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On This Day...

April 28, 1966

First it was Buckpasser. Now it was Graustark. The Kentucky Derby was wide open.

"That marvelous, sweeping motion that was Graustark's has been stilled," wrote The Blood-Horse's Kent Hollingsworth after Graustark joined fellow sensation Buckpasser on the injured list prior to the Kentucky Derby.

"As with heavy Kentucky Derby favorites before him--Equipoise, Stagehand, Gen. Duke, and Sir Gaylord--injury has taken Graustark out of the running.

"Two weeks ago Graustark was unbeaten and unchallenged, promising a greatness equal to that of his sire, Ribot. He had the requisites--the size, the pedigree, the way of going, the sensible disposition of a great race horse."

Graustark's undoing came in the April 28 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. The 1-5 favorite over two challengers, Graustark got beat a nose by Abe's Hope and came out of the race with a fractured outside wing of the left cannon bone. He was retired to stud shortly after.

Kauai King won the Derby and the Preakness, but finished fourth to winner Amberoid in the Belmont Stakes.