August222014
Charismatic, the 1999 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner and Horse of the Year, enjoying the life of a king at Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan
The chestnut stallion, who turned 18 this year, had sired a good group of stakes winners in Japan: Wonder Acute (2012 JBC Classic), Equal Partner (2010 Tokyo High-Jump), and Gouldings Green (2006 and 2007 Seagram Cup), to name a few. He also has a handful of American babies, including Easy Red (2006 Jennings Handicap) and Sun King (2005 Tampa Bay Derby, runner-up in the 2005 Haskell Invitational and 2006 Woodward Stakes)

Charismatic, the 1999 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner and Horse of the Year, enjoying the life of a king at Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan

The chestnut stallion, who turned 18 this year, had sired a good group of stakes winners in Japan: Wonder Acute (2012 JBC Classic), Equal Partner (2010 Tokyo High-Jump), and Gouldings Green (2006 and 2007 Seagram Cup), to name a few. He also has a handful of American babies, including Easy Red (2006 Jennings Handicap) and Sun King (2005 Tampa Bay Derby, runner-up in the 2005 Haskell Invitational and 2006 Woodward Stakes)

August212014
The doubly distinctive faces of Lights Up (left) and Mr. Trouble (right) charge toward the wire of the 1950 Peter Pan Handicap at Belmont 
Lights Up, a son of Eight Thirty, had showed little initially, although he did come along late to take the Remsen Handicap in his final start. After another slow start the next year, Lights Up got his first stakes win as a three-year-old in the Peter Pan. The field came up short, but it included C.V. Whitney’s Mr Trouble, Youthful and Juvenile Stakes winner Ferd, and Providence Stakes winner Passemson. Mr Trouble was the favorite, and Lights Up was third, and Ferd was thought to have a shot. It was close at the end, though. Lights Up had taken the lead at the top of the stretch, and Mr Trouble made a determined late rush to finish a half-length behind. 
This victory earned Lights Up a place in the Belmont Stakes a week later. While Middleground won in the end, Lights Up held on until the very end and only lost by a length.

The doubly distinctive faces of Lights Up (left) and Mr. Trouble (right) charge toward the wire of the 1950 Peter Pan Handicap at Belmont 

Lights Up, a son of Eight Thirty, had showed little initially, although he did come along late to take the Remsen Handicap in his final start. After another slow start the next year, Lights Up got his first stakes win as a three-year-old in the Peter Pan. The field came up short, but it included C.V. Whitney’s Mr Trouble, Youthful and Juvenile Stakes winner Ferd, and Providence Stakes winner Passemson. Mr Trouble was the favorite, and Lights Up was third, and Ferd was thought to have a shot. It was close at the end, though. Lights Up had taken the lead at the top of the stretch, and Mr Trouble made a determined late rush to finish a half-length behind. 

This victory earned Lights Up a place in the Belmont Stakes a week later. While Middleground won in the end, Lights Up held on until the very end and only lost by a length.

August202014
Bouncy baby Black Caviar back in 2006!
Look at this adorable fuzzy pogo stick

Bouncy baby Black Caviar back in 2006!

Look at this adorable fuzzy pogo stick

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Meet Grecian Queen and Tahitian King, the racing “cousins” of the 1950’s

It all began in the summer of 1937, when a 4-year-old mare named Albania, a daughter of *Bull Dog, was claimed for $3,500 out of a Saratoga race. The new owner, Ben F. Whitaker, walked away with a soon-to-be prolific and prominent broodmare. In addition to the rare feat of birthing living twins (Lucille and Lady Camille, daughters of Requested and born in 1949), Albania also produced Roamer Handicap winner Chief Barker and Sugapud, an unraced mare who became the dam of multiple stakes winner My Request. Albania’s greatest earner on the track, though, was a filly called Calrolyn A. (named in honor of Eddie Arcaro’s daughter), who won the Demoiselle Stakes, Firenze and Correction Handicaps, and the Lousiana Derby over males. Carolyn A. also had a full sister, Qbania, born the year before her

In 1950, the two sisters, Carolyn A. and Qbania, gave birth within a month of each other. First, on April 18, Carolyn A. produced a brown colt by Polynesian, named Tahitian King. On May 10, Abania produced a dark brown daugher of *Heloiopolis, and she was called Grecian Queen. When both were yearlings, they were sent to Jack Howard’s Rookwood Farm to be broken.

Grecian Queen was “one of the smallest, toughest, and busiest of all the 2-year-old fillies” in 1952. She saw action in 15 starts as a juvenile, winning five of them and finishing in the money in a further six. Four of her five wins came in stakes races, the Astarita, Schuylerville, Demoiselle, and one division of the Marguerite Stakes. At year’s end, she was assigned 114 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap, equal with Canadian Horse of the Year Canadiana, and three pounds below topweighted fillies Bubbley and Sweet Patootie

Tahitian King, meanwhile, was ranked second to only Native Dancer in the ranks of the juvenile males. He was less busy than his cousin, seeing only eight races in 1952, but he won an even half of them. He won the United States Hotel and National Stallion Stakes and ran second to Native Dancer in the Futurity. On the Experimental Free Handicap, he was even with Champagne Stakes winner Laffango, at 123 pound each, seven pounds below topweighted Native Dancer. 

The pair continued to race at 3, with Grecian Queen winning the Coaching Club American Oaks, Gazelle Stakes, and Monmouth Oaks to be named the Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. Tahitian King was still competitive, winning the Swift Stakes and running second in the Wood Memorial, but he was far from the top ranks. 

The pair were both retired soon after, with Tahiaitan King being retained for stud duty at his birthplace. Grecian Queen was sold to Leslie Combs II and joined the broodmare band at Spendthrift Farm. Neither produced much of note at stud.

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

2PM
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

7PM

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.”