The Wackiest Turf Trivia Quiz Ever (with Answers)

1. What horse won a six-furlong stakes in 1:08 1/5 then three weeks later won a mile and a quarter stakes in 1:58 3/5?
Turkoman in the Tallahassee Handicap and Widener Handicap

2. In Dr. Fager's world record mile, name the horse in the field who once held the world record for the mile and name the horse in the field who set the fastest fractions in the history of the Kentucky Derby?
Hedevar and Kentucky Sherry

3. What filly won the Adirondack Stakes by 9 3/4 lengths, Matron by 6 1/2 lengths, Frizette, Alcibiades by 21 lengths, and Selima at 2; the Ashland, Kentucky Oaks by 4 1/4 lengths, Alabama by 16 lengths, and beat older fillies in the Delaware Handicap and Spinster by five lengths at 3; and, did not win a championship at 2 or 3?
Optimistic Gal, who could not beat Dearly Precious

4. What major sprint race for males and females had three future Hall of Fame fillies in the field and what major stakes for females had three future Hall of Fame fillies in the field? The 1969 Vosburgh Handicap had Ta Wee, Shuvee, and Gamely and the 1980 Maskette Stakes had Genuine Risk, Davona Dale, and the winner Bold ‘n Determined, also in the field was Love Sign, winner of the Test and Alabama stakes

5. What were the worst odds (not the highest, but the worst) on a horse in the history of the Kentucky Derby?
8-1 on Canonero ll as part of the mutuel field, which finished 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th ... and first. He would have been close to 100-1 as a separate betting interest

6. What horse who had finished out of the money in his only stakes appearance in 27 career starts defeated four future Hall of Famers in three different races in the same year?
Prove Out defeated Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Forego, and Cougar II in 1973

7. In the Onion/Secretariat Whitney Stakes, who finished third, how far behind Secretariat was he, and how many starts had he made in his career going into that race (within five)?
Rule by Reason finished only a half-length behind Secretariat making his 78th start

8. In the 1981 Jockey Club Gold Cup, John Henry barely defeated 50-1 shot and former $10,000 claimer Peat Moss by a head. Peat Moss did win three stakes in his career. What did those three stakes have in common?
They were all run at two miles or longer

9. Who is the shortest-priced favorite ever in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 2-5?
Honest Pleasure in 1976

10. What Triple Crown winner was not favored in the Belmont Stakes?
Assault went off as second choice to Lord Boswell, who almost caught him in the Preakness

11. Who was the first horse to go off as the favorite in all three Triple Crown races and didn't win any of them?
My Dad George in 1970

12. When Secretariat broke the track record in the Marlboro Cup who held the previous record?
Desert Vixen, who set the record the race before

13. What horse ran the second fastest mile and a half behind Secretariat in Belmont Park history?
Once again the answer is Prove Out, who won the Woodward in 2:25 4/5

14. What did Calumet's two Triple Crown winners, Citation and Whirlaway, have in common in their preparation for the Kentucky Derby?
Both ran in the one-mile Derby Trial Stakes ... four days before the Derby

15. Despite winning group 1 stakes in England and Italy, this horse, that same year, won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at odds of 119-1.
Star Appeal

16. Name the two fillies who finished second to legends Dr. Fager and Spectacular Bid in major stakes?
Gamely finished second to Dr. Fager in the Californian Stakes and Glorious Song finished second to Spectacular Bid in the Amory L. Haskell Handicap

17. Name the rivalry in which the two protagonists finished first and second six times, all in major stakes, swapping 1:32 and change miles in back-to-back stakes.
Precisionist and Greinton

18. What trainer found out before saddling a first time starter that he actually owned the horse, being in the recently deceased owner's will, and then saw that horse go on to a Hall of Fame career?
Jimmy Croll found out that day he owned Holy Bull

19. Name the former $13,000 claimer who upset Summer Guest and Numbered Account in back-to-back major stakes and the former $17,000 claimer who upset Forego in a major stakes, all in the same year, and what did they have in common?

Poker Night and Step Nicely both trained by the giant killer Allen Jerkens for Hobeau Farm

20. What filly won the English Oaks and French Oaks in a nine-day period, and who is the only filly (at least in modern times) to finish second in the English Derby? Both were owned by prominent international owners.
Pawneese, owned by Daniel Wildenstein, would also go on to beat the boys in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and Nobiliary, owned by Nelson Bunker Hunt, would go on to beat the boys in the Washington D.C. International

21. What horse won the Breeders' Cup Classic one week after his previous start?
Proud Truth, trained by John Veitch

22. What Kentucky Derby winner won his first stakes at River Downs?
Spend a Buck won the Cradle Stakes

23. What Kentucky Derby winner made 21 starts as a 2-year-old and made his career debut in January as a 2-year-old?
Carry Back

24. What horse won the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup and was voted champion sprinter the same year?
Forego in a period of six weeks won the mile-and-a-half Woodward, seven-furlong Vosburgh, and two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup in one of the great displays of versatility

25. Ruffian won nine consecutive stakes. What was the common denominator of all those victories?
She set or equaled a stakes record in all of them

26. What Belmont Stakes winner prepped for the race in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the grass?
Temperence Hill, who won the Belmont at odds of 53-1 over Genuine Risk

27. What future Hall of Famer broke his maiden at Jefferson Downs in Louisiana?
John Henry

28. What champion and Hall of Fame filly made her career debut at Fonner Park in Nebraska?
My Juliet

29. Braulio Baeza rode Hall of Famer Arts and Letters in 10 of his last 11 races starting with the Kentucky Derby. Who did he ride in the other race, what race was it, and why did he take off Arts and Letters?
Baeza rode Vitriolic in the Met Mile because he was the contract rider for Vitriolic's owner Ogden Phipps

30. What do these five horses have in common (Saigon Warrior, one win in 17 starts and beaten 31 lengths in only stakes appearance), On the Money (one win in 13 starts), Royal Leverage (one win in 10 starts and broke maiden in $10,000 claiming race), List (two wins in 20 starts), and Fourulla (no wins in four starts)?
How time have changed, all these horses ran in the 1971 Kentucky Derby

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