This noteworthy American sire suffered a cracked stifle, an infected ankle (which remained permanently stiffened after the infection cleared up) and a case of pneumonia that left him with a breathing issue before he ever got to the races, so his true level of talent is hard to assess. To add indignities to the injuries he had already suffered, he made his first start in a modest maiden claimer and later began his stud career as a teaser. Nonetheless, he sired three American champions as well as a near-champion who became a first-rate sire. Who was he?
This American Classic winner was the first horse to be ridden to victory in an American Triple Crown race by a woman. Name the horse, the race, and the year of his history-making victory.
This three-time Grade I winner saved the best race of his career for his owner's 45th wedding anniversary, winning the Kentucky Derby on that day. Who was he?
This American champion was as tough as nails and needed to be. Not only did she make 22 starts as a juvenile, but she survived a storm while being shipped by boat between races. She later became the dam of a champion and the ancestress of quite a few good horses. Name her.
This important broodmare was Daddy's girl when it came to her disposition, which was so cantankerous that she was taken out of training after just four starts. After producing a Kentucky Derby winner, however, she became the first million-dollar mare sold at public auction (US dollars). Who was she?
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.