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 

7PM
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

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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7PM
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
racinglegends:

Happy, happy, and long retirement to The Fugue, and speedy recovery.
She sustained an injury during the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, in which she finished sixth. (July 2014)Read more here.
"Unfortunately The Fugue sustained an injury to her near-fore in the Eclipse Stakes. (…) Having discussed the matter with Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd-Webber, we have taken the decision, in the best interests of the filly, to retire her from racing." said her trainer, John Gosden. 
Photo: X

racinglegends:

Happy, happy, and long retirement to The Fugue, and speedy recovery.

She sustained an injury during the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, in which she finished sixth. (July 2014)
Read more here.

"Unfortunately The Fugue sustained an injury to her near-fore in the Eclipse Stakes. (…) Having discussed the matter with Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd-Webber, we have taken the decision, in the best interests of the filly, to retire her from racing." said her trainer, John Gosden. 

Photo: X

July132014
"The Little Princess"
She was beautiful, she was well-bred, and she was undeniably fast. In 1951, the ranks of the juvenile fillies were dominated by a nearly invincible force of nature known as Princess Lygia 
Princess Lygia was born royalty, not the least because of her parents. Her sire was stakes winner Roman, and though most of his best offspring were yet to come, he had already been represented earlier winners I Will and Cosmic Missile. She was out of a mare called Roman Matron, also the dam of Maryland Futurity winner Tuscany. Roman Matron was herself a daughter of champion juvenile colt Pompey, and her distaff side traced back to Broomstick and Peter Pan. Continuing the Roman theme, Princess Lygia was named after the fictional princess in Henryk Sienkiewicz’s 1895 novel “Quo Vadis”, who was condemned to die by Roman Emperor Nero for her Christian faith. 
A small-ish, finely boned bay, Princess Lygia was sold as a yearling for $3,600 to Core Mae Trotsek. Her training was undertaken by Trotsek’s husband, Hall of Fame trainer Harry Trotsek. It was with these connections that The Princess achieved her greatest success. She made her racing debut at the Lincoln Fields meeting at Washinton Park, and won easily by eight lengths. On June 10, 1951, she made her stakes debut, beating 11 rivals to take the Miss America Stakes, leading all the way through the five furlongs. 
A scarce month later, she was at Arlington Park for the Hyde Park Stakes, that year run in two divisions. The first part saw Washington Park Futurity winner Oh Leo posting a surprise victory, while the second featured Princess Lygia running away with it by seven lengths as the favorite. The Pollyanna Stakes was run only a week later, and again The Princess was untroubled in her victory. Jockey Kenny Church guided her to a three-length score over future Milady Handicap winner Flitting Past.
Her fifth straight victory, and her fourth stakes score, came in the $56,715 Arlington Lassie Stakes on July 19. Breaking on top and staying there, The Princess won by 3 1/2 lengths from Hadnt Orter. She was now considered the champion juvenile filly of the year, and had in fact already earned more than any other juvenile, male or female, during that season
Now undefeated in five starts and outearning her competition, Princess Lygia was a highly promising prospect. Movie mogul Louis B Mayer, who had paid $50,000 for Busher in the dawn of her spectacular three-year-old season, was looking for another champion filly. In early August 1951, The Princess was sold for a staggering $100,000 to Mayer, who immediately entered her in the Princess Pat Stakes at Washington Park, less than a week away. Nobody, least of all Mayer, could have predicted how her season would end.
Carrying Mayer’s silk for the first time, Princess Lygia met her first defeat. A Gleam, the first daughter of Busher’s contemporary, Twilight Tear, posted an upset victory, winning by six lengths.
Whether she was injured, or simply fell off her training, Princess Lygia was retired for the year following the Princess Pat Stakes. Furthermore, she lost out on the Champion Juvenile Filly title to Matron and Selima Stakes winner Rose Jet
Unfortunately, The Princess never regained her juvenile form. At three, she won only one big race, but she was close in several others. Her first major engagement of the year was the $22,700 Sea Breeze Stakes at Hollywood Park in mid-May 1952. She was beaten a head by Tonga, though she did manage to outfinish old rival A Gleam.
Encouraged by her near miss, Mayer next pointed The Princess at the Hollywood Oaks, run in the first week of June. The top three finishers of the Sea Breeze were back, and this time the finish was reversed; A Gleam “finished full of run”, while Princess Lygia “could not handle the stretch drive” of her rival. Tonga, outrun early, drove on to finish third. 
It was next on to Debonair Stakes in mid-June, and once again The Princess lost to her rival A Gleam, who skipped to a three length score. Princess Lygia lost ground in the stretch and was overtaken by the gelding Stranglehold for second. 
The Princess had a chance to step out from the shadow of A Gleam in the Ramona Handicap on July 5, but she was instead overshadowed by another champion mare. Two Lea, then in the midst of a triumphant return to racing after being sidelined by ringbone, “laid back in last place in the field”, before surging to the front with a determined finish. The Princess ended up in a dead heat for second with the older mare Ruth Lily.
Princess Lygia had once last big win in her, and this came in the Misty Isle Stakes at Arlington in late August. Almost exactly one year and a month after her last stakes victory, in the Arlington Lassie, the former undefeated champion made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle. She carried 122 pounds and was the favorite in the the field. Her only real competition seemed to be British-bred *Papoose, a daughter of champion juvenile colt Menow. In the end, Princess Lygia galloped to a four length victory, with Papoose finishing third. 
A week later came her last race. In the Sheridan Handicap at Washington Park, she was beaten by future Hawthorne Gold Cup winner Sub Fleet, piloted by Eddie Arcaro. It was close at the end, though. The Princess never gave up and Sub Fleet had to run “the fastest mile of the Chicago season” to beat her.
The Princess was a fine, if not particularly distinguished, broodmare. She was first mated in 1954, at age 5, and her first stallion was British import *Royal Charger, still in his first few years of stud in the US. The result was the filly Royal Lygia, undistinguished as both racer and broodmare.
She was given two years off before being sent back to *Royal Charger. This time the foal was colt, Prince Charger, who was stakes-placed and earned over $30,000. In 1958, she was matched with a cheap *Alibhai stallion named Quick Wink, the result of which was the colt Prince of Plenty. He was perhaps her most successful racer, winning one division of the Will Rogers Stakes and placing in both the Debonair Stakes and Bay District Handicap 
A few years later, in 1963, she was sent to Hollywood Gold Cup winner Prince Blessed, and from that produced the filly Maskette (not to be confused with the two-time champion filly of the early 20th century), who won only one race and produced even less at stud
Princess Lygia’s final foal, the filly Fleet Lygia, was her only one who left a mark at stud. Both of Fleet Lygia’s sons were stakes runners, and her older son Feisty Fighter won the 1979 Tenacious Handicap 

"The Little Princess"

She was beautiful, she was well-bred, and she was undeniably fast. In 1951, the ranks of the juvenile fillies were dominated by a nearly invincible force of nature known as Princess Lygia 

Princess Lygia was born royalty, not the least because of her parents. Her sire was stakes winner Roman, and though most of his best offspring were yet to come, he had already been represented earlier winners I Will and Cosmic Missile. She was out of a mare called Roman Matron, also the dam of Maryland Futurity winner Tuscany. Roman Matron was herself a daughter of champion juvenile colt Pompey, and her distaff side traced back to Broomstick and Peter Pan. Continuing the Roman theme, Princess Lygia was named after the fictional princess in Henryk Sienkiewicz’s 1895 novel “Quo Vadis”, who was condemned to die by Roman Emperor Nero for her Christian faith. 

A small-ish, finely boned bay, Princess Lygia was sold as a yearling for $3,600 to Core Mae Trotsek. Her training was undertaken by Trotsek’s husband, Hall of Fame trainer Harry Trotsek. It was with these connections that The Princess achieved her greatest success. She made her racing debut at the Lincoln Fields meeting at Washinton Park, and won easily by eight lengths. On June 10, 1951, she made her stakes debut, beating 11 rivals to take the Miss America Stakes, leading all the way through the five furlongs. 

A scarce month later, she was at Arlington Park for the Hyde Park Stakes, that year run in two divisions. The first part saw Washington Park Futurity winner Oh Leo posting a surprise victory, while the second featured Princess Lygia running away with it by seven lengths as the favorite. The Pollyanna Stakes was run only a week later, and again The Princess was untroubled in her victory. Jockey Kenny Church guided her to a three-length score over future Milady Handicap winner Flitting Past.

Her fifth straight victory, and her fourth stakes score, came in the $56,715 Arlington Lassie Stakes on July 19. Breaking on top and staying there, The Princess won by 3 1/2 lengths from Hadnt Orter. She was now considered the champion juvenile filly of the year, and had in fact already earned more than any other juvenile, male or female, during that season

Now undefeated in five starts and outearning her competition, Princess Lygia was a highly promising prospect. Movie mogul Louis B Mayer, who had paid $50,000 for Busher in the dawn of her spectacular three-year-old season, was looking for another champion filly. In early August 1951, The Princess was sold for a staggering $100,000 to Mayer, who immediately entered her in the Princess Pat Stakes at Washington Park, less than a week away. Nobody, least of all Mayer, could have predicted how her season would end.

Carrying Mayer’s silk for the first time, Princess Lygia met her first defeat. A Gleam, the first daughter of Busher’s contemporary, Twilight Tear, posted an upset victory, winning by six lengths.

Whether she was injured, or simply fell off her training, Princess Lygia was retired for the year following the Princess Pat Stakes. Furthermore, she lost out on the Champion Juvenile Filly title to Matron and Selima Stakes winner Rose Jet

Unfortunately, The Princess never regained her juvenile form. At three, she won only one big race, but she was close in several others. Her first major engagement of the year was the $22,700 Sea Breeze Stakes at Hollywood Park in mid-May 1952. She was beaten a head by Tonga, though she did manage to outfinish old rival A Gleam.

Encouraged by her near miss, Mayer next pointed The Princess at the Hollywood Oaks, run in the first week of June. The top three finishers of the Sea Breeze were back, and this time the finish was reversed; A Gleam “finished full of run”, while Princess Lygia “could not handle the stretch drive” of her rival. Tonga, outrun early, drove on to finish third. 

It was next on to Debonair Stakes in mid-June, and once again The Princess lost to her rival A Gleam, who skipped to a three length score. Princess Lygia lost ground in the stretch and was overtaken by the gelding Stranglehold for second. 

The Princess had a chance to step out from the shadow of A Gleam in the Ramona Handicap on July 5, but she was instead overshadowed by another champion mare. Two Lea, then in the midst of a triumphant return to racing after being sidelined by ringbone, “laid back in last place in the field”, before surging to the front with a determined finish. The Princess ended up in a dead heat for second with the older mare Ruth Lily.

Princess Lygia had once last big win in her, and this came in the Misty Isle Stakes at Arlington in late August. Almost exactly one year and a month after her last stakes victory, in the Arlington Lassie, the former undefeated champion made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle. She carried 122 pounds and was the favorite in the the field. Her only real competition seemed to be British-bred *Papoose, a daughter of champion juvenile colt Menow. In the end, Princess Lygia galloped to a four length victory, with Papoose finishing third. 

A week later came her last race. In the Sheridan Handicap at Washington Park, she was beaten by future Hawthorne Gold Cup winner Sub Fleet, piloted by Eddie Arcaro. It was close at the end, though. The Princess never gave up and Sub Fleet had to run “the fastest mile of the Chicago season” to beat her.

The Princess was a fine, if not particularly distinguished, broodmare. She was first mated in 1954, at age 5, and her first stallion was British import *Royal Charger, still in his first few years of stud in the US. The result was the filly Royal Lygia, undistinguished as both racer and broodmare.

She was given two years off before being sent back to *Royal Charger. This time the foal was colt, Prince Charger, who was stakes-placed and earned over $30,000. In 1958, she was matched with a cheap *Alibhai stallion named Quick Wink, the result of which was the colt Prince of Plenty. He was perhaps her most successful racer, winning one division of the Will Rogers Stakes and placing in both the Debonair Stakes and Bay District Handicap 

A few years later, in 1963, she was sent to Hollywood Gold Cup winner Prince Blessed, and from that produced the filly Maskette (not to be confused with the two-time champion filly of the early 20th century), who won only one race and produced even less at stud

Princess Lygia’s final foal, the filly Fleet Lygia, was her only one who left a mark at stud. Both of Fleet Lygia’s sons were stakes runners, and her older son Feisty Fighter won the 1979 Tenacious Handicap 

10AM
August 1948 - Algasir, a two-year-old son of *Sir Gallahad III, was sold to Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark for $106,000,  a record at the time for a juvenile gelding. The bidding was fierce for the highly promising gelding, who had set a world record going four furlongs in his debut race at Belmont in June
Two weeks later, Algasir carried the Clark colors for the first time, and dashed away with the Babylon Handicap at Aqueduct. With Ted Atkinson in the irons and burdened with 121 pounds, Algasir got the six furlongs in “a snappy 1:12 1/5”.

August 1948 - Algasir, a two-year-old son of *Sir Gallahad III, was sold to Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark for $106,000,  a record at the time for a juvenile gelding. The bidding was fierce for the highly promising gelding, who had set a world record going four furlongs in his debut race at Belmont in June

Two weeks later, Algasir carried the Clark colors for the first time, and dashed away with the Babylon Handicap at Aqueduct. With Ted Atkinson in the irons and burdened with 121 pounds, Algasir got the six furlongs in “a snappy 1:12 1/5”.

July112014
“Nashua…was a playboy who found distraction in everything. He reared and snatched his handlers around in the walking ring. He was ‘fractious at the post’. He played cat-and-mouse with opponents when he might have whaled the daylights out of them. He watched the infield and the stands. He shied from the strange objects which came out on the track to take pictures. He propped near the finish. Orders from jockeys he ignored, or, if the whip was laid on the the extent that he finally admitted having felt it, he was likely to repsond by going sidewise. What he could have done in the way of being a racehorse, if he could had put his mind to it, was never fully determined, because it never could be determined that he had put his mind to it.”
- Joe A Estes, American Race Horses 1935

Nashua…was a playboy who found distraction in everything. He reared and snatched his handlers around in the walking ring. He was ‘fractious at the post’. He played cat-and-mouse with opponents when he might have whaled the daylights out of them. He watched the infield and the stands. He shied from the strange objects which came out on the track to take pictures. He propped near the finish. Orders from jockeys he ignored, or, if the whip was laid on the the extent that he finally admitted having felt it, he was likely to repsond by going sidewise. What he could have done in the way of being a racehorse, if he could had put his mind to it, was never fully determined, because it never could be determined that he had put his mind to it.”

- Joe A Estes, American Race Horses 1935

9PM
4-year-old colt Black Seventeen winning the 2008 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont, beating defending champ Fabulous Strike by a head 

4-year-old colt Black Seventeen winning the 2008 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont, beating defending champ Fabulous Strike by a head 

July102014
“Assault was a rather small horse, a medium chestnut with one white hind ankle. According to measurements made after the Belmont, he stood 15.1 1/2 inches high and girthed 71 inches. He weighed about 950 pounds at the stage, measured 19 inches around the forearm, 38 at the stifle, and 17 around the gaskin. These measurements are quite ordinary; they were not what made Assault tick. He was thoroughly game, possessed of one tearing run, which needed only to be held until there could be no counter to it.”
-Joe H. Palmer, American Race Horses 1946

Assault was a rather small horse, a medium chestnut with one white hind ankle. According to measurements made after the Belmont, he stood 15.1 1/2 inches high and girthed 71 inches. He weighed about 950 pounds at the stage, measured 19 inches around the forearm, 38 at the stifle, and 17 around the gaskin. These measurements are quite ordinary; they were not what made Assault tick. He was thoroughly game, possessed of one tearing run, which needed only to be held until there could be no counter to it.”

-Joe H. Palmer, American Race Horses 1946

2PM
5-year-old gelding Jam, clearing a hurdle during a race sometime in 1952, the year he was named the US Champion Steeplechaser 

5-year-old gelding Jam, clearing a hurdle during a race sometime in 1952, the year he was named the US Champion Steeplechaser 

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