July222014
Owner/breeder Joseph E. Widener leads his colt Hurryoff after winning the 1933 Belmont Stakes 
Lightly regarded going into the race, Hurryoff had been in fact offered in a claiming race a few weeks prior. He won this, and another minor race, which prompted his connections to enter him in the Belmont, to “see how he would turn with acknowledged stars of the turf”. Unfortunately, the field came up rather light in terms of “stars”, as both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, Broker’s Tip and Head Play, were missing. The main competition was future Withers Stakes winner The Darb, and Hurryoff was sent away at 12-1 odds
Initially, Hurryoff ran exactly as a longshot would. He sat well back, and was last in the field of 8 through the half-mile. According to the chart, he “improved his position steadily and…finished gamely”. Hurryoff wore down the front runners to grind out a two-length score, with Nimbus in second and Union (a grandson of Man o’ War) in third
It was the first and last big win of Hurryoff’s career. He was retired at the end of the year, with a record of three wins from only seven starts. Following a decade-long tradition, Widener donated Hurryoff to the Jockey Club Breeding Bureau, where he was used in the Cavalry Remount Service 

Owner/breeder Joseph E. Widener leads his colt Hurryoff after winning the 1933 Belmont Stakes 

Lightly regarded going into the race, Hurryoff had been in fact offered in a claiming race a few weeks prior. He won this, and another minor race, which prompted his connections to enter him in the Belmont, to “see how he would turn with acknowledged stars of the turf”. Unfortunately, the field came up rather light in terms of “stars”, as both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, Broker’s Tip and Head Play, were missing. The main competition was future Withers Stakes winner The Darb, and Hurryoff was sent away at 12-1 odds

Initially, Hurryoff ran exactly as a longshot would. He sat well back, and was last in the field of 8 through the half-mile. According to the chart, he “improved his position steadily and…finished gamely”. Hurryoff wore down the front runners to grind out a two-length score, with Nimbus in second and Union (a grandson of Man o’ War) in third

It was the first and last big win of Hurryoff’s career. He was retired at the end of the year, with a record of three wins from only seven starts. Following a decade-long tradition, Widener donated Hurryoff to the Jockey Club Breeding Bureau, where he was used in the Cavalry Remount Service 

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The “Chocolate Soldier” Equipoise, in training for the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap in early 1935 
At 7 years old, “Ekky” was attempting to beat Sun Beau's career earnings record. His connections determined the new Santa Anita Handicap to be a fitting final race for their soldier, and if he won it he would also have the record. Though defeated in two prep races, he was sent off as the favorite, carrying the high weight of 130 pounds. Sadly, the fairy tale ending was not to be. Equipoise “simply wouldn't run”, according to his jockey, and he finished 7th

The “Chocolate Soldier” Equipoise, in training for the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap in early 1935 

At 7 years old, “Ekky” was attempting to beat Sun Beau's career earnings record. His connections determined the new Santa Anita Handicap to be a fitting final race for their soldier, and if he won it he would also have the record. Though defeated in two prep races, he was sent off as the favorite, carrying the high weight of 130 pounds. Sadly, the fairy tale ending was not to be. Equipoise “simply wouldn't run”, according to his jockey, and he finished 7th

July202014
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horseracingconfessions:

My favourite mares are Rachel Alexandra and Goldikova. In my opinion they’re two of the best mares to ever have raced

*Best mares of the 21st Century

horseracingconfessions:

My favourite mares are Rachel Alexandra and Goldikova. In my opinion they’re two of the best mares to ever have raced

*Best mares of the 21st Century

July192014

"HERE IS THE THRILLING FINISH OF THE 89TH RUN FOR THE ROSES WITH CHATEAUGAY EDGING NEVER BEND, CANDY SPOTS
Ohio-owned Thoroughbred entered final turn  with burst, swept to outside, turned on speed and surprised rivals to pay $20.80”

Photo and caption from Toledo Blade - May 5, 1963

"HERE IS THE THRILLING FINISH OF THE 89TH RUN FOR THE ROSES WITH CHATEAUGAY EDGING NEVER BEND, CANDY SPOTS

Ohio-owned Thoroughbred entered final turn  with burst, swept to outside, turned on speed and surprised rivals to pay $20.80”

Photo and caption from Toledo Blade - May 5, 1963

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Morning at Delaware Park, circa 1952

Morning at Delaware Park, circa 1952

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remembersocialinclusion said: Will Shared Belief go undefeated and win the 3 year old title? :D

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webuiltthepyramids said: Your tags on my Afleet Alex post made my day. I've got that entire call memorized too-that and Rags to Riches' Belmont.

I HAVE SO MANY RACES MEMORIZED I CAN’T EVEN TELL IF IT’S IMPRESSIVE OR JUST SO SO SAD

For example (and this is strictly from memory, I swear):

Rachel Alexandra 2009 Kentucky Oaks, as called by Tom Durkin

"And they are off in the Kentucky Oaks! And going right to the lead, it’s gonna be Gabby’s Golden Girl*. Gabby’s Golden Girl takes the early, Rachel Alexandra, though, comes right out, right alongside her as they move by us for the first time. Then it’s Be Fair, down on the rail running in third, Flying Spur is alongside her in fourth, Tweeter in behind those two in fifth position, then it’s Stone Legacy in sixth and Nan is the last of seven. Around the clubhouse turn here at Churchill Downs and Gabby’s Golden Girl is the leader. Heavily favored Rachel Alexandra a cool and calculated second, again an opening quarter of 23 and 3/5 seconds. Be Fair third on the inside. Flying Spur, Garrett Gomez says "go" with her early on, she’s up the be third now on the outside of Be Fair. Then it’s a break of three back to stablemates Tweeter and Stone Legacy, Nan trails the field. It’s still Gabby’s Golden Girl the leader, still glued to her flank is Rachel Alexandra, through a half in 47 and 2/5 seconds. The pace has been reasonable, there’s a half mile left to go. Calvin Borel, still sitting chilly on Rachel Alexandra, still off the flank of front-running Gabby’s Golden Girl. And now he makes a move, just a niddle ludge, a little nudge, and now they’re head to head for the lead and now the tempo’s starting to quicken. As they move for the top of the stretch, here’s Rachel Alexandra. Rachel Alexandra takes the lead, and really had no resistance whatsoever from Gabby’s Golden Ba- and now Rachel Alexandra’s opening up! Five lengths on the field, six, oh a tour de force by the Superfilly Rachel Alexandra. Calvin Borel isn’t moving a muscle on her, she’s gonna destroy this field! Oh, Superfilly? You bet! What’s the final margin?!? She might have won by 20! Rachel Alexandra is absolutely spectacular in 1 minute, 48 and 4/5 seconds. Stone Legacy was weeeellllll beaten in second, and finishing third there was Flying Spur. Un-Be-Lievable!" 

*The horse’s name is Gabby’s Golden Gal, but Durking clearly calls her “Girl” throughout the entire race. He also says “Rachel Alexander”, but I hate calling her that XD

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Model Cadet, Tony Skoronski up
The unfulfilled promise of the colt known as Mr. Busher has been a lingering question ever since 1948. A full brother to phenomenal racemare Busher and born the year after her best season, Mr Busher had expectations riding on him from the start. And from that start, he seemingly lived up to them. He won his first three races, which included both the Arlington Futurity and National Stallion Stakes, and looked poised to continue his undefeated streak in the Washington Park Futurity in mid-August 1948 
But that race instead allowed another colt to shine. This was Model Cadet, a bright chestnut son of prominent juvenile runner Requested. Owned by Mrs. Ada L. Rice, the wife of a grain broker, Model Cadet was entered in the Washington Park Futurity in combination with his stablemate Admiral Lea. The pair was sent off at 13-1 odds
Admiral Lea, piloted by jockey R. L. Baird, was “winging out in front”, until he was caught by future Wood Memoral and Withers winner Olympia. Model Cadet swooped past at the top of the stretch and opened up steadily to win by three lengths, with Olympia’s stablemate Ocean Drive second. Admiral Lea completed the surprise by running third
While there was celebration in the Rice stable, Elizabeth Arden’s Maine Chance Farm was busy trying to tend to their fallen star. Mr. Busher had been “knocked out of contention on the far turn”, and had faded to last place in the field of 11. While attempting to pass between two horses, he had been kicked severely, and came out of it with a nasty cut on his left foreleg. Unknown to his connections and the racing world in general, the Futurity had been Mr. Busher’s last race. In early January 1949, it was announced that he had been retired from racing, following an examination of his leg which showed he had still not fully recovered.
Model Cadet, meanwhile, had enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame. He never won another major race, and he was retired sometime around 1951 with six wins from 24 starts and earnings of just over $85,000. 

Model Cadet, Tony Skoronski up

The unfulfilled promise of the colt known as Mr. Busher has been a lingering question ever since 1948. A full brother to phenomenal racemare Busher and born the year after her best season, Mr Busher had expectations riding on him from the start. And from that start, he seemingly lived up to them. He won his first three races, which included both the Arlington Futurity and National Stallion Stakes, and looked poised to continue his undefeated streak in the Washington Park Futurity in mid-August 1948 

But that race instead allowed another colt to shine. This was Model Cadet, a bright chestnut son of prominent juvenile runner Requested. Owned by Mrs. Ada L. Rice, the wife of a grain broker, Model Cadet was entered in the Washington Park Futurity in combination with his stablemate Admiral Lea. The pair was sent off at 13-1 odds

Admiral Lea, piloted by jockey R. L. Baird, was “winging out in front”, until he was caught by future Wood Memoral and Withers winner Olympia. Model Cadet swooped past at the top of the stretch and opened up steadily to win by three lengths, with Olympia’s stablemate Ocean Drive second. Admiral Lea completed the surprise by running third

While there was celebration in the Rice stable, Elizabeth Arden’s Maine Chance Farm was busy trying to tend to their fallen star. Mr. Busher had been “knocked out of contention on the far turn”, and had faded to last place in the field of 11. While attempting to pass between two horses, he had been kicked severely, and came out of it with a nasty cut on his left foreleg. Unknown to his connections and the racing world in general, the Futurity had been Mr. Busher’s last race. In early January 1949, it was announced that he had been retired from racing, following an examination of his leg which showed he had still not fully recovered.

Model Cadet, meanwhile, had enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame. He never won another major race, and he was retired sometime around 1951 with six wins from 24 starts and earnings of just over $85,000. 

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“Busher had one of the most beautiful and intelligent heads seen on any thoroughbred. Her eye held and expression of awareness that was characteristic of her grand sire, Man o’ War.”
-Racing historian and illustrator C. W. Anderson

Busher had one of the most beautiful and intelligent heads seen on any thoroughbred. Her eye held and expression of awareness that was characteristic of her grand sire, Man o’ War.”

-Racing historian and illustrator C. W. Anderson

7PM
Champion French mare Urban Sea (left), winning the 1993 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by a neck from Derby Italiano winner White Muzzle 
As great of a racehorse as she was, Urban Sea was possibly even better as a broodmare. Prior to her death in 2009, she produced two legends of the sport, in addition to six other stakes winners. Urban Sea is one of only two mares ever to produced two Epsom Derby winners; 2001 winner and exceptional sire Galileo, and 2009 winner and Horse of the Year Sea the Stars. Beyond these two, she was also the dam of 1999 Irish Champion 3-Year-Old colt Urban Ocean, multiple stakes winning mare My Typhoon, 2002 Italian Champion 3-Year-Old Colt Black Sam Bellamy, 2011 Blenheim Stakes winner Born to Sea, Group 3 Middleton Stakes winner All Too Beautiful, and Pretty Polly Stakes winner Melikah 

Champion French mare Urban Sea (left), winning the 1993 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by a neck from Derby Italiano winner White Muzzle 

As great of a racehorse as she was, Urban Sea was possibly even better as a broodmare. Prior to her death in 2009, she produced two legends of the sport, in addition to six other stakes winners. Urban Sea is one of only two mares ever to produced two Epsom Derby winners; 2001 winner and exceptional sire Galileo, and 2009 winner and Horse of the Year Sea the Stars. Beyond these two, she was also the dam of 1999 Irish Champion 3-Year-Old colt Urban Ocean, multiple stakes winning mare My Typhoon, 2002 Italian Champion 3-Year-Old Colt Black Sam Bellamy, 2011 Blenheim Stakes winner Born to Sea, Group 3 Middleton Stakes winner All Too Beautiful, and Pretty Polly Stakes winner Melikah 

July152014
Stablemates Hill Prince (left) and Bryan G, strolling at Belmont Park in 1951
Hill Prince, the previous year’s Preakness Stakes winner and Horse of the Year, had broken a bone in his right hind leg while training in January 1951. In his absence, Bryan G became the star of Meadow Stable, winning the Pimlico Special, Aqueduct Handicap, and Westchester Handicap

Stablemates Hill Prince (left) and Bryan G, strolling at Belmont Park in 1951

Hill Prince, the previous year’s Preakness Stakes winner and Horse of the Year, had broken a bone in his right hind leg while training in January 1951. In his absence, Bryan G became the star of Meadow Stable, winning the Pimlico Special, Aqueduct Handicap, and Westchester Handicap

July142014
“…and now the field approaching the top of the stretch. Giacomo on the outside is the leader as the field turns for home, but here comes the Preakness winner - Afleet Alex - on his outside! And Southern Africa battles on at the rail - AND AFLEET ALEX JUST RAN RIGHT BY GIACOMO LIKE HE WAS STANDING STILL! Afleet Alex opening up with a tremendous burst of energy! He’s five lengths clear at the eighth pole! Andromeda’s Hero has now moved into second, Southern Africa third, Giacomo has faded, Nolan’s Cat…a compelling, outstanding performance by the plucky Afleet Alex. He won by six or seven lengths.”

Stretch call of 2005 Belmont Stakes. (x)

(Source: webuiltthepyramids)