Monthly Archives: June 2011

Never Bend, 1962

Charles Hatton discourses on 1962 champion 2-year-old Never Bend from the 1963 American Racing Manual. ——————————————————————————————————– Never Bend was heralded as “a runner” long before he came to the races. Unlike so many other promising newcomers, he proved not merely … Continue reading

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Prince John, Fourth Generation

Last week featured Charles Hatton’s description of 1968 Belmont Stakes winner and champion three-year-old Stage Door Johnny from the 1969 American Racing Manual. Now let us turn our attention to his sire, Prince John, as a name in more current … Continue reading

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Ruler On Ice

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! to all the connections of 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice. “I liked the way Stage Door Johnny progressed rapidly at three and won the Belmont in his very first start in a stakes race. Three-year-olds are still … Continue reading

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Stage Door Johnny, 1968

Not sure why I liked Stage Door Johnny. Initially it was because I did not want Forward Pass to be a Triple Crown winner with an asterisk. I liked Greentree because they had owned Tom Fool. I liked most of … Continue reading

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Hoist the Flag, 1970

Tom Rolfe has been our subject for the past two weeks. The best son of Tom Rolfe was 1970 champion two-year-old Hoist the Flag, who is profiled now in the words of Charles Hatton from the 1971 American Racing Manual. … Continue reading

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