June292014
6-year-old Stymie wears the flowers after winning the 1947 International Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Jockey Conn McCreary grins for the cameras, while trainer Hirsch Jacobs and wife Ethel look on proudly 
The International Gold Cup was considered truly the first “international” race. The entries included Argentineans *Endeavour II and *Talon, as well as Brazilian *Ensueno. Representing America were Stymie, Triple Crown winner Assault, Chmpion 3-Year-Old Phalanx, and multiple stakes winner Natchez. 46,000 people packed Belmont Park to see the race, and the bettors made Assault the favorite based on his impressive seven-race win streak. Stymie, who had been beaten by Assault in the Butler Handicap just a week previously, was third in the betting. 
4-year-old Natchez nearly ran away with the race. Under jockey Ted Atkinson, he jumped to the lead from the start and was not headed until nearly the end. Stymie settled fifth early, then made his move down the stretch. “Stymie was on the charge, with his head high, McCreary’s face almost buried in his copper mane”. Natchez held on gamely, but Stymie beat him by a neck, with Assault four lengths back in third

6-year-old Stymie wears the flowers after winning the 1947 International Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Jockey Conn McCreary grins for the cameras, while trainer Hirsch Jacobs and wife Ethel look on proudly 

The International Gold Cup was considered truly the first “international” race. The entries included Argentineans *Endeavour II and *Talon, as well as Brazilian *Ensueno. Representing America were Stymie, Triple Crown winner Assault, Chmpion 3-Year-Old Phalanx, and multiple stakes winner Natchez. 46,000 people packed Belmont Park to see the race, and the bettors made Assault the favorite based on his impressive seven-race win streak. Stymie, who had been beaten by Assault in the Butler Handicap just a week previously, was third in the betting. 

4-year-old Natchez nearly ran away with the race. Under jockey Ted Atkinson, he jumped to the lead from the start and was not headed until nearly the end. Stymie settled fifth early, then made his move down the stretch. “Stymie was on the charge, with his head high, McCreary’s face almost buried in his copper mane”. Natchez held on gamely, but Stymie beat him by a neck, with Assault four lengths back in third

2PM
June212014
Head Play, the colt famous for being on the losing end of the “Fighting Finish” Derby, gets revenge in the 1933 Preakness Stakes, which he eventually won by four lengths 
Derby winner Brokers Tip finished dead last in the field of 10

Head Play, the colt famous for being on the losing end of the “Fighting Finish” Derby, gets revenge in the 1933 Preakness Stakes, which he eventually won by four lengths 

Derby winner Brokers Tip finished dead last in the field of 10

12PM
Dunkirk
(Unbridled’s Song - Secret Status)

Dunkirk

(Unbridled’s Song - Secret Status)

June192014
Silver Charm over Free House - 1998 Goodwood Breeder’s Cup Handicap (GR2) at Santa Anita

Silver Charm over Free House - 1998 Goodwood Breeder’s Cup Handicap (GR2) at Santa Anita

4PM
Three-time champion steeplechaser Oedipus, taking a jump at Belmont Park in 1951 at age 5 
Boasting an impressive pedigree, Oedipus was a son of Blue Larkspur, out of excellent broodmare Be Like Mom. He was a full brother to champion filly But Why Not and stakes winning filly Renew 

Three-time champion steeplechaser Oedipus, taking a jump at Belmont Park in 1951 at age 5 

Boasting an impressive pedigree, Oedipus was a son of Blue Larkspur, out of excellent broodmare Be Like Mom. He was a full brother to champion filly But Why Not and stakes winning filly Renew 

3PM
Early morning at Belmont Park, circa 1950

Early morning at Belmont Park, circa 1950

3PM
Deputy Storm 
(Forestry - *Deputy Jane West)

Deputy Storm 

(Forestry - *Deputy Jane West)

3PM
The Joy of Victory…
Mrs. Evelyn Hopkins was all smiles in the winner’s circle after her gelding, Three Rings, won the 1950 Butler Handicap at Jamaica. Trainer Willie Knapp holds the gelded son of Blue Larkspur, who had broken the track record by 1/5 of a second 
And the Agony of Defeat
The smiles vanished soon after, when it was announced that Three Rings had been disqualified and placed last. Jockey Eric Guerin lodged a complaint that Three Rings had drifted in front of his mount, Loser Weeper, at the 16th pole, which was confirmed by a review of the race. In addition to losing the winner’s purse of $50,000, Three Rings was also stripped of his record time. Loser Weeper was declared the winner

The Joy of Victory…

Mrs. Evelyn Hopkins was all smiles in the winner’s circle after her gelding, Three Rings, won the 1950 Butler Handicap at Jamaica. Trainer Willie Knapp holds the gelded son of Blue Larkspur, who had broken the track record by 1/5 of a second 

And the Agony of Defeat

The smiles vanished soon after, when it was announced that Three Rings had been disqualified and placed last. Jockey Eric Guerin lodged a complaint that Three Rings had drifted in front of his mount, Loser Weeper, at the 16th pole, which was confirmed by a review of the race. In addition to losing the winner’s purse of $50,000, Three Rings was also stripped of his record time. Loser Weeper was declared the winner

June182014
lehomestretchh:

Galcador, by Djebel out of Pharvya is a French racehorse and sire. 
His career was short, it only lasted from autumn 1949 to June 1950. He ran 4 times, won 3 and placed second once. 
The biggest race he won was the Espom derby, and before that won the Prix Daphnis. 
After this, he never raced again and was retired to stud where he made little, to no impact as a stud. 
He was eventually exported to Japan, where he died later in 1970.

lehomestretchh:

Galcador, by Djebel out of Pharvya is a French racehorse and sire.

His career was short, it only lasted from autumn 1949 to June 1950. He ran 4 times, won 3 and placed second once.

The biggest race he won was the Espom derby, and before that won the Prix Daphnis.

After this, he never raced again and was retired to stud where he made little, to no impact as a stud.

He was eventually exported to Japan, where he died later in 1970.

12PM
lehomestretchh:

Hot Snap, winner of the Nell Gwyn Stakes in 2013, beating Sky Lantern. 

She’s a half sister to Breeders Cup Filly & Turf winner Midday.

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Hot Snap, winner of the Nell Gwyn Stakes in 2013, beating Sky Lantern. She’s a half sister to Breeders Cup Filly & Turf winner Midday.

12PM
lehomestretchh:

All class was brought by The Fugue today in the Prince of Wales stakes at Royal Ascot today. She defeated top contenders Dank, and Treve.

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All class was brought by The Fugue today in the Prince of Wales stakes at Royal Ascot today. She defeated top contenders Dank, and Treve.

June172014
Colonel E. R. Bradley’s champion filly Bridal Flower edges out Triple Crown winner Assault in the 1946 Roamer Handicap at Jamaica 
Under 118 pounds, Bridal Flower led the entire way. Assault, who carried 126 pounds, challenged her in the final eighth of a mile, but she gave “everything she had” to win by a half-length 

Colonel E. R. Bradley’s champion filly Bridal Flower edges out Triple Crown winner Assault in the 1946 Roamer Handicap at Jamaica 

Under 118 pounds, Bridal Flower led the entire way. Assault, who carried 126 pounds, challenged her in the final eighth of a mile, but she gave “everything she had” to win by a half-length 

2PM
"…but she always had to use the feet she was born with. They carried her with honor, if not with comfort."
The feet of champion mare Two Lea were always suspect. As a yearling, she developed ringbone,which kept her out of racing for almost her entire juvenile season. Two Lea raced to two straight championships before the ringbone returned, this time keeping her on the sidelines for over a year. When she returned at age 6 in 1952, she had a large knot on her fetlock, the result of the pinfiring which had been used to treat her. Despite this, Two Lea had possibly her best season in 1952. She won the prestigious Vanity Handicap before besting males in the Hollywood Gold Cup  

"…but she always had to use the feet she was born with. They carried her with honor, if not with comfort."

The feet of champion mare Two Lea were always suspect. As a yearling, she developed ringbone,which kept her out of racing for almost her entire juvenile season. Two Lea raced to two straight championships before the ringbone returned, this time keeping her on the sidelines for over a year. When she returned at age 6 in 1952, she had a large knot on her fetlock, the result of the pinfiring which had been used to treat her. Despite this, Two Lea had possibly her best season in 1952. She won the prestigious Vanity Handicap before besting males in the Hollywood Gold Cup  

1PM
Alibhai got da booty?
HE DOOOOO
(This sexy guy was born in Britain in 1938. He never raced because he bowed both front tendons during training, but then he was imported to the US and proceeded to sire like ALL THE CHAMPIONS before he died in 1960)

Alibhai got da booty?

HE DOOOOO

(This sexy guy was born in Britain in 1938. He never raced because he bowed both front tendons during training, but then he was imported to the US and proceeded to sire like ALL THE CHAMPIONS before he died in 1960)