This gallery features many great photos of Man o War, Seabiscuit, Citation, Dr. Fager, Buckpasser, Damascus and others to name a few.
Buckpasser 1966 Arlington Classic Handicap. Buckpasser set the then World Record for horse racing on dirt at 1 Mile in 1:32.3. Buckpasser would go on to amass a lifetime record of running first 25 times and second 4 times out of 31 lifetime starts. The only times he finished worse than second was in his first lifetime start and in his only start on turf.
1948 Triple Crown winner Citation drives to the wire in the 1948 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. 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. #520 Gallery of Champions copyright watermark does not appear on the actual photograph.
1948 Triple Crown winner Citation is shown in a 1950 workout at Santa Anita Park. 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. He came back in 1950 to become the first equine millionaire in horse racing history.
The champion Damascus is shown in the post parade prior to the 1968 San Fernando Stakes at beautiful Santa Anita Park. Damascus was only off the board once in 32 lifetime starts, his last start in the 1968 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. A race in which he bowed a tendon and was then retired. This legendary race horse was ridden at Santa Anita by Bill Shoemaker.
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.