"Eclipse first, the rest nowhere," reflects the fact that the great 18th-century champion routinely left his opponents outside the distance pole (beyond which no placings were made) on the four-mile courses typical of his time. Modern racing no longer uses a distance pole, but some champions have still had some amazingly long margins recorded in the record books. What horse holds the 20th-century record for the greatest recorded margin in a major stakes race in North America, and in what race was the record set?
7/9/2021 10:31:51 pm
It's got to be Man o' War in the 1920 Lawrence Realization, a victory thought to be a hundred lengths. I think he set a world record time in that race as well.
7/12/2021 07:59:58 am
I think duchess got it with Man O' War in the 1920 Lawrence Realization. He won by 100 lengths, but some people thought it may have actually been 200 lengths.
7/16/2021 07:37:24 pm
Yes, it was Man o' War. Noted racing writer Joe Palmer was among those who thought that the true margin was more like 200 lengths.
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