Hill Prince’s outstanding workout, Oct. 1951

Hill Prince (HOTC)

Photo of Hill Prince as published in Hoofprints of the Century: Excerpts from America’s oldest journal of horse racing and breeding, the Thoroughbred Record, and its predecessor publications, the Livestock Record and Kentucky Live Stock Record, as compiled and annotated by William Robertson (covering 1875-1919 and 1966-1974) and Dan Farley (1920-1965).


Hill Prince, declared out of the Manhattan Handicap because he would have had to carry 133 pounds, had a two-mile practice run in the morning that was so sparkling that it led Arcaro to remark, “I never worked a horse that worked like that.” Last year Hill Prince won the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup in 3:23 ⅖. In yesterday’s trial the 4-year-old colt went the distance in 3:23 ⅗.

“And I’ve got news for you,” said Arcaro, “I was riding him like a park policeman.”

Maybe the winner of the 1950 horse-of-the-year title is going to be the title-winner again.” (James Roach / The New York Times, 10/07/1951)


Despite Hill Prince’s impressive workout the week prior, the Princequillo (IRE) colt would meet his match in the weight-for-age Jockey Club Gold Cup (2 mi.) on October 13. After leading throughout, Counterpoint would finish a head behind 3-year-old Count Fleet colt Counterpoint, with both horses hitting the wire ten lengths ahead of the 3-year-old Count Fleet filly Kiss Me Kate (who’s granddam Judy O’Grady finished second in the race in 1935). Final time: 3:21 ⅗.

The race was ultimately a parade of champions, as Counterpoint would end the season named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt for 1951, while Hill Prince was named Champion Handicap Horse, and Kiss Me Kate was named Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.

Chart - 1951 JCGC (NYT 1951.10.14)

The New York Times, 10/14/1951

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