02/13/2009 12:00AM

History Challenge Answers



1. It has been more than 150 years since Prioress was foaled in Tennessee, but her name lives on today in a Grade 1 stakes that will be run for the 62nd time on July 4 at Belmont Park.

One of the mysteries in racing history is why Prioress's breeder, Gen. Thomas Jefferson Wells, sold the filly (then named Poison) to a rival from Kentucky whom he hated, Richard Ten Broeck. The new owner renamed the filly and shipped her to England, where she competed until age 7 in many of the great races of the time.

The highlight of her career overseas came in 1857 in the rich 2 1/4-mile Cesarewitch Handicap. Prioress was sent off at 100-1 in a field of 35 of the best horses in training. She finished among the three horses in one of the most famous triple dead heats for win of the century. As was then custom, dead heats were run off between those involved. Prioress won.

In her career, Prioress ran 24 times, winning 10 and earning $22,637.

2. Frizette was foaled in Kentucky at the Castleton Stud of James R. Keene in 1905 - the same season that the immortal Colin was born at that farm.

Frizette was a bay filly by Hall of Famer and leading sire Hamburg. As a juvenile, she captured 4 of 9 starts, including three small stakes. She was claimed out of her last start of the year for $2,000. Frizette ran 27 times at age 3, mostly in claiming races. She won eight times, was claimed again, and shipped by her new owner to France.

Frizette became the foundation broodmare of a family that includes Mr. Prospector - perhaps the sire of the past century - Seattle Slew, Dahlia, and Vagrancy (another great mare whose name lives on in a New York stakes).

The Grade 1 Frizette Stakes will be run for the 62nd time on Oct. 10 at Belmont Park.

3. Beaugay was an "enchanting filly who captivated the crowds," Daily Racing Form's John Hervey wrote. "She came back from her triumphs to the ovation of race-goers, rather than the cheers of horseplayers," he added.

Owned by the Maine Chance Farm of cosmetic magnate Elizabeth Arden, the leading owner of 1945, Beaugay won stakes impressively in New York, Illinois, and Delaware en route to the championship. Hervey said Beaugay "was the best 2-year-old filly seen since Top Flight," undefeated juvenile filly champion of 1931 (and another for whom a New York stakes is named).

Beaugay raced for three more seasons, always in sprints, but with only moderate success. She won one stakes at age 3 and one at 4.

The Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes will be run for the 32nd time on May 2 at Belmont Park.

4. Flower Bowl was bred and owned by Isabel Dodge Sloane's Brookmeade Stable in Virginia. A daughter of Alibhai, Flower Bowl loved to lie back early in her races and was always at a disadvantage because of the lack of long-distance contests for females.

In the rich Delaware Handicap in 1956, she came from 15 lengths back to win going away. The $104,875 she collected was a single-race record for a filly or mare. Later that season, she captured the historic Ladies Handicap. Flower Bowl became the dam of champion Bowl of Flowers.

The Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational will be run for the 32nd time Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

5. When Tempted won the Ladies Handicap in 1959, she carried 128 pounds, the highest weight ever carried to victory in the nation's oldest handicap for older females, first run in 1868.

At age 2, Tempted won a small stakes at Narragansett in Rhode Island, but she did not win a major stakes until her 15th start, when she took down the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga in 1958. After her championship season in 1959, she raced competitively in 1960, winning the Diana and Maskette handicaps.

The Grade 3 Tempted Stakes will be run for the 34th time on Nov. 7 at Aqueduct.