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?
In honor of the Kentucky Derby, here's a special five-question challenge. See if you can answer all the questions by post time!
1) What Kentucky Derby winner shared his name with his trainer?
2) This Kentucky Derby winner was the subject of the first sports documentary to use multiple cameras during filming. Who was he?
3) What Kentucky Derby winner is the namesake for a line of Australian baked goods?
4) What Kentucky Derby winner was the first to be the subject of a stewards' inquiry regarding the race?
5) What is the latest day of the year on which the Kentucky Derby has ever been run?
This rather nasty-tempered mare was one of four Kentucky Oaks winners for her owner but failed to win another stakes race. Temper and all, she proved a gem in the breeding shed, producing three classy daughters and founding one of the great families of the 20th century. Name her.
Perhaps this Kentucky Derby winner should invest in a beret and a palette. In an art sale to benefit Thoroughbred retirement, he supplied the sales-topping piece of equine artwork, besting at least five other horses who were champions or Classic winners before they turned their talents to creating paintings for charity. Who was/is he?
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan.