RACEHORSE

This webpage is dedicated to interesting aspects of racehorses and horseracing. We are happy to receive interesting information on this topic at Bloodlines Racing’s email address: jrmcglinn@bloodlinesracing.com.

Perhaps the most famous breeder and trainer is Federico Tesio who plied his trade from his farm, Dormello Stud, in northern Italy in the first half of the twentieth century. He won the Italian Derby 20 times between 1911 and 1951. He won his country’s Derby an average of every other year for forty years! In his lifetime, Tesio won that race 22 times. It is fitting that we begin this page on the Racehorse with a quote from Mr. Tesio. "The racehorse is the most perfect of all athletes and the one requiring the most highly tempered physique. Bone, muscle, skin, heart, determination – all must be of the highest quality." -Federico Tesio The first animal known to be selectively bred was the horse over 4,000 yrs ago. Genetics Professor, David Sadava, Ph. D., takes his students to the racetrack to show them what 4,000 years of selective/genetic breeding looks like. Camarero – He was a racehorse who was born and raced in Puerto Rico from 1953 through 1956. He won 56 races in a row, ending with a record from 76 starts of 73-2-0. In 2006, El Nuevo Comandante Racetrack was renamed Hippodromo Camarero. Kincsem – born in 1874 in Hungary, she is possibly the greatest female racehorse of all time. She race 54 times in four years, winning all 54 races. These races included some of the most important races of her time: St. Leger, Goodwood Cup, Austrian Derby, Hungarian Oaks. She went on to become a successful broodmare. Female racehorses have recently risen to the top of the racing world. In the past three years no fewer than 10 females have won Horse of the Year honors in their respective locations. Rachel Alexandra won in the U.S. in 2009, followed by Zenyatta in 2010. In Japan the mare Vodka won Horse of the Year in 2008 and 2009 with that being followed by the 4 year old filly, Buena Vista, in 2010. Other female racehorses to win Horse of the Year were European HOY, Zarkava, who won in 2008 followed in 2010 by Goldikova. Australia’s filly, Typhoon Tracy, won HOY honors in 2010. She will be bred in 2011 to Street Cry. Chile’s winning female HOY was Belle Watling, Peru’s female HOY was Lady Shatzi, and New Zealand’s female HOY was Seachange. Three of the last nine U.S. Horses of the Year were female – Azeri, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Here is a list of the U.S. Horse of the Year from 2000 through 2010: Tiznow, Point Given, Azeri, Mineshaft, Ghostzapper, Saint Liam, Invasor, Curlin (2007 & 2008), Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. On the losing end of horse racing, the racehorse with the most loses without winning is Dona Chepa. She raced in Puerta Rico from 2001 through 2009, losing all of her 134 races. The closest she came to winning was in May, 2003, when she finished second. Zippy Chippy – He raced in the U.S., retiring in 2004 with a record from 100 starts of: 0-8-12. Zero for one hundred. His last race was at the Northampton, MA Fair where he was the second betting choice at 7/2. He finished last. Zippy Chippy was banned from Finger Lakes Racetrack in 1998 after failing to leave the starting gate with the rest of the field for the third consecutive time. This was a sign that his connections failed to heed. If you have any interesting information or stories regarding racehorses or horseracing, please email: jrmcglinn@bloodlinesracing.com.