Jay Hovdey: Golden anniversary of Kelso’s golden run

Kelso wins the 1963 Jockey Club Gold Cup, his third straight victory in the race.

It’s always the 50th anniversary of something, and 2013 has offered especially ripe pickings. There’s just been the marking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” speech of Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In a couple of months, the heartache will commence over the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

History answers: Sprinters in the Hall of Fame

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Roseben, also known as “The Big Train,” carried 130 pounds or more in 59 of his 111 starts, carrying as much as 147 pounds in four races.

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1. Roseben was nicknamed “The Big Train,” not only because of his enormous size (just one inch shy of 18 hands), but because of his remarkable ability to consistently shoulder the highest weights ever assigned to a racehorse.

In his 111-start career, Roseben won shouldering 147 pounds on four occasions. In the two times he was asked to carry 150 pounds, he finished second.

History challenge: Sprinters in the Hall of Fame

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This sprinter won 76 of her 151 starts between 1912 and 1917, the most ever by a female racehorse. Can you name her?

When this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony concludes Friday, Aug. 9, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the number of horses enshrined since the Hall’s inception in 1955 will be just shy of 200.

One of this year's inductees is Housebuster, who shares a distinction only a handful of inductees can claim – their success on the track came primarily in sprints.

Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s top sprinter in 1990 and 1991, Housebuster did win four stakes at a flat mile, but each of those was around only one turn.

Saratoga's 10 most memorable races

Bob Coglianese
Jaipur (left) edges Ridan in a thrilling racelong duel in the 1962 Travers.

A panel of Daily Racing Form staff members voted on the 10 most memorable races in Saratoga history.

1. 1962 Travers: Jaipur outduels Ridan

Of the thousands of races run at Saratoga, the 1962 Travers was a clear winner as the top race in track history. Neither horse involved was a history maker, but from the instant they launched from the starting gate at 4:48 p.m. Eastern, history was being made.

Saratoga Hoofprints Walk of Fame to honor top horses in track history

Robin Litfin
The Saratoga Hoofprints Walk of Fame will honor 30 horses in its inaugural class, including Man o' War.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – As soon as Mother Nature permits, construction is to begin on a new attraction designed to honor the top Thoroughbreds to race at Saratoga during the past 150 years, it was announced at a Tuesday press conference at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Saratoga 150 Committee and the New York Racing Association.

History challenge answers: Pre-Breeders' Cup era had different landscape

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Pataky Kid wins the Arlington-Washington Futurity on Sept. 8, a race that at one time was the richest race in history.

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1. In August 1961, Arlington Park and Washington Park near Chicago voted to merge into a single corporation, under the leadership of Marjorie L. Everett, majority shareholder of both tracks. It was also announced that the Arlington Futurity and Washington Futurity would be combined. In 1961, the Arlington Futurity grossed $211,750 and the Washington Futurity grossed $213,750.

History challenge: Pre-Breeders' Cup era had different landscape

Secretariat pulls away from the pack in this 1973 stakes that was originally intended to be a match race between him and Riva Ridge. Can you name the race?

Forty years ago this weekend, on Nov. 18, 1972, the remarkable Secretariat completed his juvenile season winning the richest Thoroughbred race that year, the $298,665 Garden State Stakes. Five years later, the race’s home, Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, burned down. The track was rebuilt and reopened with great fanfare in 1985, but it, too, did not survive. Racing ceased in 2001, and the stands were torn down in 2003.

The Garden State Stakes reappeared briefly at Monmouth Park but has all but disappeared.

Carl Hanford dies; trained Kelso

Carl Hanford, the Hall of Fame trainer who conditioned five-time Horse of the Year Kelso, died on Sunday night at his home near Delaware Park, according to Delaware officials. Hanford was 95.

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