January 28, 2023

Turf

Last updated: 10/27/04 3:40 PM


Race No. 6 — The Century Dream Turf (1
1/2M)


By Paul Buckley


Hailing from such faraway places as Gilltown Stud (Ireland),
Razza Dormello (Italy), Chez Ternynck (France), Seadown Stud (New
Zealand) and Meadow Stable (USA), 14 legends of the turf converge
upon Churchill Downs, ready to lay it on the line …one last
time. Here they are, in post position order:


















PP   HORSE
  YEAR
  AGE   WT   JOCKEY
  TRAINER
                         
1   EXCELLER   1978   5   126   F. HEAD   C.
WHITTINGHAM
2   DAYLAMI
(Ire)
  1999   5   126   L. DETTORI   S. SUROOR
3   NIJINSKY II   1970   3   122   L. WARD   V. O’BRIEN
4   ALLEZ FRANCE
  1974   4   123   Y.
SAINT-MARTIN
  A. PENNA
5   JOHN HENRY   1981   6   126   L. PINCAY   R. McANALLY
6   ROUND TABLE   1958   4   126   W. SHOEMAKER
  W. MOLTER
JR.
7   RIBOT (Ity)   1956   4   126   E. CAMICI   F. TESIO
8   SEA-BIRD II
(Fr)
  1965   3   122   P. GLENNON   E. POLLET
9   MILL REEF   1971   3   122   G. LEWIS   I. BALDING
10   DAHLIA   1974   4   123   B. PYERS   M. ZILBER
11   ALL ALONG
(Fr)
  1983   4   123   W. SWINBURN   P. BIANCONE
12   SECRETARIAT   1973   3   122   R. TURCOTTE   L. LAURIN
13   ALLEGED   1977   3   122   L. PIGGOTT   V. O’BRIEN
14   PHAR LAP
(NZ)
  1930   4   125   J. PIKE   T. WOODCOCK


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



1 EXCELLER







Won
England’s Coronation Cup (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles)
in 1977
Three-time
Group 1 winner in France (lifetime)
Seven-time
Grade 1 winner in North America
Won 1978
Jockey Club Gold Cup S. (G1) at Belmont Park, defeating
Seattle Slew and Affirmed
Won 1978 San
Juan Capistrano H. (G1) at Santa Anita, defeating Noble
Dancer
Won 1977
Canadian International Championship S. (G1) at Woodbine,
defeating Majestic Light




1978
Race Record:
  10- 7-1-0,
$879,790
Lifetime
Record:
  33-15-5-6,
$1,654,003
     


2 DAYLAMI
(Ire)











High Weight
Three-Year-Old in France (7-9.5 furlongs) (1997)
High Weight
Older Horse in England (9.5-11 furlongs) (1998)
Champion
Turf Horse in 1999
Won 1999
Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park
Won 1998 Man
o’ War S. (G1) at Belmont Park
Won France’s
classic Dubai Poule D’essai des Poulains (French 2000
Guineas) (G1) for three-year-old colts in 1997
Won
England’s Coral-Eclipse S. (G1) (3&up at 1 1/4 miles)
in 1998
Won
England’s Vodafone Coronation Cup (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2
miles) in 1999
Won
England’s King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth Diamond S.
(G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles) in 1999
Grandson of
Mill Reef




1999
Race Record:
  6- 4-1-0,
$2,361,514
Lifetime
Record:
  20-11-3-4,
$3,472,032
     


3 NIJINSKY
II












Champion
Two-Year-Old Colt in England (1969)
Champion
Two-Year-Old Colt in Ireland (1969)
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year in England
(1970)
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt in Ireland (1970)
Winner of
England’s Triple Crown in 1970
Won
England’s classic Two Thousand Guineas (3yo colts and
fillies at one mile) in 1970
Won
England’s classic Epsom Derby (3yo colts and fillies at 1
1/2 miles) in 1970
Won Irish
Derby (3yo colts and fillies at 1 1/2 miles) in 1970
Won
England’s King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth S.
(3&up at 1 1/2 miles) in 1970
Won
England’s classic St. Leger S. (3yo colts and fillies at
1 mile, 6 furlongs and 127 yards) in 1970
Finished
second in France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (3&up at
1 1/2 miles) in 1970




1970
Race Record:
  8-6-2-0,
$629,078
Lifetime
Record:
  13-11-2-0,
$677,118
     


4 ALLEZ
FRANCE











Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly in France (1972)
Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly in France (1973)
Champion
Older Mare and Horse Of The Year in France (1974)
Champion
Older Mare in France (1975)
Won France’s
classic Poule D’essai des Pouliches (French 1,000
Guineas) (G1) for three-year-old fillies, defeating
champion Dahlia (1973)
Won France’s
classic Prix de Diane (French Oaks) (G1) for
three-year-old fillies, defeating champion Dahlia (1973)
Won France’s
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles)
in 1974
Finished
second in France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) in 1973
Eight-time
Group 1 winner in France (lifetime)
Daughter of
Sea-Bird II




1974
Race Record:
  5-5-0-0,
$Not Available
Lifetime
Record:
  21-13-3-1,
$Not Available
     


5 JOHN
HENRY








Champion
Turf Horse in 1980
Champion
Turf Horse, Handicap Horse and Horse Of The Year in 1981
Champion
Turf Horse in 1983
Champion
Turf Horse and Horse Of The Year in 1984
Won 15 Grade
1 races (lifetime), of which 3 were on dirt and 12 were
on grass; of those 12, 9 were at 1 1/2 miles
Equalled the
course record of 2:23 for 1 1/2 miles on turf in the 1980
San Luis Rey S. (G1) at Santa Anita
Set a new
course record of 2:13 for 1 3/8 miles on turf in the 1984
Golden Gate H. (G3) at Golden Gate Fields




1981
Race Record:
  10-8-0-0,
$1,798,030
Lifetime
Record:
  82-39-15-9,
$6,591,860
     


6 ROUND
TABLE









Champion
Grass Horse in 1957
Champion
Grass Horse, Handicap Horse and Horse Of The Year in 1958
Champion
Grass Horse and Handicap Horse in 1959
Set or
equalled 15 track records (lifetime)
Equalled the
world record of 1:46 4/5 for 1 1/8 miles in the 1958 San
Antonio H. at Santa Anita carrying 130 pounds
Set a new
American record of 1:53 2/5 for 1 3/16 miles on turf in
the 1959 Arlington H. at Arlington Park carrying 132
pounds
Set a new
American record of 1:47 1/5 for 1 1/8 miles on turf in
the 1959 Stars and Stripes H. at Washington Park carrying
132 pounds
Set a new
American record of 1:58 2/5 for 1 1/4 miles on turf in
the 1959 San Marcos H. at Santa Anita carrying 132 pounds




1958
Race Record:
  20-14-4-0,
$662,780
Lifetime
Record:
  66-43-8-5,
$1,749,869
     


7 RIBOT
(Ity)








Champion
Two-Year-Old in Italy (1954)
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt in France (1955)
Horse Of The
Year in Europe (1955)
Champion
Older Horse in England (1956)
Won France’s
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (3&up at 1 1/2 miles) in
1955 and 1956 by three and six lengths respectively
Won
England’s King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth S.
(3&up at 1 1/2 miles) in 1956 by five lengths
Note: After
closer inspection of Ribot’s accomplishments, I’ve
decided to enter him as a four-year-old (1956) – a year
in which his smallest margin of victory was four lengths




1956
Race Record:
  7-7-0-0,
$172,945
Lifetime
Record:
  16-16-0-0,
$286,107
     


8 SEA-BIRD
II (Fr)






Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt, Handicap Horse and Horse Of The Year
in France (1965)
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year in England
(1965)
Won
England’s classic Epsom Derby (3yo colts and fillies at 1
1/2 miles) in 1965
Won France’s
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (3&up at 1 1/2 miles) in
1965 by six lengths, defeating winners of the French,
Irish, Russian and Kentucky Derbies, French Oaks and
Washington D.C. International
Finished
second to Grey Dawn II (Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in
France) in the 1964 Grand Criterium, for his only career
defeat




1965
Race Record:
  5-5-0-0,
$Not Available
Lifetime
Record:
  8-7-1-0,
$646,906
     


9 MILL
REEF









Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year in England
(1971)
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt in France (1971)
Champion
Older Horse in France (1972)
Won
England’s classic Epsom Derby (3yo colts and fillies at 1
1/2 miles) in 1971 by two lengths
Won
England’s King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth S. (G1)
(3&up at 1 1/2 miles) in 1971 by six lengths
Won France’s
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles)
in 1971 by three lengths
Won
England’s Coronation Cup (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles)
in 1972
Finished
second to champion Brigadier Gerard in England’s classic
Two Thousand Guineas (G1) (3yo colts and fillies at one
mile) in 1971




1971
Race Record:
  6-5-1-0,
$Not Available
Lifetime
Record:
  14-12-2-0,
$Not Available
     


10 DAHLIA












Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly and Horse Of The Year in England
(1973)
Champion
Older Mare, Grass Horse and Horse Of The Year in England
(1974)
Champion
Older Mare in England (1975)
Won 1973
Irish Guinness Oaks (G1) at the Curragh
Won
England’s King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth S. (G1)
(3&up at 1 1/2 miles) in 1973 by six lengths,
defeating winners of the English, Irish and French
Derbies, as well as future Arc winner Rheingold; won same
race again in 1974 by 2 1/2 lengths
Won 1973
Washington D.C. International H. (G1) at Laurel,
defeating Big Spruce
Won
England’s Benson and Hedges Gold Cup (G1) (3&up at 1
5/16 miles) in 1974 and 1975
Won France’s
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) in 1974
Won 1974 Man
o’ War S. (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles) at Belmont Park
Won 1974
Canadian International S. (G2) (3&up at 1 5/8 miles)
at Woodbine, defeating Big Spruce and Epsom Derby winner
Snow Knight, and setting a new course record of 2:40
Won
Hollywood Invitational Turf H. (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2
miles) in 1976




1974
Race Record:
  10-5-0-3,
$Not Available
Lifetime
Record:
  48-15-3-7
$Not Available
     


11 ALL
ALONG (Fr)









Champion
Older Mare in France (1983)
Champion
Turf Mare and Horse Of The Year (1983)
Co-Champion
Older Mare in France (1984)
Won France’s
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles)
in 1983
Won 1983
Rothmans International S. (G1) (3&up at 1 5/8 miles)
at Woodbine
Won 1983
Turf Classic S. (G1) at Aqueduct by 8 3/4 lengths
Won 1983
Washington D.C. International H. (G1) at Laurel
Granddaughter
of Round Table




1983
Race Record:
  7-4-1-1,
$2,156,042
Lifetime
Record:
  20-9-3-2,
$2,935,572
     


12 SECRETARIAT







Champion
Two-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year in 1972
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt, Grass Horse and Horse Of The Year in
1973
Triple Crown
winner in 1973
Set a new
American record of 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles in the Belmont S.
(G1) (1973)
Set a new
course record of 2:24 4/5 for 1 1/2 miles on turf in the
Man o’ War S. (G1) at Belmont Park (1973)
Won 1973
Canadian International S. (G2) (3&up at 1 5/8 miles)
at Woodbine, defeating Big Spruce by six lengths




1973
Race Record:
  12-9-2-1,
$860,404
Lifetime
Record:
  21-16-3-1,
$1,316,808
     


13 ALLEGED







Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt in England (1977)
Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt in France (1977)
Champion
Older Horse in France (1978)
Won France’s
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) (3&up at 1 1/2 miles)
in 1977 and 1978
Finished
second to champion filly Dunfermline in England’s classic
St. Leger S. (G1) (3yo colts and fillies at 1 mile, 6
furlongs and 127 yards) in 1977, for his only career
defeat
Great-grandson
of Ribot




1977
Race Record:
  6-5-1-0,
$324,693
Lifetime
Record:
  10-9-1-0,
$636,775
     


14 PHAR
LAP






Champion
Three-Year-Old Colt in Australia (1930)
Won
Australia’s Melbourne Cup (3&up at 2 miles) in 1930
by three lengths, carrying 138 pounds
Won 1932
Agua Caliente H. (3&up at 1 1/4 miles on dirt) by two
lengths, setting a new track record of 2:02 4/5
Stood at
17.1 hands, with a girth measuring 79 inches
Nicknamed
the “Red Terror”




1930
Race Record:
  21-19-1-1,
$141,240
Lifetime
Record:
  51-37-3-2,
$301,402
     


Now, for the race:


The field breaks in good order, with the undefeated RIBOT
assuming command, pursued by ALLEGED to his outside and the
venerable JOHN HENRY to his inside. ROUND TABLE takes up the
chase in fourth, flanked by DAYLAMI along the fence and the giant
PHAR LAP in the three-path. MILL REEF settles into seventh, while
Liam Ward aboard NIJINSKY II elects to save ground into the first
turn in eighth. ALL ALONG tracks PHAR LAP in ninth and
SECRETARIAT races widest of all in 10th. SEA BIRD glides along in
11th, followed by EXCELLER, ALLEZ FRANCE and DAHLIA.


There are few position changes as the field passes the stands
for the first time, with RIBOT clicking off his first half-mile
in a solid :47 2/5. Heading into the clubhouse turn, ALLEGED and
JOHN HENRY appear content to stalk in second and third
respectively, with ROUND TABLE a comfortable fourth and PHAR LAP
to his outside in fifth. DAYLAMI, NIJINSKY II and EXCELLER manage
to save ground, while ALL ALONG, SECRETARIAT and DAHLIA take the
overland route.


As they race down the backside, RIBOT continues to lead by a
length over ALLEGED, with JOHN HENRY a half-length farther back
in third. After six furlongs in 1:11 2/5 and a mile in 1:35 3/5,
the field remains tightly bunched, with DAHLIA trailing by less
than 10 lengths. Around the far turn, RIBOT extends his advantage
over ALLEGED to two lengths, and JOHN HENRY is unable to respond
in third. Meanwhile PHAR LAP, known ‘down under’ as the “Red
Terror”, launches a wide bid in fourth, quickly passing the
stalkers. DAYLAMI is pinned on the rail behind JOHN HENRY, with
ROUND TABLE to his outside. MILL REEF follows PHAR LAP, but can’t
quite match that rival’s acceleration. SEA BIRD begins to weave
his way through traffic from the back of the pack, while
SECRETARIAT uncorks his rally on the extreme outside.


RIBOT accomplishes the first 1 1/4 miles in a superb 1:59 4/5,
with a 2 1/2-length lead over PHAR LAP. ALLEGED, JOHN HENRY and
ROUND TABLE press on gamely, but the unrelenting pace is taking
its toll. At the top of the stretch, SECRETARIAT is gaining
ground, and jockey Pat Glennon steers the mighty SEA BIRD to the
outside for his final charge. With less than a furlong to go,
RIBOT maintains his 2 1/2-length advantage over PHAR LAP, with
SECRETARIAT moving into third and SEA BIRD traveling fastest of
all in fourth. Approaching the wire, it’s all RIBOT, as he
cruises home to a three-length victory over a fast-closing SEA
BIRD. Time for the race is 2:23 4/5, shattering the track record
by 2 3/5 seconds. PHAR LAP holds off SECRETARIAT for third, and
MILL REEF checks in a very respectable fifth.


Following is the complete order of finish:

















FINISH
  HORSE
  MARGINS
  COMMENT
1   RIBOT   3   Set pace,
won handily
2   SEA BIRD   1/2   Swung out at
top of stretch, finished fast
3   PHAR LAP   nk   Launched bid
on turn, held gamely for third
4   SECRETARIAT   1   Wide trip,
battled to wire
5   MILL REEF   3/4   Finished
well without threatening
6   ALLEGED   nk   Stalked
winner, couldn’t keep pace
7   JOHN HENRY   hd   Saved
ground, weakened
8   NIJINSKY II   1   Mid-pack
throughout
9   ROUND TABLE   hd   Forwardly
placed, tired
10   ALL ALONG   1/2   Three-wide
trip, evenly
11   DAHLIA   nk   Trailed for
one mile, passed tired horses
12   DAYLAMI   1 1/4   Saved ground
mid-pack, tired
13   EXCELLER   1/2   Rated toward
rear, no factor
14   ALLEZ FRANCE
  —–   Trailed
after one mile, dull