This gallery features many great photos of Man o War, Seabiscuit, Citation, Dr. Fager, Buckpasser, Damascus and others to name a few.
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.