This gallery features many great photos of Man o War, Seabiscuit, Citation, Dr. Fager, Buckpasser, Damascus and others to name a few.
Considered by many the fastest race horse ever. Dr. Fager is shown with trainer John Nerud outside his barn. In 1968, Dr. Fager achieved something that no other race horse ever did. He won 4 Eclipse Championship awards, a horse racing first. He was named Top Sprinter, Top Older Horse, Top Turf Horse and Horse of the Year. His achievements included numerous track records while carrying extraordinary weights, as much as 139 pounds!! An impost that no modern race is now ever asked to carry. This was one exceptional race horse performer.
Northern Dancer follows up his Kentucky Derby victory by winning the 1964 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course by 2 and 1/4 lengths. He would be beaten in the Belmont Stakes by Quadrangle before winning the Queens Plate in Canada. He was then retired from horse racing and went on to a fabulously successful career as a horse racing stallion in the breeding shed.
Seabiscuit roars into the first turn at Pimlico Race Course in the 1938 Pimlico Special, otherwise known as "The Match Race" vs. War Admiral in what was considered the premier horse racing event of the first half of the 20th century. Even President Roosevelt took time off from a staff meeting to listen to this magnificent horse race on the radio.
Whirlaway gives the legendary Eddie Arcaro his first of two Triple Crown championships in the 1941 Belmont Stakes. Whirlaway even ran in a prep race between the Preakness and the Belmont. A feat that no race horse today would even consider doing. Whirlaway finished first, second or third in 56 out of 60 career horse racing starts. An extraordinary feat by any measure.
1948 Triple Crown winner Citation poses outstide his barn at Belmont Park with trainer Jimmy Jones. Eddie Arcaro rode Citation to his second Triple Crown championship, the only rider in horse racing history to do so. Citation would also go on a winning streak that would run for 16 straight races. Gallery of Champions copyright watermark does not appear on the actual photograph.
The legendary Kelso is shown outside his barn at Belmont Park. Kelso won Horse of the year an unequaled 5 times, 1960-1964. His other horse racing achievements included winning almost $2 million in purse money in the early 1960's, a time when horse racing purses were nothing compared to the purses of today.
The legendary Man o' War pulls up after winning the 1920 Belmont Stakes. There was only one opponent in the Belmont Stakes, having scared away almost all opposition. Only an overmatched Donnacona ran against Man o' War and was beaten by 20 lengths in the "Test of the Champion". Man o' War was ridden by Clarence Kummer.