The Experimental Free Handicap has now been relegated to history, but in the days of more frequent juvenile racing was an important yardstick for rating the best Classic prospects of the 2-year-old division. Begun in 1933, its weightings were based on a hypothetical race at one and one-sixteenth miles. What horse earned the highest all-time rating on the Experimental, and what horse was awarded the largest margin of superiority over his peers?
1/5/2020 02:29:27 pm
Count Fleet, weighted at 132 lbs for the Experimental Free Handicap .When bred to the mare Hugabit her foals of 1946,1948, and 1949 combined starts were 312.
1/10/2020 07:08:33 pm
Count Fleet was indeed the all-time highweight on the Experimental. Native Dancer was assigned 2 lbs less at 130 in his year, but he had a 7-pound margin of superiority over Tahitian King and Laffango. No 2-year-old colt during the history of the Experimental was ever assessed with a greater margin of superiority over his peers.
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