Monthly Archives: August 2011

Dr. Fager, 1968

Charles Hatton on 1968 Horse of the Year Dr. Fager from the 1969 American Racing Manual. ————————————————————————————————— Dr. Fager was a singular performer as a four-year-old in 1968. He was appropriately awarded Horse of the Year honors, which is the … Continue reading

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“Two Tramps in Mud Time”

by Robert Frost ——————— Out of the mud two strangers came And caught me splitting wood in the yard. And one of them put me off my aim By hailing cheerily, ‘Hit them hard!’ I knew pretty well why he … Continue reading

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Ack Ack, 1971

Charles Hatton on 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack from the 1972 American Racing Manual. ——————————————————————————————————— The Academie Francaise, whose exalted membership is restricted to what the envious call “The Forty Immortals,” generalize that there are two kinds of … Continue reading

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Swaps, 1956

It occurred to me that almost all of the horses profiled so far in this series were based in the East. Most of the champions from that era were based in the East. Lest I be accused of harboring a … Continue reading

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Jaipur, 1962 (Chicle’s Dark Door)

Charles Hatton on 1962 champion three-year-old Jaipur from the 1963 American Racing Manual. ———————————————————————————————— Jaipur is a typical Nasrullah, and a strikingly handsome colt of a sprinting mould who nevertheless proved a stayer, not unlike Sweep of old. He scored … Continue reading

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Sound and Fury

This series on sires in the fourth generation of all weanlings, yearlings, and two-year-olds sold at public auction in North America in 1999-2002 has finally concluded. Some final thoughts are in order. Occasionally I have been known to do a … Continue reading

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