Looking Back

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Cindy Deubler recounted the historic win and controversy of the 1962 Preakness, where Virginia-bred Greek Money survived a stretch slugfest with division leader, Ridan, to win by a nose. Ridan’s jockey Manuel Ycaza lodged an objection as winning owner/breeder Donald Ross (of Delaware), trainer Virgil W. “Buddy” Raines and jockey John Rotz awaited the photo finish announcement. After extensive review, the stewards allowed the results to stand and ultimately suspended Ycaza for elbowing Rotz in the final yards. A now-famous photo by the Baltimore Sun’s Joseph A. DiPaola showed the proof.

  • The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, owner of Monmouth Park since 1985, handed ownership to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. Two years prior, Monmouth halved its racing calendar, gave away record purses, created a buzz, and led bettors to pile in on the best races the track had seen in years. Despite this, Monmouth still lost $6.1 million and the state no longer wanted to be involved as the track’s owner or manager.

  • The Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old sales topper was a Big Brown colt bred in Pennsylvania by Lansdon Robbins and Tom Hansen. Demi O’Byrne bid $1.3 million to make the purchase.

    Given the name Darwin, he was sent to England and became a group winner, was Group 1-placed and earned $243,772.

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