February 2, 2023

Sprint

Last updated: 9/29/04 8:20 PM


Race No. 1 — The Century Dream Sprint
(Six Furlongs)


By Paul Buckley


On a glorious Indian summer afternoon under the Twin Spires,
14 of the fastest equine athletes of all time face off in a dash
for the ages. Here’s the illustrious field in post position
order:


















PP   HORSE
  YEAR
  AGE   WT   JOCKEY
  TRAINER
                         
1   HOUSEBUSTER   1990   3   124   C. PERRET   W. A. CROLL
JR.
2   ACK ACK   1971   5   126   W. SHOEMAKER
  C.
WHITTINGHAM
3   ARTAX   1999   4   126   J. CHAVEZ   L.
ALBERTRANI
4   COALTOWN   1949   4   126   S. BROOKS   H.A. JONES
5   DR. FAGER   1968   4   126   B. BAEZA   J. NERUD
6   BOLD RULER   1957   3   124   W. HARTACK   J.
FITZSIMMONS
7   SAFELY KEPT   1990   4   123   A. CORDERO
JR.
  A. GOLDBERG
8   NASHUA   1955   3   124   E. ARCARO   J.
FITZSIMMONS
9   TA WEE   1969   3   121   J. L. ROTZ   F. S.
SCHULHOFER
10   J. O. TOBIN   1978   4   126   S. CAUTHEN   L. BARRERA
11   TOM FOOL   1953   4   126   T. ATKINSON   J. GAVER
12   PRECISIONIST
  1985   4   126   C. McCARRON   L.
FENSTERMAKER
13   AFFECTIONATELY
  1965   5   123   W. BLUM   H. JACOBS
14   ROSEBEN   1906   5   126   W. SHAW   F. D. WEIR


Following are race records (year chosen and lifetime) for each
horse, as well as notable accomplishments and other tidbits:



1 HOUSEBUSTER




Champion
Sprinter in 1990, 1991
Won 1990
Derby Trial S. (G3) at Churchill Downs
Perret
chooses Housebuster over Safely Kept




1990
Race Record:
  11-9-1-0,
$651,236
Lifetime
Record:
  22-15-3-1,
$1,229,696
     


2 ACK ACK






Champion
Sprinter, Handicap Horse and Horse Of The Year in 1971
Won 1971 San
Carlos H. in 1:21
Won 1969
Derby Trial S., setting a new track record of 1:34 2/5
Set new
track record of 1:02 1/5 for 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar
(1970)
Set new
track record of 1:47 1/5 for 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood
Park (1971)




1971
Race Record:
  8-7-1-0,
$393,300
Lifetime
Record:
  27-19-6-0,
$636,641
     


3 ARTAX





Champion
Sprinter in 1999
Won 1999
Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Gulfstream Park, equalling
the track record of 1:07 4/5
Won 1999
Carter H. (G1) at Aqueduct, setting a new track record of
1:20 for seven furlongs
Won 1999
Forest Hills H. (G2) at Belmont Park, setting a new track
record of 1:07 3/5 for six furlongs




1999
Race Record:
  15-4-5-1,
$1,205,920
Lifetime
Record:
  25-7-9-3,
$1,685,840
     


4 COALTOWN








Champion
Sprinter in 1948
Champion
Handicap Horse and Horse Of The Year in 1949
Set a new
world record of 1:34 for the mile at Washington Park
(1949)
Equalled the
world record of 1:59 4/5 for 1 1/4 miles at Gulfstream
Park, setting a new track record in the process (1949)
Equalled the
world record of 1:47 3/5 for 1 1/8 miles at Hialeah,
setting a new track record in the process (1949)
Set a new
track record of 1:48 2/5 for 1 1/8 miles at Arlington
Park (1949)
Equalled the
track record of 1:09 1/5 for six furlongs at Hollywood
Park (1950)




1949
Race Record:
  15-12-3-0,
$276,125
Lifetime
Record:
  39-23-6-3,
$415,675
     


5 DR.
FAGER







Champion
Sprinter in 1967
Champion
Sprinter, Handicap Horse, Grass Horse and Horse Of The
Year in 1968
Set a new
world record of 1:32 1/5 for the mile in the Washington
Park H. at Arlington Park carrying 134 pounds (1968)
Set a new
track record of 1:20 1/5 for seven furlongs in the
Vosburgh H. at Aqueduct carrying 139 pounds (1968)
Equalled the
track record of 1:59 3/5 for 1 1/4 miles in the Suburban
H. at Aqueduct carrying 132 pounds (1968)
Set a new
track record of 1:59 4/5 for 1 1/4 miles at Rockingham
Park (1967)




1968
Race Record:
  8-7-1-0,
$406,110
Lifetime
Record:
  22-18-2-1,
$1,002,642
     


6 BOLD
RULER







Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year in 1957
Champion
Sprinter in 1958
Broke
Roseben’s 50-year-old track record for seven furlongs
(1:22) at Belmont, winning the Vosburgh H. in 1:21 2/5
under 130 pounds (1957)
Set a new
track record of 1:47 for 1 1/8 miles in the Flamingo S.
at Hialeah (1957)
Set a new
track record of 1:48 4/5 for 1 1/8 miles at Jamaica
(1957)
Equalled the
track record of 1:22 for seven furlongs in the Bahamas H.
at Hialeah (1957)




1957
Race Record:
  16-11-2-2,
$415,160
Lifetime
Record:
  33-23-4-2,
$764,204
     


7 SAFELY
KEPT




Champion
Sprinter in 1989
Won
Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Belmont Park in 1990
Equalled the
track record of 1:08 2/5 for six furlongs at Garden State
Park (1991)




1990
Race Record:
  10-8-0-0, $
959,280
Lifetime
Record:
  31-24-2-3,
$2,194,206
     


8 NASHUA









Champion
Two-Year-Old Colt in 1954
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year in 1955
Equalled the
track record of 1:08 1/5 for six furlongs at Belmont Park
as a two-year-old (1954)
Set a new
track record of 1:54 3/5 for 1 3/16 miles in the
Preakness S. at Pimlico (1955)
Set a new
track record of 3:20 2/5 for two miles at Belmont Park
(1956)
Finished
second to Swaps in the 1955 Kentucky Derby
Arcaro
chooses Nashua over Bold Ruler
Nashua
weighed more than 1,200 pounds while racing




1955
Race Record:
  12-10-1-1,
$752,550
Lifetime
Record:
  30-22-4-1,
$1,288,565
     


9 TA WEE




Champion
Sprinter in 1969, 1970
Won the 1969
Vosburgh H. in 1:21 3/5, defeating Shuvee, Mr. Leader and
Gamely
Half-sister
to Dr. Fager




1969
Race Record:
  10-8-0-1,
$170,663
Lifetime
Record:
  21-15-2-1,
$284,941
     


10 J. O.
TOBIN





Champion
Two-Year-Old Colt in England (1976)
Champion
Sprinter in 1978
Set a new
track record of 1:47 for 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park
(1977)
Won the 1978
Tom Fool H. at Belmont Park in 1:20 4/5 carrying 129
pounds




1978
Race Record:
  11-6-1-1,
$355,100
Lifetime
Record (North America):
  17-9-2-1,
$592,550
     


11 TOM FOOL





Champion
Two-Year-Old Colt in 1951
Champion
Sprinter, Handicap Horse and Horse Of The Year in 1953
Set a new
track record of 1:55 4/5 for 1 3/16 miles at Pimlico
(1953)
Equalled the
track record of 1:22 in the Carter H. at Aqueduct
carrying 135 pounds (1953)




1953
Race Record:
  10-10-0-0,
$256,355
Lifetime
Record:
  30-21-7-1,
$570,165
     


12 PRECISIONIST





Champion
Sprinter in 1985
Won 1985
Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Aqueduct in a time of 1:08 2/5
Equalled the
track record of 1:32 4/5 for the mile at Hollywood Park
Set a new
track record of 1:33 1/5 for the mile at Del Mar (1988)




1985
Race Record:
  9-4-3-0,
$1,106,100
Lifetime
Record:
  46-20-10-4,
$3,485,398
     


13 AFFECTIONATELY






Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly in 1962
Champion
Sprinter and Handicap Mare in 1965
Won the 1965
Vagrancy H. at Aqueduct carrying 137 pounds
Won the 1965
Toboggan H. vs. males by five lengths in 1:09 2/5
carrying 124 pounds
Won the
Sport Page H. and Vosburgh H. (both against males) in
1964




1965
Race Record:
  15-7-4-2,
$187,716
Lifetime
Record:
  52-28-8-6,
$546,659
     


14 ROSEBEN





Set a new
American record of 1:11 3/5 for six furlongs in the 1905
Manhattan H. carrying 147 pounds
Set a new
American record of 1:22 for seven furlongs in 1906 at
Belmont Park, shattering the existing record (around one
turn) of 1:24 4/5
Stood 17
hands
Called
“The Big Train” because he “carried the
freight.” The bay gelding carried 140 pounds or more
29 times, winning 14.




1906
Race Record:
  22-11-5-3,
$27,870
Lifetime
Record:
  111-52-25-12,
$75,110
     


Now, for the race:


As the gates swing open, SAFELY KEPT gets the jump on the
field, but is quickly joined by BOLD RULER and DR. FAGER to her
inside, as well as NASHUA and AFFECTIONATELY to her outside.
HOUSEBUSTER settles into sixth along the rail, with ACK ACK at
his right flank and ROSEBEN on the far outside. The rest of the
field breaks without incident, forming a third wave across the
track. An aggressive BOLD RULER seizes the lead after a sizzling
quarter-mile in :21 1/5, with DR. FAGER a neck behind to his
inside and SAFELY KEPT a half-length back in third.
AFFECTIONATELY presses from fourth on the outside while NASHUA
bides his time in fifth. After breaking a step slower than the
pacesetters, TA WEE and COALTOWN find their best strides, moving
into sixth and seventh place, respectively. HOUSEBUSTER and ACK
ACK get shuffled back a bit on the inside, as DR. FAGER and BOLD
RULER vie for the lead. ROSEBEN moves in behind NASHUA while the
early trailers cruise along within four or five lengths of the
lead.


DR. FAGER wrests a short lead from BOLD RULER as those two
accomplish a half-mile in :43 4/5. SAFELY KEPT and AFFECTIONATELY
dig in outside of the leaders while losing a bit of ground on the
turn. TA WEE’s sustained burst carries her past NASHUA into
fifth, and those two stalk the leading quartet from positions
well off the rail. From the inside out, we then find ACK ACK,
COALTOWN and ROSEBEN another length-and-a-half behind, with
HOUSEBUSTER fading and the rest getting into gear.


At the top of the stretch, DR. FAGER extends his advantage
over a game BOLD RULER to nearly a length while TA WEE ranges up
on the outside in third. NASHUA begins to uncork his rally in
fourth, and ROSEBEN blows past SAFELY KEPT and AFFECTIONATELY on
the extreme outside, taking dead aim on the leaders. In the
meantime, ACK ACK, who has saved ground on the inside under Bill
Shoemaker, moves into sixth position, and TOM FOOL launches his
bid just to their outside. After blazing the first five furlongs
in :55 2/5, DR. FAGER approaches the sixteenth pole with a
relatively safe 1 1/2-length lead over ROSEBEN, who is battling
on gamely. However, it is the great TOM FOOL who is flying down
the lane, passing “The Big Train” on the inside and
cutting into DR. FAGER’s lead with every prodigious stride.
Approaching the wire, TOM FOOL is at DR. FAGER’s neck, and with
his last stride, closes to within a nostril, but … to no avail.
It’s DR. FAGER, battling every step of the way, who prevails by a
whisker in a time of 1:07 2/5.


Following is the complete order of finish:

















FINISH
  HORSE
  MARGINS
  COMMENT
1   DR. FAGER   no   Battled
gamely to prevail
2   TOM FOOL   1   Just missed
3   ROSEBEN   1/2   Wide turn
4   NASHUA   1/2   Good effort
5   ACK ACK   3/4   Saved
ground, nice try
6   TA WEE   nk   Wide bid,
hung
7   BOLD RULER   hd   Set
blistering pace, weakened
8   ARTAX   nk   Belated bid
9   COALTOWN   1/2   Rushed,
evenly
10   PRECISIONIST
  1 1/4   Passed tired
horses
11   AFFECTIONATELY
  nk   Wide trip,
tired
12   SAFELY KEPT   1/2   On pace
three wide, tired
13   J. O. TOBIN   2 1/2   No factor
14   HOUSEBUSTER   —–   Shuffled
back, faded