The Futurity Stakes (USA-G3) has faded to a mere shadow of what it once was, but there was a time when it was the richest event on the American racing calendar and the de facto championship event for American juveniles. In the days when it was legal for a stable to declare which of a coupled entry was intended to win, it was often the target of strategic planning as a stable might use the "declared to win" option to get some racing experience into a promising maiden while preserving the weight allowance granted to maidens. In another case, one Futurity winner may have been the first colt to make use of high-altitude training and strength training in his preparation for the historic race. 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.