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?
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.