It's not too uncommon for a colt to seal the championship of the 3-year-old male division by his feats during the Triple Crown series. Virtually locking down the championship even before the Kentucky Derby, on the other hand, is all but unheard of, but then, so is a 3-year-old defeating his elders in a major race so early in the year. Ironically, the hero of this week's question accomplished these feats after remaining a maiden in eight starts during his 2-year-old season. Who is 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.