02/23/2012 2:28PM

History Challenge answer: Gulfstream's Fountain of Youth full of legends


See the questions HERE.

1. Just after midnight March 11, 1954, Life magazine picture editor Gerald Astor and a photographer were at Calumet Farm’s foaling barn to begin reporting on a racehorse from the moment of birth to the racetrack.

With 9,064 registered foals that year, what were the odds that the one they chose, later named Iron Liege, would three years hence win the Kentucky Derby?

Barbizon, foaled at Calumet that same year, was voted national champion juvenile male of 1956.

In the Fountain of Youth Stakes in 1957, the Calumet entry of Barbizon, Gen. Duke, and Iron Liege was 1-5 at post time. Gen. Duke won, with Iron Liege second and Barbizon fifth.

Ten days later, Gen. Duke won the Florida Derby, equaling the world record of 1:46.80 for 1 1/8 miles.

Gen. Duke and Iron Liege were a coupled entry in the 83rd Kentucky Derby and were second choice at 5-2 on the morning line behind Bold Ruler, who was 8-5. When Gen. Duke was scratched on race day because of lameness, Iron Liege drifted up to 8-1 at post time and won by a nose.

The 1957 Derby field featured three future Hall of Fame inductees: Bold Ruler, Gallant Man, and Round Table.

2. Since its inception, the Fountain of Youth has produced 13 starters who went on to win the Kentucky Derby. Only four of those horses won the Fountain of Youth, but all four won two legs of the Triple Crown.

The first was Tim Tam, Calumet’s record-breaking seventh winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1958. Tim Tam also won the Florida Derby and Preakness Stakes.

In 1966, Kauai King captured the Fountain of Youth and won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Spectacular Bid, almost certainly the greatest Thoroughbred ever to compete over the Gulfstream oval, won the Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness in 1979, a year he won nine stakes.

The most recent Fountain of Youth-Kentucky Derby winner was Thunder Gulch in 1995. He also won the Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.

3. Forward Pass, disqualified from second to fourth in the 1968 Fountain of Youth, finished second in the Kentucky Derby to Dancer’s Image.

Three days after the Derby, the winner was disqualified for a positive drug test.

Peter Fuller, owner of Dancer’s Image, fought the decision for five years in the courts before finally losing in the Kentucky Supreme Court in April 1973.

Even though the rules in effect in Kentucky in 1968 stated that a drug positive would result only in a denial of the purse money, the decision was made to give the trophy to Calumet Farm, owner of Forward Pass, and declare that colt the official winner. He remains the only horse in 137 runnings to win the Derby on a disqualification.

4. Holy Bull ran 13 winning races and three in which he was off the board.

In the Fountain of Youth Stakes in 1994, Holy Bull finished last to 1993 juvenile champ Dehere. Second in the race was Go for Gin.

Holy Bull’s next two races were dominating victories in the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes, and he entered the Kentucky Derby starting gate as the 2-1 favorite. He never fired on the sloppy going, finishing 12th behind Go for Gin.

Holy Bull skipped the remaining Triple Crown races but rattled off six straight wins before breaking down early in the 1995 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The winner of the Donn was Cigar, who went on to be voted Horse of the Year that season and the next.

5. Proud Truth, Unbridled, and Cat Thief each competed in the Fountain of Youth and went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic that same season.

Proud Truth won the 1985 Fountain of Youth and finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby to Spend a Buck.

Unbridled finished third in the Fountain of Youth in 1990 and won the Kentucky Derby.

Cat Thief ran second, beaten a neck, in the 1999 Fountain of Youth and finished third in the Kentucky Derby, won by his stablemate Charismatic.