Now that Campbell has announced his retirement from syndicates at age 84 after revolutionizing the sport, how appropriate would it be for him to finally get that elusive Derby winner 42 years later? read blog
- By Steve Haskin
After 40 years, his amazing story needs to be told again. Read Blog
Thirty-nine years ago Kentucky-bred but South American-based mystery horse Canonero II did very well beneath the Twin Spires. Will Peruvian classic winner Murjan follow in his hoof prints?
The mere mention of 1971 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero Canonero II to most horsemen from Latin America immediately invokes pride. Trainer Dante Zanelli Jr. is no different, and he has a healthy respect for the achievements of the Venezuelan star who swept the first two legs of the American Triple Crown. He's just not ready to compare his charge, Jetset Racing's Tomcito, to the legend.
Dark Star's victory in the 1953 Kentucky Derby is the greatest upset of all in the classic, according to readers of bloodhorse.com.
March 14, 1971
Canonero II in Venezuela
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