August162014

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

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"James R. Keene’s Crack Colt Colin, Who Has Won A Fortune For His Owner On The Turf" 
(From the December 8, 1907 issue of the Washington Post)

"James R. Keene’s Crack Colt Colin, Who Has Won A Fortune For His Owner On The Turf" 

(From the December 8, 1907 issue of the Washington Post)

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afleetalexandra:

1892 British Fillies’ Triple Crown winner La Fleche
An 1889 daughter of top sire St Simon, La Fleche sold for a world record price of 5,500 guineas, the most ever paid for a juvenile at that point. She was considered beautifully bred and conformationaly near perfect
She backed up her early hype by going undefeated through four races as a juvenile, all stakes. She concluded the year with a stirring win in the historic Champagne Stakes at Doncaster
In 1892, she lost only one: In the Epsom Derby, for which she had been heavily favored. Though she lost that race by 3/4 lengths, she was easily victorious in three other Classics that year: The 1000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks, and the St Leger Stakes, making her the fourth English Fillies Triple Crown winner
La Fleche continued racing through 1894. Before the start of that season, she was covered by Morion, and raced in foal for the rest of the year. While pregnant, she won the two-and-a-half mile Ascot Gold Cup by an easy three lengths. Her final race was the 1894 Champion Stakes, which she won “in a canter” by eight lengths tot he enthusiastic cheering of her fans
As a broodmare, she produced six live foals. The best was her 1901 Isinglass colt John O’Gaunt, who was a prominent racer and exceptional sire. Through John O’Gaunt, La Fleche was the granddam of the legendary Swynford. Her 1900 Ladas filly Baroness La Fleche won the Acorn Stakes and produced the great sire Beau Pere
La Fleche died in April 1916, at the age of 27

afleetalexandra:

1892 British Fillies’ Triple Crown winner La Fleche

An 1889 daughter of top sire St Simon, La Fleche sold for a world record price of 5,500 guineas, the most ever paid for a juvenile at that point. She was considered beautifully bred and conformationaly near perfect

She backed up her early hype by going undefeated through four races as a juvenile, all stakes. She concluded the year with a stirring win in the historic Champagne Stakes at Doncaster

In 1892, she lost only one: In the Epsom Derby, for which she had been heavily favored. Though she lost that race by 3/4 lengths, she was easily victorious in three other Classics that year: The 1000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks, and the St Leger Stakes, making her the fourth English Fillies Triple Crown winner

La Fleche continued racing through 1894. Before the start of that season, she was covered by Morion, and raced in foal for the rest of the year. While pregnant, she won the two-and-a-half mile Ascot Gold Cup by an easy three lengths. Her final race was the 1894 Champion Stakes, which she won “in a canter” by eight lengths tot he enthusiastic cheering of her fans

As a broodmare, she produced six live foals. The best was her 1901 Isinglass colt John O’Gaunt, who was a prominent racer and exceptional sire. Through John O’Gaunt, La Fleche was the granddam of the legendary Swynford. Her 1900 Ladas filly Baroness La Fleche won the Acorn Stakes and produced the great sire Beau Pere

La Fleche died in April 1916, at the age of 27

August122014

Anonymous said: Has there ever been an instance of a horse returning to racing after breeding?

Oh yeah

Seabiscuit did it, for one. While he was recovering from his injury at Charles Howard’s farm, he was bred to a select group of mares (which included his workmate Fair Knightess). He was returned to training soon after, and his first crop was born while he was still racing (you can search my archives for the “Seven Little Biscuits” for more info) 

It’s actually pretty common, surprisingly so, especially in the cases of stallions with fertility problems. Take Twenty Grand, for instance. He was Horse of the Year in 1931, winning the Kentucky Derby, Belmont, Wood Memorial, Travers, JCGC, and several others. He was retired after pulling up lame in his second race at age 4, and sent to stud at Greentree. He proved to be sterile, and was sent back to the races at 7. Twenty Grand was retired for good at the end of that year

And even more surprisingly, it sometimes happens with the ladies as well. 1892 British Fillies Triple Crown winner La Fleche raced her entire five-year-old season while pregnant, and that included winning the two-and-a-half mile Ascot Gold Cup 

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Gorgeous grey Gato Del Sol winning the 1982 Kentucky Derby, chased by Harbor View Farm’s Reinvested 

Gorgeous grey Gato Del Sol winning the 1982 Kentucky Derby, chased by Harbor View Farm’s Reinvested 

August102014
Juvenile gelding Demobilize overtakes future champion sprinter Intentionally in the final yards of the 1958 World’s Playground at Atlantic City 
The one-two finishers were both sons of Brookfield Farm’s multiple stakes winning stallion Intent. Demobilize was a modest winner as an older horse, while Intentionally became known as the “Black Bullet” for his sprinting speed, which saw him equaling the world record time for a mile at Washington Park in 1959

Juvenile gelding Demobilize overtakes future champion sprinter Intentionally in the final yards of the 1958 World’s Playground at Atlantic City 

The one-two finishers were both sons of Brookfield Farm’s multiple stakes winning stallion Intent. Demobilize was a modest winner as an older horse, while Intentionally became known as the “Black Bullet” for his sprinting speed, which saw him equaling the world record time for a mile at Washington Park in 1959

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Count Fleet - 1943 Belmont Stakes
"His tout ensemble is racy, striking and indicative of both speed and staying power. In action he is equally striking. He runs with a high head, his stride is slashing, he rises off the ground in his air-flight, has strong finishing capacity and goes at his work with utmost resolution." - John Hervey

Count Fleet - 1943 Belmont Stakes

"His tout ensemble is racy, striking and indicative of both speed and staying power. In action he is equally striking. He runs with a high head, his stride is slashing, he rises off the ground in his air-flight, has strong finishing capacity and goes at his work with utmost resolution." - John Hervey

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Anonymous said: Why do fillies carry less weight in the triple crown?

Fillies and mares receive a weight break in any race where they face males. This is known as a “weight allowance”, and it is usually a five-pound break, in the case of equal ages

Additionally, any three-year-old racing older horses will also receive a weight break, male or female. For example, Rachel Alexandra carried five pounds less than the boys in the Preakness, but received an eight-pound break in the Woodward because she was racing older males

It’s not still done today, but back in the 19th century, geldings also received a weight break when racing colts, usually around three pounds. Vagrant, winner of the 1876 Derby, carried 97 pounds to the colt’s 100 (the other gelding in the field, Parole, also carried 97, as did the two fillies, Lizzie Stone and Marie Michon). It continued through Old Rosebud’s win in 1914, when he and runner-up Hodge (both geldings) carried 114 pounds to the colt’s 117. In 1915, Regret carried 112 pounds, the geldings Sharpshooter and Goldcrest Boy carried 114, and the colts had 117. The first Derby-winning gelding to carry full weight was Paul Jones in 1920, when the entire field had 126 pounds, save for the filly Cleopatra (121)

August82014
Coaltown, dapples and all, at age 4 in 1949
The 1949 season was Coaltown’s best. He was named Champion Handicap horse and Turf and Sport Digest awarded him the Horse of the Year title (although his rival Capot had been chosen Horse of the Year by the Daily Racing Form). In all, he set or equaled six speed records, including setting a world record for a mile in winning the Whirlaway Stakes at Washington Park in 1:34 flat.

Coaltown, dapples and all, at age 4 in 1949

The 1949 season was Coaltown’s best. He was named Champion Handicap horse and Turf and Sport Digest awarded him the Horse of the Year title (although his rival Capot had been chosen Horse of the Year by the Daily Racing Form). In all, he set or equaled six speed records, including setting a world record for a mile in winning the Whirlaway Stakes at Washington Park in 1:34 flat.