Windgusher – 1968 dkb/br. c, Gushing Wind-Frances Allen by Curandero
“He wasn’t a very big horse physically, but he had the heart of a giant.” – Larry Robideaux, Jr. (Chicago Tribune, 03/09/1978)
Record: (103) 25-25-11 / $170,002
At 2 (1970): 2nd Sugar Bowl H. (Fair Grounds)
At 3 (1971): 1st His Majesty’s Council H. (Ak-Sar-Ben); 2nd Curtains Up Stakes (Detroit), Ribot Allowance Purse (Arlington Park)
At 4 (1972): 1st Doc Greene Stakes (Hazel Park), Hawthorne Speed H. (Hawthorne-established NTR); 2nd Pelleteri H. (Fair Grounds); 3rd Flintstone Stakes (Thistledown)
At 5 (1973): 2nd Black Gold H. (Fair Grounds)
At 6 (1974): 1st Racetracker Purse (Sportsman’s Park), Christmas H. (Fair Grounds)
- 1972: New track record for 5.5f at Hawthorne (1:03.6).
- Raced from the ages of 2 to 10.
- Occasionally referred to in print as “Wind Gusher.”
At the age of ten, Windgusher was pulled up in a claiming race at Sportsman’s Park in March 1978 and subsequently retired. His trainer Bernard “Butch” Nelson explained the situation, “Both of his ankles are ‘locked’ by calcium deposits,” he said. “He broke some of the calcium loose, mainly in the right ankle. Windgusher will need a long rest if he ever makes it back to the races. Personally, I hope he’ll wind up his life as a pleasure horse.” (Chicago Tribune, 03/09/1978).