A Look Back--03/03/06

Jan 19, 2009 - 4:16 AM

Assault’s Convincing Win In The Belmont Stakes Makes Him The Horse Of The Year
June 7, 1946
The result of the Belmont Stakes last Saturday may be said to have clinched several things.

In the first place, by winning it, and the so-called American “Triple Crown,” Assault not only stamped himself supreme among the season’s three-year-olds–he demonstrated that if he holds his form there can be little uncertainty about the “Horse of the Year.”

It seems there is little chance of “stopping him” from the breaking of a whole bouquet of records.

He has already won $303,520 this year, and for the first time since Gallant Fox gathered in his $308,275 back in 1930 that world-record for a single season’s winnings by a Thoroughbred seems certain to be wiped out.

Two of Assault’s “Triple Crown” conquests, the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont, have been executed in runaway style. But in the Preakness, he won by a neck only in a hard finish from Lord Boswell.

It was this that led to the strong support of the latter for the Belmont, as much as anything.

Needles Makes Epic Run To Humble The Kentucky Derby
Raleigh Burroughs
May 11, 1956
The win must have been particularly sweet to Trainer Hugh Fontaine. No conditioner has had more unsolicited advice on how to train a horse, and no man has more politely rejected it.

It is barely possible, boys, that the man knows what he’s doing.

Remember, he’s won the Flamingo and the Florida Derby with this colt, in 1956, and the Sapling and Hopeful with him last year. Bear in mind, also, that the son of Ponder


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