If Accelerate loses out in 2018 American Horse of the Year voting to Justify, it will not be the first time a top-rate older male succumbs to the prestige of the Triple Crown. This week's mystery horse won six Grade I races in a single year, yet lost out in year-end voting to a Triple Crown winner he defeated on the track. Further, he didn't even win the championship in the older male division, much to his trainer's outrage. Who was he?
This distinguished sire was not only a member of the elite "Century Club" of sires with at least 100 stakes winners to their credit but was the first to sire as many as seven sons who achieved the same distinction. Name him.
Plenty of champion horses have had races and streets named for them, but this champion was perhaps unique in having a record album and its title track both named for him. Who was he?
Defying the conventional wisdom that "they never come back again," this juvenile champion recovered from what initially appeared to be a career-ending injury to return to racing---twice. In his first comeback, he did the near-impossible by returning to championship form. In his second, he raced respectably, but when he broke down a third time, there would be no comeback; he was euthanized a few days later when it became apparent that his case was hopeless. Nonetheless, his record for resilience in the face of adversity was truly remarkable. Name him.
The four 20th century American colts to win four Derbies are Claude, Black Gold, Smarten and Olympio. Following up on that question, can anyone name a 21st century colt with four Derbies to his credit?
Four American 3-year-old colts won four Derbies each during the 20th century. Can you name all four?
Looks like last week's question was tougher than I thought. For the record, Major Treat was Man o' War's stable pony, Snowball was Cigar's, Steamboat was Seattle Slew's, Lava Man was I'll Have Another's, and Mouse was the stable pony of Monarchos.
This week's question concerns a European-born stallion whose dirty secret was revealed by a punch in the gut. While his undesirable trait made him a tough sell in Europe, it did him no harm with American breeders, and he proved a notable success after his importation. Who was he, and what was his secret flaw?
Many top racehorses have had regular stable ponies who gained fame in association with their famous friends. Name the racers associated with the following ponies: 1) Major Treat, 2) Snowball, 3) Steamboat, 4) Lava Man, and 5) Mouse.
Time for a special Breeders' Cup edition of the trivia challenge. Can anyone come up with the answers to all five questions by post time for the Breeders' Cup Classic tomorrow? As always, all answers can be found somewhere on the website.
1) Name the first Breeders' Cup winner to sire a Breeders' Cup winner and the first Breeders' Cup winner to foal a Breeders' Cup winner. (Note: The parent and foal do not necessarily have to have won the same Breeders' Cup race.)
2) Name the first horse to have won two different Breeders' Cup races.
3) Only two horses have won three Breeders' Cup races. Name them.
4) Two Breeders' Cup Classic winners have previous namesakes that were also stakes winners, although not nearly so distinguished. Identify these two horses with the recycled names.
5) Name the Breeders' Cup winners who had the following nicknames: "Daisy," "Blackie," "Lazarus," and "Honeybear."
A striking gray who went to white early, this champion was doubly conspicuous on the New York racing circuit as he was regularly ridden by a woman---as one racing writer put it, the pair might have gotten the most attention of any woman-horse duo since Lady Godiva and her white horse made their legendary ride through Coventry. Who was this top runner, and who was the woman who rode him?
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan.