March202014

Anonymous asked: have you eve seen a really good colored picture of busher, I found your site while looking for one, but all I find are black and white, by the way you have a cool site, all the pictures of the older horses are amazing- love all the whirlaway pics

To my knowledge, there are no color pictures of Busher. But that is only to my knowledge, which means that if there are any, they are in a private collection or just not on the internet (or in any of the books/magazines I own)

To find color pictures of racing mares from the 30’s-40’s is difficult, because most of the color pictures of older champions are taken during their stud career. Stallions, especially popular/famous ones, are always easier to get to than mares. Thus, color pictures are more common of older male champions 

Such as War Admiral:

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Omaha:

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Whirlaway:

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Count Fleet:

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Anyways, thanks for the message!

March162014
Mr Longtail and Friend
1941 Triple Crown champion Whirlaway bedding down for a nap with groom Dan Barnett

Mr Longtail and Friend

1941 Triple Crown champion Whirlaway bedding down for a nap with groom Dan Barnett

3PM
High Voltage and Eddie Arcaro 
Born in 1952, High Voltage was a gray daughter of imported French stallion *Ambiorix. Her dam was Dynamo, a herself a daughter of champion juvenile Menow
Carrying the colors of breeder/owner Wheatley Stable and trained by “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, High Voltage won a swath of important races as a juvenile in 1954. Her victories included many races which are now considered Grade 1 events, such as the Matron Stakes, as well as lesser races like the Selima and Colleen Stakes. In the Matron, she defeated future Kentucky Oaks winner Lalun. Her performances earned her the title of Champion Juvenile Filly for the year
In 1955, the gray filly won the Acorn Stakes and again defeated Lalun in taking the Coaching Club American Oaks. She added the Delaware Oaks, Vineland Handicap, and Black Eyed Susan Stakes to her record, but was still beaten out for the title of Champion 3-Year-Old Filly by stablemate Misty Morn, who had defeated males
After her retirement, High Voltage was sent to the best stallions in the country. She produced foals by Bold Ruler, *Ribot, and *Princequillo. Her son Impressive (by *Court Martial) was the Champion Sprinter of 1966 and once bested Buckpasser. Great Power, one of her Bold Ruler foals, won the 1966 Sapling and National Stallion Stakes. Another of her Bold Rulers, Bold Commander, was a minor stakes winner who went on to sire Kentucky Derby winner Dust Commander. On the distaff side, her daughter Irradiate, a competent enough racer to run a close second to Gallant Bloom in the Grade 1 Matron Stakes, was the dam of multiple stakes winner and top sire Majestic Light  

High Voltage and Eddie Arcaro 

Born in 1952, High Voltage was a gray daughter of imported French stallion *Ambiorix. Her dam was Dynamo, a herself a daughter of champion juvenile Menow

Carrying the colors of breeder/owner Wheatley Stable and trained by “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, High Voltage won a swath of important races as a juvenile in 1954. Her victories included many races which are now considered Grade 1 events, such as the Matron Stakes, as well as lesser races like the Selima and Colleen Stakes. In the Matron, she defeated future Kentucky Oaks winner Lalun. Her performances earned her the title of Champion Juvenile Filly for the year

In 1955, the gray filly won the Acorn Stakes and again defeated Lalun in taking the Coaching Club American Oaks. She added the Delaware Oaks, Vineland Handicap, and Black Eyed Susan Stakes to her record, but was still beaten out for the title of Champion 3-Year-Old Filly by stablemate Misty Morn, who had defeated males

After her retirement, High Voltage was sent to the best stallions in the country. She produced foals by Bold Ruler, *Ribot, and *Princequillo. Her son Impressive (by *Court Martial) was the Champion Sprinter of 1966 and once bested Buckpasser. Great Power, one of her Bold Ruler foals, won the 1966 Sapling and National Stallion Stakes. Another of her Bold Rulers, Bold Commander, was a minor stakes winner who went on to sire Kentucky Derby winner Dust Commander. On the distaff side, her daughter Irradiate, a competent enough racer to run a close second to Gallant Bloom in the Grade 1 Matron Stakes, was the dam of multiple stakes winner and top sire Majestic Light  

1PM
March152014

"It is the belief of the great majority of Turfmen - and a reasoned one - that Challedon …is one of the greatest Thoroughbreds ever seen in this country. This opinion embraces all horses of our entire Turf history, from ‘the earliest-date to the present day’, and barring none, even the mightiest, whose names, in the words of the poet, forever echo ‘down the corridors of time.’”

- John Hervey 

7PM
Sweet Sleep
1956 Horse of the Year Swaps settles down for the night, with trainer Mesh Tenney keeping watch

Sweet Sleep

1956 Horse of the Year Swaps settles down for the night, with trainer Mesh Tenney keeping watch

7PM
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6PM
Champion juvenile colt Bimelech 
In 1939, the bay son of Black Toney and imported French broodmare *La Troienne went undefeated through six races, including important scores in the Hopeful Stakes and the Belmont Futurity. At year’s end, he was named the champion juvenile colt and assigned a staggering 130 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap
As the heavy favorite for the 1940 Kentucky Derby, Bimelech took the Blue Grass Stakes and Derby Trial to remain undefeated. As often before and since, the undefeated favorite failed in the big race itself. Bimelech ran extremely wide through the mile and a quarter race, allowing a 35-1 longshot called Gallahadion to scoot past him in the final furlong. Faced with his first defeat, Bimelech came back with a vengeance in the Preakness to hang a three-length defeat on Charles Howard’s Mioland, with Gallahadion an exhausted third. Gunned to the lead from the start, Bimelech ran the first quarter in 23 second flat, a record which has never been bettered
Following a loss to the gelding Corydon in the Withers, Bimelech was favorited for the Belmont Stakes (it was the first running of the Belmont following New York’s legalization of parimutuel wagering). He rewarded his backers with a willful 3/4 length win over Your Chance. After finishing third in the Arlington Classic, it was discovered that Bimelech had injured a foot, and he was retired for the year. He was once again named the champion of his age group, but lost Horse of the Year to returning champion Challedon 
The career of Bimelech was cut short by the introduction of new, more modern starting gates. He raced only twice at four, and both times acted so badly when loaded in the gate that it was decided to retire him before he injured himself

Champion juvenile colt Bimelech 

In 1939, the bay son of Black Toney and imported French broodmare *La Troienne went undefeated through six races, including important scores in the Hopeful Stakes and the Belmont Futurity. At year’s end, he was named the champion juvenile colt and assigned a staggering 130 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap

As the heavy favorite for the 1940 Kentucky Derby, Bimelech took the Blue Grass Stakes and Derby Trial to remain undefeated. As often before and since, the undefeated favorite failed in the big race itself. Bimelech ran extremely wide through the mile and a quarter race, allowing a 35-1 longshot called Gallahadion to scoot past him in the final furlong. Faced with his first defeat, Bimelech came back with a vengeance in the Preakness to hang a three-length defeat on Charles Howard’s Mioland, with Gallahadion an exhausted third. Gunned to the lead from the start, Bimelech ran the first quarter in 23 second flat, a record which has never been bettered

Following a loss to the gelding Corydon in the Withers, Bimelech was favorited for the Belmont Stakes (it was the first running of the Belmont following New York’s legalization of parimutuel wagering). He rewarded his backers with a willful 3/4 length win over Your Chance. After finishing third in the Arlington Classic, it was discovered that Bimelech had injured a foot, and he was retired for the year. He was once again named the champion of his age group, but lost Horse of the Year to returning champion Challedon 

The career of Bimelech was cut short by the introduction of new, more modern starting gates. He raced only twice at four, and both times acted so badly when loaded in the gate that it was decided to retire him before he injured himself

4PM
Illinois-bred Orono wins the Grade 2 Breeder’s Futurity Stakes at Keeneland in 1986, defeating future champion Alysheba by a length

Illinois-bred Orono wins the Grade 2 Breeder’s Futurity Stakes at Keeneland in 1986, defeating future champion Alysheba by a length

March122014
Popular little Creme Fraiche wins the 1985 Belmont Stakes with Eddie Maple up
Creme Fraiche was the first, and still only, gelding to win the historic Belmont. In addition, he marked the fourth straight Belmont win for trainer Woody Stephens

Popular little Creme Fraiche wins the 1985 Belmont Stakes with Eddie Maple up

Creme Fraiche was the first, and still only, gelding to win the historic Belmont. In addition, he marked the fourth straight Belmont win for trainer Woody Stephens

7PM

Four big name horses are on the ballot for this year’s Racing Hall of Fame class

  • Curlin - 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, winner of the 2007 Preakness Stakes and Breeder’s Cup Classic, as well as the 2008 Dubai World Cup and Jockey Club Gold Cup. Retired with earnings of $10.5 million, which set an earnings record in North America
  • Kona Gold - 2000 Eclipse Champion Sprinter, winner of the Breeder’s Cup Sprint, as well as the San Carlon Handicap (G1)
  • Xtra Heat - 2001 Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Filly, winner of back-to-back Barbara Fritchie Handicaps (G2)
  • Ashado - 2004 Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and 2005 Eclipse Champion Older Mare, winner of the 2003 Spinaway Stakes (G1), 2004 Breeder’s Cup Distaff (G1), Kentucky Oaks (G1), Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), and 2005 Ogden Phipps Handicap (G1) and Beldame Stakes (G1)
6PM

2014 Hall of Fame nominations are out! We’ve got four great jockeys up for a spot, competing with four horses and two trainers. Nominees are:

  • Chris Antley - 1985 US Champion Jockey by wins, jockey of Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold and Charismatic 
  • Garrett Gomez - 2007 and 2008 Eclipse Champion Jockey, 2006 - 2009 Champion Jockey by earnings, winner of 13 Breeder’s Cup races, jockey of Midnight Lute, Rags to Riches, Blame, and Blind Luck
  • Craig Perret - 1967 Champion Apprentice Jockey by earnings, 1990 Eclipse Champion Jockey, winner of five Breeder’s Cup races and two American classics, jockey of Bet Twice, Unbridled, Strike the Gold, and Pine Bluff
  • Alex Solis - Winner of three Breeder’s Cup races and one American classic, plus the 2004 Dubai World Cup, jockey of Snow Chief, Pleasantly Perfect, Victory Gallop, and Kona Gold
6PM
Disqualified 1968 Kentucky Derby winner Dancer’s Image, frolicking in his paddock at Hataya Stud in Japan in 1987, age 22

Disqualified 1968 Kentucky Derby winner Dancer’s Image, frolicking in his paddock at Hataya Stud in Japan in 1987, age 22

5PM
American-bred and French-raced mare Dynaforce with her newborn Frankel filly

American-bred and French-raced mare Dynaforce with her newborn Frankel filly