This filly was a poor mover at her slow paces due to an injury caused by a severe kick when she was a foal. Although she actually dragged the affected foot when walking, she overcame both her injury and the indignity of being dropped into a US$8,000 maiden claimer in her first start to become a champion. Name her.
Although Brokers Tip is unusual in scoring his only career win in a Classic race (in his case, the Kentucky Derby), he is not unique in having done so. This week's subject is a mare who likewise scored her only career victory in a Classic event before producing two champions, one of them a champion sire as well as a champion runner. Who was she?
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?
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.