Keyword: dr. fager

  • In Search of the True Milers

    So, one must ask: When is a mile not a mile? In a pure horse racing sense it is a mile run around two turns instead of the more traditional flat mile around one turn.

  • Dr. Fager, under 134 pounds and on turf for the first time, guts out a victory in the 1968 United Nations Handicap

    Look Back: Dr. Fager Delivers on Turf in United Nations

    This week is the race recap of the 1968 United Nations Handicap won by Dr. Fager written by Dave Hooper titled "Dr. Fager Proving His Class; Rivals among those convinced after great duel with Advocator."

  • Quiet American

    Quiet End to an Era

    Passing almost unnoticed in early October was the death of Quiet American, one of the most intriguingly successful, yet somewhat overlooked, members of a tribe whose physical attributes have revolutionized racing and breeding in North America. 

  • September 30, 1967

    The date September 30 is so ingrained in my mind I sometimes have to pause for a second so I don’t confuse it with the date of my wedding anniversary

  • American Dirt Records a Thing of the Past

    Could it be the truly great horses of the past simply were faster and were bred to carry their speed longer distances, or could it be that today’s horses are not given the opportunity to set new American dirt records?

  • Scrapbooks From the Past

    Even after all these years, I still treasure those early scrapbooks that helped to preserve my memories of a time when you could actually feel those stories in your hand and protect them from time and the elements.

  • Liam Puts Nerud on the Map Again

    How do you choose the crowning legacy of a person's career, especially when that person is John Nerud, who had so many careers and has left so many legacies it's difficult to single one out?

  • The Legacy of John Nerud

    Although his body steadily deteriorated over the past couple of years, his mind refused to follow and he still was looking for ways to improve the sport, NYRA, and the Breeders' Cup right up until his final breath.

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    Another Chapter for John Nerud

    Even though Final Chapter isn't a 'typical' Nerud, he may yet prove a fitting epilogue to the story of one of the great figures of the American turf.

  • Ta Wee in the 1969 Vosburgh Handicap.

    Haskin's Top Sprinters of the Last 50 Years

    View images from Steve Haskin's feature about Thoroughbred Racing's all-time top sprinters, appearing in the Aug. 23, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. This feature will also reveal poll results from our community.

  • Dr. Fager

    Poll: Who is the Top Sprinter?

    Please choose who you think is the top sprinter from the poll list below. The results will be a part of a feature in the August 23, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Dr. Charles Fager, Horse's Namesake, Dies

    Dr. Charles Fager, the world-renowned neurosurgeon who saved the life of John Nerud and for whom the immortal Dr. Fager was named, died peacefully at his Boston suburb home April 8. He was 90.

  • Haskin: 'Horseplayers' and Pioneer Days

    'Horseplayers,' mainly Team Rotondo (Peter Rotondo Sr. and Jr. and Lew Davis), brings me back to a time long ago in my life; a time of smoke-filled busses and a cacophony of thick Brooklyn accents moaning.

  • Dual Grade I Winner Sewickley Dies

    Sewickley, a dual grade I winner and sire, died July 10 in Marylandat the age of 28. According to his owner, the cause of death was complications due to colic.

  • Najran To Red River Farms in La.

    Najran, 12, a record-setter for one mile at Belmont Park, moves from Kentucky to Louisiana for the 2011 breeding season

  • Purim Retired to Richland

    Purim, who scored his big win in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT) in October at Keeneland, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Nathan Fox's Richland Hills near Midway, Ky.

  • Rolling Sea

    Porter on Pedigrees: Rolling Sea

    One of the great charms of Thoroughbred racing is that it has always been possible for a good horse to emerge from almost anywhere. The diminishing gap between the best and rest, however, will probably make this an increasingly likely occurence. One example is Rolling Sea, who won the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. She is by a sire who stands for $2,500 and is out of mare who finished fourth in a $6,500 claimer in her final race.

  • Saratoga Morning

    Steve Haskin's Saratoga Memories: The Doc and the Storm

    Next year will be my (gulp!) 40th anniversary at Saratoga, so what better time (other than next year) to go down memory lane and rekindle some of the unforgettable moments that have made the Spa such a magical place. This is the first in a series of weekly columns recounting some of those moments.

  • Nerud to Receive Eclipse for Lifetime Achievement in Racing

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 11 that John Nerud, one of America's most successful and influential Thoroughbred horsemen, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

  • Pilgrimage With The Past

    <i>By Sue Sefscik</i> - The Central Florida day dawned clear, bright, and slightly windy with low humidity. It was the perfect day to take a 90-minute drive from my home on Florida's east coast to Ocala, located nearly halfway across the state.

  • Damascus Is Most Underrated Horse of All-Time

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- In 2000, I wrote a book on Dr. Fager for the Thoroughbred Legends series. My admiration for the good doctor knows no boundaries, as he was the swiftest, most dominating, and in general, most unique Thoroughbred I have ever laid eyes on. But not one second went by while writing the book that I didn't feel like a traitor. It was his archrival Damascus, you see, who got me interested in Thoroughbred racing.

  • Carry That Weight

    <i>By Gary West </i> -- Recent weighty events at Santa Anita suggest that handicaps have become anachronistic. The events also recall a story that's ancient according to some calendars but nevertheless illuminating.

  • Salzman Production in Cowdin Sunday

    On Sunday, John Salzman, trainer of Xtra Heat, will be represented in Grade 3, $100,000-added Cowdin, this time by a colt named Run Production.

  • Try to Imagine

    <i> By Steve Haskin </i> -- The Gotham Stakes rekindles memories of the Dr. Fager-Damascus showdown 35 years ago.

  • Pharmstar, O'Rocky, and Carey's Gold Win at Calder

    Pharmstar, making the second start of her career, beat Blissful Kiss by 4 3/4 lengths Saturday in the fillies' Desert Vixen division of the $75,000 Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds at Calder. O'Rocky and Carey's Gold won their respective races in the split open division, named the Dr. Fager Stallion Stakes.