Wow! Your answers were amazing! 93% accurate of all those who posted answers. I’m glad that you had fun!!!!!
#1- SPEARMINT (1903)
A wonderful competitor who won the Epsom Derby and the Grand Prix du Paris (FR). This game son of Carbine produced Johren (1915), who won the Belmont in
1918 and Royal Lancer (1919) who won the St. Leger and the Irish St. Leger.
#2 — SIGNORINETTA (1905)
This lovely girl raced at the same time as the equally brilliant Pretty Polly. Sadly, she had a very “bloody-minded” owner and failed to reproduce herself as a broodmare. But she was one great filly!!!!
#3 — ROCK SAND (1900)
This is an original cyanotype photo of the broodmare sire of Man O’ War during his racing days. Rock Sand won the British Triple Crown in 1903. Sold to August Belmont II, he came to the USA to stand at stud and sired Mahubah (1910). He was sold and returned to France in 1912.
#4 –WAR ADMIRAL (1934)
Such a cute photo of one of the greats, napping shortly before he was to make history!
#5 –YOUR HOST (1947)
Sire of Kelso. To my mind, one of the absolutely bravest horses of all time. I won’t say more since I intend to tell his story sometime soon — he deserves a space all his own!
#6 — TOM ROLFE (1962)
#7 — RON TURCOTTE (jockey)
Tom Rolfe was another thoroughbred champion and sire of Bowl Game and Run The Gauntlet. The mighty son of Ribot also carried the Teddy line on the bottom of his pedigree. And Ronnie Turcotte — we sometimes forget that he was an accomplished athlete long before the Secretariat days!
IMPORTANT NOTICE from Abigail
THE VAULT has many more readers than those of you who leave (terrific!) comments or have joined as followers (thank you!). I have just realized that all of us can do something IMPORTANT for horse rescues in the USA & Canada, as well as for organizations that are actively involved in the fight against horse slaughter. All you have to do is to CLICK on ONE or ALL of the ads on this page. (When you click, you are under NO obligation to buy anything!) This way, the blog makes money and anyone wanting to contribute to a worthy cause, or causes, can make their voice heard in a very real way. (I actually CLICK every day on the CARE2 web site — they have important causes there that rely on clicks for funding. That was how I realized that our community @ THE VAULT could do the same thing!)
I propose to make this request of ALL of THE VAULT readers through to the end of March to see what we can raise.
I’ll post our earnings @ the end of March on THE VAULT. Then we can decide together if it’s worth the effort or not; and, if it is, who should be on our list of donations. I have ideas of my own about that, but would like to add them to your views and decide together how to proceed.
If you like the idea, please CLICK on one or more of the ads.
Do it for the horses you have loved, love today and will love tomorrow — and for the many, many volunteers who are trying to assure their right to a long, safe life after they leave the sport or the breeding shed!
WHO AM I?
A wee bit of fun.
Here are a few of the cherished photos from THE VAULT, together with a quiz question(s). Record your answers in the comment box below. The answer key will be posted on Monday, March 7. Have fun & please let me know if you would like an “open vault” like this periodically! (It doesn’t need to always take the form of a quiz….)
#1. CLUE: I was born very early in the last century in England. Even though I was known for my bad front legs, I won the Epsom Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp in the same year. One of my sons won the Belmont Stakes in 1918 and another son was the leading sire in the USA 5 years later. A daughter of mine is one of the most important brood mares of the 20th century and another is the granddam of Phar Lap.
#2. CLUE: I am a very famous filly who was also born at the beginning of the last century. Some say I was the greatest filly of the twentieth century — although I did have some competition for that title, in the form of Pretty Polly! I won the Epsom Derby and the Oaks (England) in the same year.
#3. CLUE: I am a British Triple Crown winner born at the turn of the last century who was purchased by August Belmont and shipped to the USA in 1905/1906. Without me, there would never have been a “mostest horse”!
#4. CLUE: I was one gutsy horse, even though I was a “little guy,” unlike my famous sire. I’m a Triple Crown winner. This is me at 5 a.m. the day of the Belmont….and as history was to show, it’s a darn good thing that no-one woke me up!
#5 CLUE: Going by names alone, I’m the most hospitable guy in this whole gang! I may also be the one with the biggest heart. Even though my running style got me the nickname “The Twister”, I got the better of them all: I gave the USA its “K-Man”!!!!
#6 CLUE: Here I am winning the Preakness. I was trained by the same man who trained Damascus and Ruffian.
#7 CLUE: Who is my jockey?
Next Week: At the request of one of THE VAULT’s readers, next week’s article will look at Damascus, a thoroughbred champion who came down to us from a quite amazing bloodline…..