In the Shadow of Giants

A set of yearlings strutting across a grassy field in pairs, as dripping strands of Spanish moss hang over their heads. It is the summer of 1965 and Ocala, Fla. is alive with a new crop of Thoroughbreds. The area, rich in limestone, is still in its fledgling stages that year as an alternative to the Kentucky bluegrass.

In 1943, Carl Rose, seeing the potential in the area, bought up acreage along State Highway 200 at $10 per acre, which he developed into Rosemere Farm. When his colt, Gornil, won a race at Tropical Park, he became the first Florida-raised Thoroughbred to win a race in the Sunshine State.

In 1956, Needles won the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first Florida-bred to capture the Run for the Roses.

While Ocala was growing in stature, with new breeding establishments popping up, it still had not produced a horse considered one of the all-time greats.

That is why no one could have foreseen that the group of yearlings pictured above at Tartan Farms would help change the face, not only of the Florida breeding industry, but the Thoroughbred industry as a whole.

It was only appropriate that the two yearlings who would go on to leave an indelible mark on racing and breeding were the two leading the group. On the right, in the foreground, is an Intentionally colt later to be named In Reality. To his left, and, of course, in front, is a Rough ‘n Tumble colt later to be named Dr. Fager.

Directly behind them are Ruffled Feathers, who would win the Man o’War Stakes, and Minnesota Mac, a stakes winner who would go on to sire grass champion MacDiarmida. Bred to the great Tartan Hall of Famer Ta Wee, he would sire multiple stakes winner Great Above, who in turn would sire Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Holy Bull, whose son Giacomo captured the Kentucky Derby.

From this group of yearlings, born mainly from the genius of John Nerud, came the founding fathers of the Florida breeding industry.

The only one not officially bred by Nerud and Tartan Farms (owned by William McKnight) was In Reality, who for the next three years would continue to try to get his head in front of Dr. Fager. The only time he managed it was when he launched a desperate sneak attack in the 1967 New Hampshire Sweepstakes, coming up on Dr. Fager’s inside down the backstretch trying to catch the tiger by surprise. But as soon as he stuck his head in front, his boyhood pal retaliated by attempting to savage him. Dr. Fager, of course, turned back that challenge, as he did so many others, and went on to win by 1 1/4 lengths, as both colts shattered the mile and a quarter track record, with the Good Doctor stopping the teletimer at 1:59 4/5.

Although In Reality was bred by Mrs. Frances Genter, he was raised at Tartan and his sire, Intentionally, was a Tartan foundation sire who Nerud had purchased privately as a racehorse for a then decadent $750,000.
In Reality, unlike the tall, powerful, and wild-looking Dr. Fager, was a feisty little bulldog of a horse and equally tenacious. While Dr. Fager would look you in the eye with those daggers and break your heart, In Reality was like a terrier that grabs hold of your pant leg and doesn’t let go.

Unfortunately for In Reality, he not only came along in the same year as Dr. Fager, but also Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Damascus. Unlike his two arch rivals, Damascus had the ability to pounce on his prey with a spectacular cat-like move and leave them for dead far up the track. His explosive power was unlike anything seen for decades.

But to his credit, In Reality for the most part held his own against both these legends, and asserted his authority whenever he wasn’t facing them.

In his first six career starts at 2, he won four, with two seconds. In his only two defeats, he was beaten a nose by the lightning-fast Great Power in the Sapling Stakes and only three-quarters of a length by Dr. Fager in the Cowdin Stakes, a race in which he made The Doctor, coming off three victories by a total of 27 lengths, run hard for the first time in his life, as Bill Shoemaker admittedly gave Dr. Fager a poor ride, resulting in the colt banging up his knee pretty good.

Stretching out to two turns for the first time, In Reality defeated eventual 2-year-old champion Successor by a half-length in the Pimlico-Laurel Futurity. He was unable to handle the slop at Garden State in his next start, the rich Garden State Stakes, and could only finish fourth behind Successor.

With Dr. Fager getting a late start at 3 and Damascus taking the New York route to Louisville, In Reality had a field day in Florida, winning the Hibiscus Stakes, Fountain of Youth Stakes, and Florida Derby, and finishing second in the Flamingo Stakes and Florida Breeders’ Handicap. In the latter, he was forced to carry 130 pounds and give 13 pounds to Biller, who beat him three-quarters of a length.

In Reality skipped the Kentucky Derby and was pointed to the Preakness by trainer Melvin “Sunshine” Calvert. He was primed and ready for a top effort, and although he ran a tremendous race, he couldn’t withstand the powerhouse move by Damascus, who beat him 2 1/4 lengths, with Kentucky Derby winner Proud Clarion another four lengths back in third.

What was most encouraging was the fact that In Reality, after Damascus blew by him and opened up a 3 1/2 -length lead at the eighth pole, actually came creeping back in the final eighth to finish 1 1/4 lengths closer at the wire.

It was now time to take on Dr. Fager once again, this time in the Jersey Derby at Garden State Park. The Doc had won both his starts in ’67, beating Damascus in a titanic stretch battle in the Gotham Stakes and then demolishing the speedy Tumiga in the one-mile Withers, winning by six lengths in 1:33 4/5, the fastest mile ever run by a 3-year-old in New York.

What followed was one of the most controversial races ever; one that is still talked about today by those who saw it. Nerud was a bit apprehensive running at Garden State, because as Nerud put it, the chief steward, Keene Daingerfield, didn’t like Nerud and hated (Dr. Fager’s jockey) Manny Ycaza. Daingerfield was one of the stewards who disqualified Ycaza (known for his aggressive riding) from first in the Flamingo Stakes in 1957, putting up Calumet’s Tim Tam and costing Ycaza his first $100,000 victory. Nerud knew, by having Ycaza aboard Dr. Fager, he was sitting on a potential powder keg.

Only three horses, including In Reality, dared to show up to take on The Doctor, who drew the outside post, hardly a scenario for rough riding or a disqualification. But Ycaza and Nerud were shocked when Garden State president Eugene Mori came over to Ycaza in the paddock and told him, “Manny, now no incidents today. We’ve got the biggest crowd in the history on New Jersey racing. I don’t want any trouble in this race.”

That little pep talk gave the race the last thing it needed – bad karma, especially with Ycaza waking up that morning with a premonition something bad was going to happen. But all Ycaza had to do from the outside post was to gun Dr. Fager to the lead, which he would be able to do easily, clear the field, and let him roll from there, running the others off their feet.

Ycaza had heard Sunshine Calvert give jockey Earlie Fires instructions to go to the lead and felt like he could sit right behind In Reality. But Nerud wanted no part of that.

“I don’t want Sunshine’s horse on the lead,” he shot back. “I want this horse on the lead.”

So, Ycaza gunned Dr. Fager to the lead, and what happened after that will forever be a major subject of controversy. As Ycaza cut over entering the clubhouse turn, a traffic jam ensued inside him. First Air Rights and Gallant Moment bumped twice. Then In Reality, just inside Dr. Fager, was forced to steady and came in on both of those horses at the seven-eighths pole. For a four-horse field, it was an ugly mess.

Dr. Fager went about his business, and as expected, ran the other three into the ground. After three-quarters in a sprightly 1:10 3/5, The Doc kept increasing his lead, winning eased up by 6 1/2 lengths in 1:48 for the nine furlongs, three-fifths off the track record. In Reality was eight lengths ahead of Air Rights, with Gallant Moment another 12 lengths back in fourth.

The stewards inquiry sign went up immediately, and it took only a few minutes before Dr. Fager’s number came down, placing him last.

Ycaza was shocked, citing Daingerfield’s feelings toward him, calling the disqualification “outrageous.” Both he and Nerud claimed Dr. Fager was well clear of the others and no contact was ever made.

But the bottom line was, In Reality had beaten his nemesis for what would be the only time in his career. He bounced out of that race to win the Rumson Handicap and Choice Stakes at Monmouth Park. Calvert began to contemplate taking on Damascus again in the American Derby at Arlington Park, but felt Damascus was too strong, and it would make no sense to embark on such a fruitless venture.

When Damascus’ trainer, Frank Whiteley, asked Calvert his plans, he told him he wanted no part of Damascus, who had just won the Dwyer Handicap under 128 pounds. But when Whiteley arrived at Arlington he was in for a surprise. As only Whiteley could put it, “I went into the track kitchen and there’s that little s.o.b sittin’ there. I said to him, ‘You lyin’ little s.o.b.’”

Calvert explained to him, “Well I saw you had to spot me six pounds, so I felt if I was ever going to beat your horse this would be the time.”

Well, six pounds or no six pounds, this wasn’t the time, as Damascus put in his patented explosion of a move on the far turn and blew the doors off In Reality, winning by seven lengths in a track-record 1:46 4/5.

A month later, came the New Hampshire Sweepstakes and the savaging incident, as if Dr. Fager was still upset over getting beat by In Reality by a disqualification.

In Reality made only one more start in 1967, dropping a half-length decision to High Tribute in the one-mile Jerome Handicap, giving 13 pounds to the winner.

In the winter of 1968, In Reality returned to Florida, where he had been so successful the year before. But three starts resulted in a second and two thirds. When he was sent up North, he responded by rounding into the best form of his career.

He started off by setting a track record at Bowie, winning an allowance race over Barbs Delight before defeating that rival again in the John B. Campbell Handicap. Sent to New York for the seven-furlong Carter Handicap at the newly opened Belmont Park, he defeated the swift Tumiga and Mr. Washington by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:21 4/5.

That put him on a collision course with Dr. Fager in the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap, first leg of the Handicap Triple Crown. The Doc had journeyed to California to win the Californian Stakes, but when he returned, he came down with a severe case of colic that nearly killed him and forced him to miss the Met Mile.

With Dr. Fager out of the race, In Reality had no trouble defeating Advocator, in receipt of seven pounds, by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:35 flat.

Dr. Fager recovered fully from his ordeal, while Damascus, who was now the reigning Horse of the Year, had come off a bit of layoff after a California campaign to easily win an allowance race  at Delaware Park in near track-record time.

Finally, all three horses were heading for the same race, the Suburban Handicap, second leg of the Handicap Triple Crown. It was to be a race for the ages, much the way the previous year’s Woodward Stakes was when Damascus, Dr. Fager, and Buckpasser clashed.

It was apparent that when Whiteley scratched Damascus’ rabbit, Hedevar, the morning of the race, there would be no speed to challenge Dr. Fager, and a loose-on-the-lead Dr. Fager was unbeatable. It looked as if In Reality would have to be the sacrificial lamb, but he stumbled coming out of the gate and never got close to the lead, finishing a distant last of five and suffering a career-ending injury.

Dr. Fager and Damascus, who was now the sacrificial lamb, would stage an epic battle in the Suburban, with Dr. Fager equaling the track record. Damascus, with the aid of Hedevar and five pounds, would get his revenge in the Brooklyn Handicap, breaking Dr. Fager’s short-lived record. Two track records, 16 days apart, with Dr. Fager carrying 132 and 135 pounds and Damascus carrying 133 and 130 pounds.

It was pretty obvious that In Reality, as good a horse as he was, was not quite in the same league as his two legendary rivals.

In Reality and Dr. Fager both returned to their place of birth to stand at stud, residing directly across the shed from each other. While The Doc, a terror on the track, was a pussycat as a stallion, In Reality was always up on his hind legs and raring to go, a little bundle of energy in the breeding shed who eventually became known on the farm as “War Bonnet.”

Dr. Fager died at age 12 of a ruptured stomach, and a year later was the leading sire in America. He would become a major influence on the breed, especially through his grandson Fappiano.

In Reality also would become a dominant force in the breeding industry, his name appearing in the pedigree of six Kentucky Derby winners – Orb, Unbridled. Smarty Jones, Mine That Bird, Real Quiet, and Grindstone. Other descendents of In Reality include two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow; Preakness, Belmont, and Travers winner Point Given; Belmont and Travers winner Birdstone; Belmont winner Empire Maker; Breeders’ Cup Classic and Met Mile winner Ghostzapper; and Preakness winner Oxbow, just to name a few.

Two yearlings walking across a field side by side on a summer morning had changed the face of breeding in Florida and provided racing fans with some of the greatest moments of the turbulent ‘60s, their names forever etched in racing and breeding lore.

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sceptre

Truly beautiful piece.

I remember that photo, but hadn't seen it for years...They start them early down in Florida. What a group! Dr. Fager and In Reality, both out of real "blue hens".

Ah, 1965 through 1967; the greatest racing years of my life. Nothing has ever come close since. Buckpasser, Graustark, Dr. Fager, Damascus, In Reality, Tosmah, Priceless Gem, Crème De La Crème, Father's Image; so many of my all-time favorites, all having raced within this short span of time. Glad I experienced it, but sorry for those that didn't.  

27 Feb 2014 6:32 PM
mz

Sceptre: beautifully said for all of us -- those times burn brightly in my mind too.

27 Feb 2014 7:01 PM
derbylin

Wonderful story, Steve.  Loved the photo and always love

reading about Dr Fager.  I now travel Carl Rose Hwy often living only a few miles away.

27 Feb 2014 8:12 PM
Fortune Pending

Your reminiscing never fails to bring back my own memories of those years...  Thank you.

27 Feb 2014 8:44 PM
El Kabong

Holy smokes. What a ride. If anyone wants to enjoy this to it's fullest, have Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring playing as you read. Somethings are just meant to be.  

27 Feb 2014 9:26 PM
tjconway

These horses were awesome,I wish I was born a little earlier. From Native Dancer and Round Table to Spectacular Bid and John Henry......and every great horse in between....this was the golden age of raw horse racing!

27 Feb 2014 10:25 PM
Derby Dew

Steve,

A heartfelt thank you for bringing back wonderful memories of one of my most enjoyable periods in horse racing.

When Dr. Fager was taken down in the Jersey Derby, I was in the Army stationed at Camp Zama, Japan.  I read the account of the race while having breakfast and was so upset with the disqualification, that I couldn't finish my ham and eggs and abruptly stormed out of the mess grumbling that Manny Ycaza couldn't get a break.  Ha!  Those were the days when every newspaper carried news of the major races, even the Stars & Stripes.

When I first got the racing bug in my teens, I became attached to Intentionally, In Reality's sire.  I tried to follow Intentionally's sons and daughters, including In Reality, as many of them made their daddy proud.

What fans we have today don't know what they missed  when we had racing stars that actually raced more than a dozen times during their careers.  Their durability actually allowed us to embrace and cherish them while embellishing our love for the "Sport of Kings".

Thanks again, Steve.  The flame will never burn out as long as you are around to tell the stories of the great horses and characters of racing, past and present.  Truly, one of your best articles.  Keep 'em coming!

28 Feb 2014 5:23 AM
Kelso1966

Once again, a great lesson in racing history-- We need these stories told, so all newbies to racing can see the wonderful stories from the past that makes racing so great.  Even in the few years I have been following racing, I am now following sons/daughter and grand kids of the horses I loved on the track.  It is wonderful!

28 Feb 2014 7:01 AM
Fred and Joan

This article was most enlightening! Our first farm stallions grandsire was In Reality. We read with great interest about these horses temperments and running styles. This article explains so much why are horses by Count Mein Too handle and behave the way they do when being trained. We have had the fortunate experience of handling a stallion son of Dr.Fager early on in our thoroughbred industry experience, the son ,Royal Physician was just as you described his sire to be. We feel so blessed to have handled such well bred progeny early on in our thoroughbred experience and we thank all the owners who trusted us with their horses care.

28 Feb 2014 8:30 AM
Steve Haskin

Kelso, I do these historic columns when the inspiration hits me. Unfortunately, it seems in general that most readers have little interest in history anymore and those that do, based on demographics, are the ones who were around and remember those days and those who have a current connection (descedants) to the subject involved. That's all good, and any kind of interest is welcome. But I have been cutting down on the historical columns based on the reasons mentioned and will continue to do so. I just felt inspired by that photo to complete the story of the crop of 1964. We live in a world of current events, and from a historical standpoint, only Secretariat seems to inspire younger people who wish they were around to see him in person. But I havent completely given up on exposing history to the younger generation just yet.

28 Feb 2014 9:52 AM
Linda in Texas

Thank you Steve. Did you take the photo, if so can it be reproduced? I tell myself, Steve did not make this up, it truly happened. And so life goes on for those left to try and match the greatness of the ones you write about. A tall order to fill indeed. And we must not forget to wish Mr.John Nerud a Respected and Much Earned Happy Birthday on February 9, born in 1913, he is 101 years old (same year my dad was born) and I think it has to be because of of his love of the horses. Hard to find a pedigree without his influence,though there are some and my favorite out of the blue winner that no one was expecting. Giacomo! A grey you know.

28 Feb 2014 9:57 AM
Steve Haskin

Linda, no I didnt take the photo. It actually was the cover of the Blood-Horse in early Oct. 1967, then used again with a feature on Ocala in the 1970s. Obviously, when the photo as taken it was just a general shot at Tartan Farm. Only a few years later was it discovered who those yearlings were.

28 Feb 2014 10:06 AM
trackjack

Moving story Steve, thanks.  True warriors on the track.

I caught the fever at the '68 Derby and vaguely remember some of these battles that year.  Wish I was tuned in in '67.  Thanks again.  

28 Feb 2014 10:17 AM
Daniel Jividen

Say it ain't so,  Steve!  Please don't cut back on your racing history articles.  They are the best thing you do in The Blood Horse.  The history, lore,  traditions and tall tales of thoroughbred racing are half the appeal of the game to many of us.  

28 Feb 2014 11:01 AM
deb

wow. what great horses!  I am in awe of them. Mr. Neurd is a genius!

28 Feb 2014 11:15 AM
Wiltsjen

This piece leaves me with shivers down my spine. I have read some of the histories of these greats before but it is like hearing a folk legend - I can never hear enough retellings about Dr F and Damascus especially. Mr Haskins you have a wonderful narrative style.

28 Feb 2014 1:18 PM
derbylin

Oh, please don't stop writing your historical pieces, Steve.  No one can tell them like you do. There would be a giant void left without your stories.

28 Feb 2014 2:43 PM
Steve Haskin

Thanks, Derbylin, but I didnt say I was stopping them, just not writing as many as I used to. I appreciate your comment on the other blog, and I hope you're not offended, but I didnt publish it, because it made it sound like I said that in order to get people to read them. That wasnt the case at all. I would never use threats or guilt to get anyone to read my columns. I just have to decide how much to cut down, as they do take time during our busiest time of the year. I assure you there will be others. Thanks again.

28 Feb 2014 4:06 PM
Cynthia Holt

Steve, I love to read you for the same reason I love to listen to John White.  These stories from racing's glorious past illuminate and enrich the present.   To be a turf historian is a great thing.  To be a turf historian and a compelling story-teller is a greater thing.  I wish that all of your essays were available in a single volumn (or more).  Sometimes I feel as though racing's past is written in water.  I would like to grab hold of your part in just one place.  Perhaps despite evidence to the contrary, I really do believe that the young folks care about these stories as much as us older fans.    

28 Feb 2014 8:04 PM
Cynthia Holt

* Senior moment!  JON White.

28 Feb 2014 8:11 PM
Bret Stossel

As a "misplaced" native Floridian now living in Oklahoma (while my dad lives in Ocala!), I do love reading about the greats that have come from the Ocala area, especially "The Doc."

28 Feb 2014 8:32 PM
BelmontBarb

I just joined this site Steve and the rest of you because I am so moved by your writings (especially this one)and heartfully touched by the wonderful history you bring back to life.  If only so many others knew this industry and the game the way you do (and I) and those that participate here..... My father brought me to the track before I could walk with my Mom and Uncles and cousins and I remember every name you mention here lighting up on the boards.  It was the beginning of of a love relationship I have never let go of....I  have had the rae and special opportunity to Be part of the industry as well and my passion runs deep and it is with respect and admiration for every aspect and everyone and especially that thoroughbred coming across the line.  You have touched by heart with this story as it has brought not only awakened memories but also brought tears to my eyes.  So happy to share this with you - a very special moment for me of recollection - saddens me though for those who have missed it - let hope soon again stamina and passion returns and do all we can to promote it!

What a time! What a story!  Thank you and thank you all for your comments too!

28 Feb 2014 9:05 PM
Steve Haskin

BelmontBarb, thank you very much for your beautiful words and your historical perspective and sharing your memories, and welcome aboard. If you check my archives you will find dozens of similar historical pieces, hopefully with a different twist, many of them from the '60s and '70s. Any horse in particular you're interested in let me know and I will tell you if I've done anything on him or her.

And thank you, Cynthia, for your kind words as usual.

28 Feb 2014 10:40 PM
Steve Haskin

Derby Dew, that's great stuff and wonderfully put, thank you. I'm glad you and others enjoy the ride back in time.

28 Feb 2014 10:43 PM
Terlingua

There is no better reading in the annals of thoroughbred history than one of your pieces, Steve.  As always, you have kept me spellbound following the account of Dr. Fager and In Reality. The photo completes the story.  Thank you so much for keeping history alive and introducing people to the greats of the past.

28 Feb 2014 11:42 PM
Davids

Steve, your narrative histories which expand on the 'lesser' stars are my favorites. In Reality, for obvious reasons, has always been in the shadow of his more illustrious contemporaries, on the racetrack at least.

Who could have known that when the above photograph was taken how prescient the image of those two leading yearlings would impact on racing/breeding.

When you are a child your heroes are flawless giants but as you mature you come to realise that the vanquished have almost as many qualities.    

01 Mar 2014 3:20 PM
Windolin

Even though I was born into this world with a passion and love for horses, got my first pony at 4 and first horse at 12, I did not follow racing until Secretariat. From reading every book I could get my hands on about horses, I knew the names of some of the racing greats, but little else. Steve, your articles bring these horses from the past back to life. I enjoy each and every one. Thank you for sharing them with us!

01 Mar 2014 4:12 PM
Mary

I was very young so I missed that rivalry charge.  Steve, please write an article on the life of Princequillo.  You have to look back in wonder of this horse, whose sire was a World War II casualty.  As a weanling, he came to us over stormy seas and changed the course of history around him and earned a place among thoroughbred royalty for all time.  Princequillo's story would make a great movie.    

01 Mar 2014 8:41 PM
PatsyK

And In Reality appears in the pedigree of Miss Natalie, and unraced mare who was my best friend until her untimely death. What a delight to read such a wonderful account of these horses.

01 Mar 2014 10:43 PM
PatsyK

Steve..I just read  your comment about not doing so many historical articles....PLEASE don't stop! They are wonderful. I think you provide more insider info that I was ever able to get way back then, and I just love it. Of course the races were covered in the daily papers, but Sports Illustrated rarely did anything as in depth as what you do, and I for one could only once in a great while afford to buy any of the few racing magazines that were available back then. And I love the comments of others who grew up loving the same horses I did. These articles truly fill a void nothing else comes close to.

01 Mar 2014 10:49 PM
Sail On

Steve, you bring beautiful memories alive!

02 Mar 2014 4:44 PM
David Mooberry

Mr Haskins:

Speaking of history.  Have you considered a story on Wistful or My Juliet?

03 Mar 2014 8:40 AM
Ta Wee

Great picture and story. I always wonder how much thought Mr. Nerud gave to running Dr. Fager in the Met Mile the same day of the Jersey Derby and taking on the 4yo Buckpasser.  The way the Met was run that day, there is little doubt that Dr. Fager would've won and instantly created a legacy earlier in his career. It boggles my mind thinking about what Dr. Fager may have done as 5yo.

03 Mar 2014 9:06 AM
Steve Haskin

David, I definitely have been contemplating doing something on My Juliet, one of the most underrated fillies ever. People dont realize just what she accomplished and how fast she was. It is on the back-burner.

03 Mar 2014 12:10 PM
The Deacon

Steve, anytime you write a blog about the legendary Dr. Fager I am all over it like a fly on a dead fish (couldn't think of anything else).

Till the day I pass, I believe the Doc did not interfere with the rest of the field on the club house turn. I've watched that race many times and an argument could be made it was just the bumping around for position. Ycaza was a aggressive rider who made lots of tactical mistakes in his career. He used to come west and ride at Santa Anita back in the 1960's and although he won many stake races it wasn't without drama and at times issues.

I hope you never stop writing about the all time greats.

The horses today just don't do it for me. It's not their fault, its the breeding and just the time we all now live in. I could on but you know whats wrong, no use in bringing it up...

thanks for sharing.

04 Mar 2014 2:39 AM
Melissa P

Another terrific story! I was a kid growing up in Florida in the early 60s. It was always a huge treat to go to Ocala for the day. When I think back on all the horses I probably saw and didn't realize... When we bought our first mare, it was at the Ocala sales. Bought her from Jack Dudley's consignment. I remembered the "Home of Needles" sign from my childhood and was thrilled to finally meet Mr. Dudley. That same mare we eventually bred to In Reality's son, American Standard, twice (was tripling War Relic). Wish he'd had his sire's success; but he didn't have his sire's record and he didn't get all those spectacular Tartan mares.

05 Mar 2014 2:26 PM

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