This important producer was bred in France by an American owner, was seized by the Germans during World War II, and later became the property of an exiled prince. Along the way, she produced three fine racing daughters who all achieved some significance as broodmares in their own right. Who was she?
She was as homely as Hans Christian Andersen's duckling, but as a racehorse, Kincsem ("My Treasure" in the Magyar language) became a swan of rarest beauty. 54 times she went to the post, and 54 times she returned to the winner's enclosure, having defeated the best that could be thrown against her in five countries. When she died of colic at the age of 13, all Austria-Hungary mourned, with church bells being rung from town to town as the news of the great mare's passing spread. Today, visitors to Kinscem Park near Budapest can admire a life-sized sculpture of Kincsem before going on to the museum that bears her name or taking in the racing at the course---a fitting memorial for perhaps the greatest race mare of all time.
Kincsem left a legacy in more than bronze and artifacts, however, Although she produced but five foals before her untimely death, two of her daughters, Budagyöngye and Ollyan-Nincs, became Classic winners in Central Europe before going on to found enduring families.
Kincsem's descendants were decimated during the two World Wars, but her line has survived through Balkiralyne, a Hungarian-bred granddaughter of Budagyöngye who was imported to England, and Winnica, a Polish-bred great-great-granddaughter of Ollyan-Nincs who was imported to Germany in 1922. Both recently had prominent descendants on display, for Balkiralyne is the tail-female ancestress of Coolmore's red-hot young sire Camelot, whose son Latrobe won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (IRE-I) and whose daughter Athena won the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (USA-IT), and Winnica is the ancestress of the top German producer Wellenspiel, whose sons Windstoss and Weltstar have won the last two runnings of the Deutches Derby (German Derby, GER-I).
KIncsem is so far back in the pedigrees of these modern stars that, aside from the mitochondrial DNA that is passed directly through the female line, it is impossible to determine how much if any genetic influence she has had on Camelot, Windstoss and Weltstar. Nonetheless, it is nice to think that they owe perhaps an extra touch of class to the mare that during her lifetime was Hungary's national treasure.
Named for a Navy acronym, this Suburban Handicap winner was a noted stayer who also won the Saratoga Cup twice and was later a marked influence on American breeding as well. Name this fine runner.
This fine horse was a champion in his own right, but he also gained a unique place in racing history by becoming the first horse to defeat two American Triple Crown winners during the course of his racing career. Name him.
RC ran the tables with last week's challenge, coming up with 1) Assault, 2) Chateaugay, 3) Colonial Affair and Julie Krone, 4) Point Given, and 5) Hastings. This week's challenge involves a champion whose Kentucky Derby victory not only made his sire the sire of two Derby winners but also the sire of the two longest shots to win the race up to that time. Who was this Derby winner, and who was the other longshot winner for his sire?
This week's trivia challenge is a special five-part quiz centered on the Belmont Stakes. Can you come up with the answers by post time?
1) When this champion won the Belmont Stakes, he got a chocolate cake decorated in his stable's colors. For the remainder of his career, he got a similar cake after every victory. Who was he?
2) This champion raced in the Belmont with a "lucky" chicken bone tied to his bridle, which was supposedly added to his equipment because his owner was attempting to practice "voodoo" on the colt's behalf. Who was he?
3) When this colt won the Belmont Stakes, it marked the first victory in an American Triple Crown race by a female jockey. Name this horse and his rider.
4) This Belmont Stakes winner was the first horse to win four consecutive races with purse values of US$1 million or more. Name him.
5) This notoriously ugly-tempered horse became the first of two American Classic winners produced by his dam when he won the Belmont Stakes. He was even worse-tempered as a stallion than he had been as a racer, so much so that a special runway was built between his stall and his paddock to minimize the need for human contact with him. Who was he?
The first stakes winner to carry her owner's silks, this notable broodmare was a Classic winner during her own racing career but was a better producer than runner. She produced two champions but was never named a Broodmare of the Year. Who was she?
This champion was sired by a horse that won only one race, was out of a mare that failed to place, and was trampled on as a foal to boot, leaving him with chronic soundness issues. He could have been claimed for as little as US$1,500 early in his career but later became the best American stayer of his day. Who was he?
This week's trivia challenge is another five-part special centered on the Preakness Stakes. See if you can come up with the answers by post time.
1) A notoriously strong-willed animal who was the terror of starting crews throughout his career, this Preakness winner earned the nickname "The Iron Horse" after starting 103 times. Prior to many of these starts, he dragged two or three assistant starters all over the track for as much as 15 minutes, leaving the question open as to how many races he might have won had he not insisted on squandering his energies in this way. Who was he?
2) This Preakness Stakes winner was a champion of the highest class on the track but later achieved a less-desirable milestone: he became the first horse to receive radiation treatment for cancer. Who was he?
3) Who was the first Preakness Stakes winner to sire a Preakness winner?
4) Who was the first trainer to condition different winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in the same year?
5) This Preakness winner was the first horse to run in all three legs of what is now considered the American Triple Crown series. Who was he?
This grandson of Northern Dancer had a name that meant "a brook" in Arabic, and that was a fair description of his impact as a racehorse. As a sire in South America, however, his influence could be better compared to the mighty Amazon River, as he picked up a total of 20 sire titles. Who was he?
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