Welcome home, Carry Back

1961 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Carry Back’s homecoming celebration at Ocala Stud Farm, 11/20/1961. Photo:State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/79618
1961 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Carry Back’s homecoming celebration at Ocala Stud Farm, 11/20/1961.
Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/79618

“Carry Back will have the biggest homecoming ever given a horse on Monday at Ocala Stud Farm in the heart of Florida. It will be “Carry Back Day,” honoring the return of the (equine) prodigal son to his birthplace, so writes friend Everett Clay … Among the thousands to pay tribute to Florida’s second champion (Needles was the other) will be Florida’s Gov. Farris Bryant. Schools will be dismissed early so the children can enjoy the activities … Still more honors await Carry Back and owners Jack and Katherine Price. Between halves of Friday night’s Miami-Northwestern game in the Orange Bowl at Miami, the colt will be presented with a University of Miami varsity blanket lettered to read “Winner of the Flamingo, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness” … An “etc.” should have been added because the colt also won a half dozen other major events – for instance, the Garden State, world’s richest … in all, Carry Back has 14 victories in 37 starts and $851,648 in earnings to be sixth on the world’s all-time list. He’s Florida’s biggest-ever money winner, too … Needles, Florida’s first national champion, rolled up earnings of $600,355.”
(Walter Haight / The Washington Post and Times-Herald, 11/19/1961)

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