The Fair Grounds in Louisiana is one of the oldest tracks still in use in the United States and hosts a series of important Kentucky Derby prep races culminating in the Louisiana Derby (USA-II). Among the victors of this historic race is a member of the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame who never won a stakes at the Fair Grounds, yet is the subject of an annual tradition at the track. Who is this horse, and what is the tradition in his honor?
2/20/2015 05:08:46 am
Black Gold who broke down in a low level race at the Fair Grounds and is buried in the infield.
2/20/2015 05:19:13 am
The tradition would be the Black Gold Stakes named after him.
2/20/2015 05:28:49 am
The jockey who wins the Black Gold S. puts flowers on Black Gold's grave.
2/20/2015 03:28:27 pm
Yep, Black Gold. I have two copies of the Marguerite Henry book on a shelf in my living room as we speak.
2/20/2015 11:57:31 pm
Kudos to all of you! It is indeed Black Gold, who won the 1924 Louisiana Derby (then run at nearby Jefferson Park) on the way to the Kentucky Derby. He gets flowers on his grave every year from the winning jockey after the running of the Black Gold Stakes.
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