October152013
Early 20th century champion Waterboy, shown here at five years old winning an allowance race at Brighton Beach in 1904
As a promising three-year-old, Waterboy’s career was very nearly ended when he collided with a loose horse at Morris Park. The resulting injury (alternately described as either a fractured pelvis or dislocated hip) kept him in a sling for several months. However, he was not only able to return to racing at four, but also to become the champion handicapper of the year, with thrilling wins in the Saratoga Handicap, Century Handicap, and Suburban Renewal Handicap. His best effort was undoubtedly his victory in the 1903 Brighton Handicap, in which he toted 124 pounds to a new world record time of 2:03 1/5 for the 1 1/4 miles

Early 20th century champion Waterboy, shown here at five years old winning an allowance race at Brighton Beach in 1904

As a promising three-year-old, Waterboy’s career was very nearly ended when he collided with a loose horse at Morris Park. The resulting injury (alternately described as either a fractured pelvis or dislocated hip) kept him in a sling for several months. However, he was not only able to return to racing at four, but also to become the champion handicapper of the year, with thrilling wins in the Saratoga Handicap, Century Handicap, and Suburban Renewal Handicap. His best effort was undoubtedly his victory in the 1903 Brighton Handicap, in which he toted 124 pounds to a new world record time of 2:03 1/5 for the 1 1/4 miles

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