12/22/2011 10:29PM

Blast from the past ... 10 from 1991

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I was so pleasantly surprised to see so many interesting comments from people who remembered horses and races from the recent "10 from 1979" blog.   I sometimes forget how many people share a passion for racing history.

Below are some photos from 1991.  The memories seems fairly recent until doing the math....  Twenty years!  Twenty years ago Farma Way, Silver Survivor and the near-tailless Sea Cadet - as well as the American Championship Racing Series - helped create our memories.

Above and below:  Solar Splendor (ch.g., b. 3/31/87, by Majestic Light - Sultry Sun, by Buckfinder) had 42 starts, 11 wins, 3 seconds, 6 thirds, with earnings of $1,386,468.  Solar Splendor won three Grades 1s during a six-year career, including the 1991 Turf Classic, above, in which he - and Herb McCauley - defeated Dear Doctor.

Above:  Solar Splendor with the Pat Kelly family - their Christmas card portrait for 1991.

Above:  Withallprobability (b.m. b. 3/18/88 - 1/14/04, by Mr. Prospector - Sulemeif, by Northern Dancer).  27 starts, 9 wins, 4 seconds, 5 thirds, $643,438.  This handsome mare won or placed in 15 stakes - including victories in two graded races, the G2 Forward Gal and Bonnie Miss stakes.

Above:  Gary Stevens, looking sharp in pink.

Above:  Tri to Watch (b. 5/21/89 by Tri Jet - I Like to Watch, by Mickey McGuire). 56 starts, 8 wins, 7 seconds, 9 thirds, $506,124.  Tri to Watch raced for five seasons, winning the G1 Champagne in his first year.  The cute Fred Hooper-bred gelding finished his career in September 1995, running seventh in a claiming race.  I sometimes wonder where he ended up.

Above:  The popular - and close-to-tailless - Sea Cadet (4/13/88 - 4/9/95, by Bolger - Hattab Girl, by Al Hattab). 29 Starts: 10 - 6 - 5, earnings of $1,807,150.  Among his eight stakes wins were the G1 Meadowlands Cup, G1 Gulfstream Park H. and G1 Donn.  Sea Cadet, in case you wonder, was born with his stumpy tail:

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/05/04/sports/sports-of-the-times-tail-tale-sea-cadet-may-get-one.html

Above:  Devil On Ice looks thrilled about being in the Champagne Stakes' paddock.  Devil On Ice (b. 3/8/89, by Devil's Bag - Ivy Road, by Dr. Fager) raced for four seasons, with a record of 22 Starts, 10 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds. $255,922.  He ran in ten stakes, placing in three.

Above:  Chief Honcho and Mike Smith before the G1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park.  The Iselin was part of the popular and competitive American Championship Racing Series.  Chief Honcho (ch.h. b. 3/31/87 - 7/7/98, by Chief's Crown - Expressive Dance, by Riva Ridge) won 10 of his 34 starts, with 6 seconds and 3 thirds.  He earned $1,265,719.  His biggest win came in the G1 Brooklyn Handicap.

Above:  The always fiercely competitive Julie Krone.

Above:  Black Tie Affair and Farma Way in a great renewal of the Iselin.  Black Tie Affair (g./r. h., 4/1/86 - 7/1/10, by Miswaki - Hat Tab Girl, by Al Hattab), raced 45 times over four seasons, with 18 wins, 9 seconds, 6 thirds, for earnings of $3,370,694.  He rounded out his career with six consecutive wins, culminating in a Breeders' Cup Classic victory.

Above and below:  Black Tie Affair after the Iselin.

Above:  Farma Way after the Iselin (assistant Kiaran McLaughlin in tie).  Farma Way, by Marfa - Fine Tribute, by Diplomat Way, had a stellar racing career - 23 starts, 8 wins, 5 seconds, 1 third, $2,897,175. He won the G1 Santa Anita Handicap and G1 Pimlico Special.  Born on April 2, 1987, the near-black stallion died at age 12 on November 18, 1999, after a paddock injury.

Above:  Ron McAnally, an excellent trainer and a true gentleman.

Above:  Who doesn't remember with fondness Silver Survivor?  His story - he was forgotten at a sale and left alone for nearly two weeks, existing on bedding and rain water (or, perhaps, water from a passing youngster) - is part of racing legend.  Hence, he became a Silver Survivor.  His record was not for the faint-of-heart either: 77 Starts: 12 - 12 - 10, $909,829.  The son of Silver Buck - One Nice Cat, by Cougar II won or placed in 16 stakes, including two wins each in the graded Paterson H. and Assault H. 

And after surviving all that, Silver Survivor died very soon after entering stud.  I can't remember for sure, but I feel it was from a heart attack.  ?

Online articles about Silver Survivor are quite elusive (at least in my Google searches), but here's one:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=19901129&id=qjwxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JAcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1454,7612967

Above:  'The Chief,' H. Allen Jerkens.

Above:  El Senor (b. 3/31/84 by Valdez - Sunrise Sue, by Grey Dawn II).  44 starts, with 12 wins, 7 seconds, 5 thirds, for earnings of $1,769,215.  The handsome turf specialist won four Grade Is in a career that lasted through age 7.  It appears El Senor ended up in Japan for stud duty.  Online sources mention he was pensioned in 2004.

The blog about 1979 runners:  http://www.drf.com/blogs/blast-past10-1979