On This Day...
Updated: Sunday, February 15, 2004 12:13 AM
Posted: Sunday, February 15, 2004 12:13 AM
Feb. 15, 1958Tim Tam at Hialeah
Calumet's Farm homebred Tim Tam, who started once as a 2-year-old and finished unplaced, came into his own at Hialeah the winter of 1958. He was there the first day of the meeting and stuck around for Day No. 38 when the track hosted the important Flamingo Stakes.
Trained by Jimmy Jones, Tim Tam won a pair of allowance races in his first two starts there and captured his first added-money race, the Everglades Stakes, three races later. Coming as it did at 1 1/8 miles, the victory moved him right up in Kentucky Derby standings.
"The Everglades Stakes, February 15, proved strictly a tour de force
for Calumet Farm in general and Tim Tam in particular," wrote The Blood-Horse
's Art Grace. "The 3-year-old dark bay colt by Tom Fool--Two Lea, by Bull Lea, won under the tightest of holds by Bill Hartack with stablemate Kentucky Pride 1 1/4 lengths farther back and rest of the nine-horse field far out of it."
In the Flamingo, Tim Tam finished second to the previous year's co-champion 2-year-old male, Jewel's Reward, but was moved up to first because of a disqualification. Five starts later, Tim Tam became the farm's seventh homebred Kentucky Derby winner. He then won the Preakness Stakes, but suffered an injury in a runner-up effort in the Belmont Stakes and was retired.
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