The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes

A Comprehensive History


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About the Book

This is the definitive history of thoroughbred racing’s three premier events, which have never before been explored in such detail. This book gives the history of America’s classic races from the inaugural Belmont Stakes in 1867 through 2013, identifying which equine participants were truly worthy of lasting acclaim and which were one-hit wonders. Perhaps even more compelling are the stories of the men and women who rode, trained, owned, or bred classic winners, including their exploits on the turf and their triumphs and failures in arenas far removed from horse racing.

About the Author(s)

Richard Sowers has spent most of his professional career as a sports journalist and author. He lives in suburban Atlanta.

Bibliographic Details

Richard Sowers
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 528
Bibliographic Info: 101 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7698-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1327-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Foreword by Steve Haskin 1

Preface  2

Introduction  3

1867–1869: A Ruthless Beginning  9

1870–1879: Baltimore and Louisville Join the Party  12

1880–1889: A Select Few Rule the Classics  25

1890–1899: The Preakness Surfaces in Brooklyn  40

1900–1909: The Preakness Returns to Its Roots  53

1910–1919: East Meets West  69

1920–1929: “Three Big Events of the Year”  88

1930–1939: Five Belmonts for Belair  110

1940–1949: Streetcars and Superstars  132

1950–1959: The “Gray Ghost” Brings Turf to Television  157

1960–1969: Dramatic Duels and Controversy  184

1970–1979: Racing’s Greatest Decade  210

1980–1989: A Drought Begins  239

1990–1999: From Lukas to Baffert  273

2000–2009: Goodbye to Decades of Derby Logic  308

2010–2013: The Long Drought Continues  346

Appendix I: Resumes  363

Classic-Placed Horses    363

Classic-Placed Jockeys    375

Classic-Winning Trainers    388

Classic-Winning Owners    391

Classic-Winning Breeders    395

Classic-Winning Stallions    399

Classic-Winning Dams    403

Classic-Winning Broodmare Sires    407

Appendix II: A Racing Miscellany  411

Bibliography  462

Index  481

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Booklist; “unusual in scope and coverage…recommended”—Choice; “for reference or a thorough history on this famed sports topic…this work is the leading book in this field…unlikely to be surpassed…exhaustive and exceptionally detailed material”—Henry Berry.