Who was the first Canadian-bred filly or mare to rack up over US$1 million on the racetrack?
A US$1,600 bargain as a yearling, this stallion was only modestly successful on the track and averaged fewer than 11 foals per crop. Nonetheless, he sired three American champions and two Kentucky Derby winners and made a substantial mark on American Thoroughbred pedigrees. Who was he?
Three years ago, American Classic Pedigrees opened up with its first 100 horse profiles. Since then, its reference library has grown to more than 1,000 profiles and articles, and over 2,400 people visit the site in any given week.
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The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame contains at least one five-generation chain among its members. Can you name all five of the Hall of Famers involved?
This American champion mare actually fractured a leg during her championship season but came back before the end of the year to score the win that clinched her title. She was a successful broodmare after her racing career, throwing two Grade I winners. Who was she?
The last champion campaigned by Calumet Farm before the legendary farm's nosedive into bankruptcy, this horse never won a stakes race until he was 5 years old. Name him.
This American leading sire had at least seven male champions or Classic winners among his descendants but passed his own fertility issues along as well, resulting in the failure of his male line in spite of its obvious quality. Name him.
Only two 20th-century members of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame boast unbeaten records. Who are they?
Modern American trainers are often reluctant to send a filly or mare out against males when there is easier money to be made in sex-restricted races, but that was not the case in earlier years. One noted 20th-century Amazon made no less than 54 starts against males. While she won but 13 of these encounters, she was almost always a factor against a deep and talented group of handicap males. Who was she?
This great champion could fly on the racetrack, but perhaps he considered the use of wings to fly as cheating, as he intensely disliked birds---to the extent that he would try to attack them if they came in range. (Or perhaps he was frightened by a famous Hitchcock movie as a colt?) Who was this famous bird hater?
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