01/11/2013 3:27PM

Column Companion: HOTY and Grade 1's


Here, in conjunction with the Sunday column, is the list of Grade 1 victories by the 39 winners of the Horse of the Year award in their championship year since the graded-stakes system was instituted in 1973.

As noted in the column, this list (drawn from the past performances in the DRF Press book Champions), may seem somewhat misleading because some stakes races now listed as Grade 1's did not have that status at the time, (e.g. Secretariat's 1973 Canadian International, a Grade 2, or the respective victories by John Henry and Cigar in the inaugural runnings of the Arlington Million and Dubai World Cup.) It is an imperfect comparison of Horse of the Year campaigns but perhaps interesting and instructive.