use her too much too early, and she had a good kick left in the stretch.”

August152014
5-year-old Exclusive Nashua drawing away to win the 1964 Armed Handicap at Gulfstream by 2 1/2 lengths. Among the pack were beaten favorite Near Man (who then held the six-furlong track record at Aqueduct), and To Market and Hyde Park Stakes winner Jet Traffic. Exclusive Nashua was, fittingly enough, a son of 1955 Horse of the Year Nashua and excellent broodmare Exclusive. He was also a half-brother to Exclusive Native, sire of Triple Crown winner Affirmed and champion filly Genuine Risk

5-year-old Exclusive Nashua drawing away to win the 1964 Armed Handicap at Gulfstream by 2 1/2 lengths. Among the pack were beaten favorite Near Man (who then held the six-furlong track record at Aqueduct), and To Market and Hyde Park Stakes winner Jet Traffic

Exclusive Nashua was, fittingly enough, a son of 1955 Horse of the Year Nashua and excellent broodmare Exclusive. He was also a half-brother to Exclusive Native, sire of Triple Crown winner Affirmed and champion filly Genuine Risk

August142014

webuiltthepyramids said: When I patted Union Rags, I told him "Megan says hi." :)

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YOU ARE JUST THE BEST PERSON EVER UGGGGGG 

(The noise I made was not human. I woke up my dog from halfway across the room and she started howling)

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webuiltthepyramids:

Union Rags at Lane’s End Farm (my photo).

webuiltthepyramids:

Union Rags at Lane’s End Farm (my photo).

August132014

Top Turf Stars of 1905

Artful - 3-year-old filly, winner of the Brighton Handicap. 1905 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly 

Bellsnicker - Juvenile gelding, winner of the Midwood Stakes

Hylas - 4-year-old gelding, champion steeplechaser

Burgomaster - Juvenile colt, winner of the Flash Stakes, Great Eastern Handicap, Matron Stakes, and United States Hotel Stakes. 1905 Champion Juvenile Colt

Roseben - 4-year-old gelding, winner of the Toboggan, Manhattan, and Bronx Highweight Handicaps

Sysonby - 3-year-old colt, winner of the Metropolitan and Commonwealth Handicaps, as well as the Lawrence Realization and Brighton Derby. 1905 Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt 

St Bellane - 3-year-old gelding, winner of the Municipal Handicap and Belmont Autumn Weight-For-Age Handicap

Perverse - Juvenile filly, winning the Champagne Stakes over fellow filly Whimsical. 1905 Champion Juvenile Filly

Hamburg Belle - 4-year-old mare, winner of the Coney Island Handicap and Equality Stakes