Gallant Fox

Gallant Fox

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April 26, 1930
Gallant Fox

The year's Preakness was run before the Kentucky Derby. That hardly mattered to Gallant Fox, who won the mile and 70 yard Wood Memorial Stakes April 26 at Jamaica to start the year. Gallant Fox, from the first U.S. crop of French import Sir Gallahad III, won by four lengths in what was his first ride under Earl Sande.

"The airy manner in which Gallant Fox won at once aroused great acclaim for him," wrote The Blood-Horse. "Tom Shaw immediately reduced his odds in the winter book from 8-1 to 4-1 and raised his quotation on Desert Light to 10-1.

"The time of the race was 1:43 3/5, which is 2 2/5 seconds slower than the track record, but it is remarked that the track this year is much slower than it has been in recent seasons."

Gallant Fox won the Preakness, run on a Friday, as the even-money favorite, then completed the Triple Crown with victories in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. The second Triple Crown winner, he is nearly as famous for getting upended by 100-1 Jim Dandy in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga that summer.