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.
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.