Xmas Present, the weeks old yearling

“Don’t miss the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association sale at Hollywood Park on Feb. 19 and 20.

You’ll see a 6-weeks-old yearling there, believe it or not. The mare Bar Goes [sic] will have at her side a suckling colt foaled last Christmas Day. Jockey Club rules being what they are he became a year old on the universal birthday of all horses last Jan. 1.

Under these same rules he becomes eligible to race as a 2-year-old next Jan. 1, one week after he is a year old.” (Paul Lowry / Los Angeles Times, 02/09/1950)

The weeks old Ruditaurus yearling, later named Xmas Present, would eventually make it to the races, making three unplaced starts in 1953 as a technical 4-year-old.

Xmas Present was dam Bar-Goes’ second foal of the year, having also foaled his full brother Bankdraft on January 2. Bar-Goes would have three more foals* following Xmas Present, and if the same issue happened again, it wasn’t reported.

*Barbitol (1951 f. by Pernie), Vox (1952 g. by Vaucresson (FR)), Kid Dale (1953 c. by Ruditaurus)


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