This horse later became a member of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, but he began his racing career in much humbler circumstances. Among his early starts was a claiming race, which he duly won, earning a purse of US$380. Nonetheless, his owner came out a loser on the deal as he had to pay several times the value of the purse to keep the horse from being claimed away. (Under the terms of the race, which were not the same as those of a modern claimer, the owner could submit a counter-bid to keep his animal if someone put in a claim for his horse.) Shortly after the race, the owner sold the horse at a modest profit, only to see the animal become a stakes winner a couple of races later. Who was the horse, and who was his hard-luck owner?
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.