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Hoist the Flag by 15 at Bowie
March 20, 1971
Hoist the Flag Breezes Home

Hoist the Flag, the champion juvenile male of 1970, started his 3-year-old campaign with wins by 15 lengths and seven lengths.

"With each of his long strides down the stretch, Hoist the Flag fostered the feeling that something extraordinary has come along, that he could be one of the ones," William Rudy wrote in The Blood-Horse after the March 20 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct.
"At the finish, he was seven lengths in front, hardly taking a deep breath after the fastest seven furlongs ever run by a 3-year-old in New York. His time of 1:21, while four-fifths of a second slower than the track record set by 4-year-old Dr. Fager, was the second-fastest clocking at the distance at Aqueduct and lowered the stakes record by 1 4/5 seconds. He could have run faster."

In his exuberance after the Bay Shore, jockey Jean Cruguet said, "I don't think he'll ever get beat unless he falls down."

Tragically, that almost happened. During a workout March 31, Hoist the Flag suffered a leg injury and had to be retired. Canonero II won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and Pass Catcher the Belmont Stakes.

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