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?
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.