August 1947: Quarter horse Barbra B defeats Fair Truckle (GB) in a 2 furlong match race at Hollywood Park

Quarter Horse Barbra B defeats Thoroughbred Fair Truckle (GB) in two furlong match race at Hollywood Park on August 4, 1947. Two months later, Fair Truckle would go on to set a new world record for six furlongs (1:08 2/5) at Golden Gate Fields in October 1947. In the stud, Fair Truckle would become the damsire of Soldier Girl, who equaled the world record for five furlongs (:56 2/5) at Del Mar in August 1964. Photo available from historicimages.com, part number neb63238.


“INGLEWOOD, Calif., Aug. 4 (AP) – Barbara B [sic], champion quarter horse of the Arizona-New Mexico bush tracks, stepped out of her class today and handed a proud thoroughbred, Fair Truckle, a fancy whipping in a quarter-mile dash for a winner-take-all purse authoritatively reported to be $100,000.

The little brown four-year-old filly, bred as a cow boy pony, simply was too fast for the expensive importation from Ireland, owned by the wealthy turfman Charles S. Howard. A wild cheer went up from an estimated 5,000 spectators, as Barbara B [sic] sprinted over the finish line two and one-half lengths in front in 21 3-5 seconds.

It was a colorful crowd, from the southwestern cow country, which walked through the open gate to watch the seldom-if-ever saga of the tracks. Clad mostly in wide-brimmed hats, boots and overall trousers, they occupied the boxes where last Saturday a fashionably dressed movie crowd helped close out the Hollywood Park season.

Aboard Fair Truckle, four-year-old son of Fair Trial by Truckle, was the veteran Johnny Longden. Up on Barbara B [sic], a not so costly importation from the Arizona ranch country, sired by a cheap thoroughbred and whose dam was a $30 mare, was Tony L. Licata, who has been riding Arizona tracks.

Barbara B’s [sic] owner, Roy Gill, of Tucson, was a spectator, but an attack of influenza kept Fair Truckle’s boss, C. S. Howard, in bed. His son, Bob, did the honors for the family.

Melville Haskell, president of the Quarter-Horse Racing Association of Arizona, apparently settled on the $100,000 nature of the purse. “I know it’s $100,000,” he declared, “but I guess the owners didn’t want too much said about that and we of the Quarter-Horse Association don’t either, because we look on this as more of a sporting proposition.”

The elder Howard earlier had spiked reports that his share was $50,000, describing it as “much less.” Each owner had posted a $10,000 forfeit.

Sporting proposition or no, there was plenty of cash in sight. Many of the visitors, from Arizona, New Mexico, and as far distant as Texas, were literally bulging with coin and greenbacks. Thousands of dollars in side bets changed hands. There was no pari-mutuel betting.

Hollywood Park officially took no part in the event, beyond leaving the gate open. The event had been advertised as closed to the public and otherwise the crowd might have been larger.

The race was set from a regulation starting gate set back forty-five feet from the quarter pole, a condition agreed upon because Barbara B [sic] wasn’t used to fancy gates. Before today, her trainer Lyo Lee, had claimed a time of 22 3-5 seconds for her over the quarter, but told reporters he feared the change in altitude from the New Mexico tracks where she had been running might tell on her.

She has been racing only a year, Gill picking her up for $3,000 after her original owners had decided she might be worth more racing than for calf roping. Each horse carried 110 pounds.

Contrary to appearances from the grandstand, Fair Truckle was out of the gate first, but Barbara B [sic] within a few strides grabbed the lead and Licata said he knew the race was in the bag from then on.

Longden was more specific.” (New York Herald Tribune, 08/05/1947)


“A recent composition in this corner dealt with the famous match race of a few years back when the quarter horse Barbra B outlegged the thoroughbred Fair Truckle two days after a regular Hollywood Park meeting.

It was a noteworthy event, for the late Charles S. (for Seabiscuit) Howard put up $50,000 in the belief that his Fair Truckle could fly a quarter of a mile faster than Barbra B, owned by Roy Gill of Arizona.

The cover that concealed the monetary problems attendant to a match race of such fiscal magnitude was pried off for us by Ralph W. Bilby, a well-known Tucson who is attorney and corporation director for the Gill brothers – Roy, Emmett and Adolph, successful and prosperous cattle ranchers.

Fair Truckle had been regarded as the forerunner of jet propulsion. Hailed as the fastest thing on four feet for a quarter of a mile, the Howard charger’s fame spread until it reached the ears of Roy Gill. A few discreet inquiries revealed that Howard was prepared to back his speedster with 50 grand against anything the quarter horse people could come up with short of a motorcycle. Gill promptly cranked up Barbra B.

Scores of Arizona cowpokes and ranch owners immediately beseeched Gill for a piece of his action. He retained $30,000 for his own interests, and let the rest of it out in bets ranging all the way from $50 to $500.

The day before the race Gill telephoned Bilby, who was vacationing in La Jolla, asking him to help him get the bets squared away.

“So I did,” Bilby explained. “Roy handed me a bundle of currency about a foot high. Did you ever try to count out $50,000 in 5s, 10s, 20s and nothing bigger than a century note? Don’t do it unless you get backed into a corner.

I’ll bet I counted that stuff 40 times trying to make it come out even Finally I was satisfied there was $50,000. I took it out to Hollywood Park with me and went over to an armored car we had hired for the occasion.

Pretty soon Mr. Howard’s emissary showed up. He was a suave, sophisticated, well-dressed gentleman who looked as if he had just stepped out of the U.S. Mint. I handed him my bundle. He counted it carefully and finally said, with great dignity, ‘I make 50.’

Then he extracted a thin envelope from his inside coat pocket. In it were 50 new, crisp $1000 bills. I determined not to let this guy make me look like a big hayshaker from Arizona, so I made a neat pile of them and replied, ‘I, too, make 50.’

As you know, Barbra B won by about two lengths. Outside was the armored car with $100,000 in it. I figured we’d leave it right there. But the moment the race was over, most of the people who had a chunk of Roy’s bet came up and demanded their money.

So out to the truck we went and I counted out what each man had coming to him. In the meantime, the armored wagon had departed and I had about $65,000 left. I put it in an envelope, stuck it in my pocket and we made for the nearest establishment specializing in liquid resuscitation. Well, one revitalizing led to another. Heaven only knows how many different spots we checked size and quality, but I recall we reached our hotel about 3 a.m.

Early the next morning I opened one eye. It was quite a trick, all things considered. Then panic set in and I hit the floor with both feet, grabbed for the light switch and tried to think what I’d done with the 65 grand. You know where it was? In an envelope on top of the dresser about eight feet from a door we’d forgotten to lock. I died a thousand deaths waiting for the bank to open so I could deposit it to Gill’s account in Tucson.

But if my nerves were a little quick then, you should have seen them when I picked up the morning paper. On the front page was a story about a grocer who had been killed that very night for a lousy 500 bucks. What do you suppose they would have done to me for $65,000?”
(Ned Cronin / Los Angeles Times, 05/09/1955)

Chart (and photo) of the week: Superman wins the 1907 Brooklyn Handicap

Chart: New York Daily Tribune, 05/21/1907. Note that Superman won the race “cleverly.”


PHOTO - Superman Brooklyn H. (HW Vol. LI No. 2632 1907.06.01)

Superman (1904. ch. c. by Commando – Anomaly (GB) by Bend Or (GB)) wins the 1907 Brooklyn Handicap at Gravesend.
Photo by N. W. Penfield as published in Harper’s Weekly (Vol. LI, No. 2632), 06/01/1907.


“Started as a forlorn hope, in the face of conditions that seemed overwhelmingly against him, Superman won the Brooklyn Handicap in one of the most remarkable races that a three-year-old ever ran against mature horses. Confronted by a track deep in mud and slush, going to which Superman had shown a strong dislike, James R. Keene, owner of the colt, abandoned all hope of a victory when he arrived at the Gravesend race course yesterday afternoon, and, though Superman had been trained especially for the big event and his stable had considered his chances second to no horse engaged up to the time of the rain Sunday night, Mr. Keene gave orders for Superman to be scratched.

James Rowe, trainer of the Keene stable, alone of the Keene establishment, remained undismayed, however, and to his urgent appeal and argument that in spite of the heavy going, Superman had a good chance, because of his class and perfect racing condition, Mr. Keene yielded, after the report was already in circulation that Superman would not start, and the colt remained in the Brooklyn field, to make turf history by a performance that ranks with the most brilliant victories for the great handicap.

Superman ran a splendidly trained and courageous colt, and, fighting through a long, hard struggle, won the big prize after looking hopelessly beaten six furlongs from the finish. Gallant as was Superman’s effort, Mr. Keene put the victory in a new light to horsemen when he paid tribute to the skill of Jockey Walter Miller, who rode the victor.

Superman ran a superb race under conditions that tried his courage as severely as his speed, and his victory was the sweetest to his owner and breeder of all the four triumphs that have been earned by Keene horses in the Brooklyn Handicap.

The race proved disappointing in everything else than the achievement of Superman, for the condition of the track was such that the field originally announced to start was badly cut up by scratches, and the very conditions that caused the best of the older horses to be scratched induced owners to add two horses which were supposed to be favored by the heavy going. The rain in the night, followed by more rain in the morning at Gravesend, left the course with a surface of liquid mud covering an under stratum of sticky loam, and the trainers of six of the horses named on the programme had only to glance at the track to decide that their horses should remain in the stable. Among the horses scratched were Arcite, though favorite for the Kentucky Derby, passed that race by on account of a muddy track; Dandelion, and Tokalon, the Brooklyn Handicap winner of a year ago. Other horses scratched were Salvidere, Accountant, and Blandy, the six withdrawals reducing the original field of fifteen to nine.

It was known early, however, that because of the mud Trainer Henry McDaniel had decided to add Good Luck to the Brooklyn field, and it was in no sense a surprise when August Belmont’s three-year-old gelding Okenite, always at home in muddy going, was another added starter, bringing the number of runners up to eleven. In spite of the popular interest in the great race, the rule put in force at Belmont Park of holding back the official announcement of the starters until ten minutes before the time set for the race was observed, and all the horses had been through their warming-up gallops and were in the paddock again before the crowd knew what were to be the starters and who the riders were.

The ten minutes rule for betting resulted in a terrific crush in the rings, but even in the limited time permitted for speculation there were some quick changes in the ruling odds, Go Between, Suburban winner of a year ago, which was the opening favorite, being backed down, while on their reported dislike to the mud the three-year-olds Superman and Sewell both went back in the betting. The speculation in the meantime uncovered two “tips” in Buttling and both the Western horse Beacon Light, both of which were heavily backed as good things, Buttling starting second choice to Go Between, while Beacon Light, against which was as long a price as 100 to 1 was laid, went to the post at 30 to 1, though layers were not eager to offer that price.

The warming-up moves were of a perfunctory nature, because of the deep going, but most of the better-backed and more prominent horses cantered through the stretch. Go Between attracting the most attention because of his known ability to race well in mud, and his conspicuous place in the betting.

The parade to the starting post was made with Sewell absent, Sewell, by special permission, having been led to the post in advance of the field. Go Between, the top weight, led the line to the post, the other horses following in the order of the weights, except for the added starters, of which Good Luck was the rear guard. In the chute, at the head of the stretch, the starting point for the mile and a quarter, the horses took their positions with rare docility, and were abreast and facing the barrier, ready for the send-off, so quickly that the start was made with the watching crowd unprepared for it. The Winter campaigner Nealon had the rail, with Okenite next to him, Go Between, Sewell, Buttling, Oxford, Beacon Light, Good Luck, Flip Flap, and Beauclere ranging out in that order from the inside and Superman on the extreme outside.

The barrier was lifted to a perfect start within a few seconds after the horses reached the post, and the field went away as one horse, Superman being the first to break the line and show in front, with Okenite second, Beacon Light third, Nealon fourth, and the others well bunched, with Beauclere last. In the same order they came to the stand the first time at a swift pace in spite of the mud, and a struggle on even at that early stage of the contest, Superman going on to hold the track, while Okenite rushed after him in a desperate effort to wrest the lead from him, Beacon Light in the meantime racing out just behind Okenite, with the same wish for the first place.

Mud showered on the trailers, as the leaders began the first turn opposite the paddock, Superman swinging to the rail there, and Okenite being forced to go around him, while Beacon Light hung just at their heels. Around the turn to the back stretch Superman and Okenite raced as if they already were finishing, and as Okenite, outrunning Superman, showed his head in front as they rounded into the back stretch there arose first a murmur, then a shout, that Superman was beaten. The Keene colt actually was sprawling in the heavy and slippery mud and Okenite drew away from him and went on clear in front as the run through the back stretch was began, and then, as Miller took hold of Superman to steady him, Beacon Light went past and then Nealon showed before the Keene colt.

Still further back on the trailers Superman went in the run down the back stretch, but he never dropped out of his place, though Okenite, Beacon Light, and Nealon went further and further away from him in the run to the far turn, while Go Between, far back in the crowd, and running in the deepest part of the mud on the rail, already looked beaten and out of the contest, along with Buttling and Sewell. Going to the far turn, Nealon made a move for the lead and swiftly closed on Okenite and Beacon Light, the three horses running lapped as they rounded the turn, with Superman still fourth, and for the remainder of the race these were the only contenders.

The three horses in front were struggling on still lapped, when in the middle of the turn Superman began to pick up the pacemakers again, and then, coming to the second run through the stretch, shot up and joined in the contest anew, at the moment that Okenite weakened and began to fall back. As Okenite went back there still were three horses abreast, and Superman was one of the three. Nealon showed in front for just a moment, then gave place to Superman, which, going around on the outside, was in front as the horses straightened out for the final run down the straight.

In that move the Keene horse brought both Nealon and Beacon Light to the last resort, the whip and under the punishment the older horses hung beside him for the next furlong. Then Superman began to draw away. It took his best effort though, and, hard ridden to within a stride or two of the post, Superman came on and won a gallant race by a length from Beacon Light, with the tired Nealon third.

The time of the race was 2:00, exactly the same figure which was made when Conroy, in 1901, racing for the same owner, and in a blinding rainstorm, earned the distinction of being the first three-year-old to win a Brooklyn Handicap, though Superman is the third three-year-old now that has won the big event. The fractional time showed a singularly good pace, a killing rate of speed, in fact, for such going, as the first quarter was done in 0:23 3-5, the three furlongs in 0:35 4-5, the half mile in 0:48 1-5, the five furlongs in 1:01 1-5, the six furlongs in 1:14, the seven furlongs in 1:28, and the mile in 1:42.” (The New York Times, 05/21/1907)

Photo of Lamplighter

Photograph of Lamplighter (1889 br. c. by Spendthrift – Torchlight (GB) by Speculum (GB)) as published in Types and Breeds of Farm Animals by Charles Sumner Plumb, 1906.

First Minstrel (126 lbs.) tops the 1933 Experimental Handicap

While The Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap (or “Experimental Handicap” as it was initially known) originated in 1933 and has been released annually since 1935, there’s a dearth of easily accessible information on the internet with lists of horses weighted in the earlier years. It’s not difficult to locate the highweights, or weights assigned to notable horses, but it can be challenging to easily find lists of all horses who were weighted each year.

For that reason, I’ve decided to start a series listing all horses weighted in the Experimental Handicap/Experimental Free Handicap on a year-by-year basis from its inception in 1933 through possibly 1965 or so.


Weights assigned by Walter S. Vosburgh for the 1933 Experimental Handicap (2-year-olds of 1933):

126 lbs. – First Minstrel
125 lbs. – Cavalcade
124 lbs. – Singing Wood; High Quest
122 lbs. – Soon Over (GB); Mata Hari (f); Spy Hill
121 lbs. – Elylee
120 lbs. – HadagalBazaar (f)
119 lbs. – Red Wagon; High Glee (f)
118 lbs. – Wise Daughter (f); Far Star (f); Sir Thomas
117 lbs. – Discovery; Roustabout; Jabot (f); Slapdash (f); Black Buddy; Observant; Chicstraw
116 lbs. – Trumpery; Sgt. Byrne; Glendye; Peace Chance
115 lbs. – Kawagoe; Revere; Gay Monarch
114 lbs. – Blue Again; Collateral; Rhythmic (f); Domino Player; Blue for Boys (f)
112 lbs. – Trey; Bonanza; Proud Girl (f); Dreel; Chance Flight; Some Pomp (f); Fortification; Kieva (f)
111 lbs. – Sir Ten; Brown Jack; Agrarian; Holystone
110 lbs. – National Anthem; Propagandist; Bright Haven; Loggia (f); Earnings; Cuirassier; Greyglade (f); Miss Merriment (f)
109 lbs. – Hildur Prince; Moira’s Chief; General Parth; Spoilt Beauty (f); Vicar
108 lbs. – Calycanthus; R. Pinchot; Sonrisa (f)
107 lbs. – Easy Come (f); Wrackdale; Bataille (f); Speed Girl (f)
106 lbs. – Sassafras; Stand Pat; The Triumvir; Rose Cross; Kepi
105 lbs. – Sun Tempest; Front; Maine Chance; Fleam (f); Wise Nat; Hawk Moth (f)
104 lbs. – Yap (f); Dessner; Inflate (f); Kings Minstrel; Sainted
103 lbs. – Captain Argo; Flabbergast (f)

*(f) Filly

Overall, fifty-five sires were represented among the eighty-four horses weighted, with a total of fifteen stallions having sired more than one horse on the list. Sir Gallahad III lead the list with seven horses listed, with First Minstrel’s sire Royal Minstrel (GB) next with five, followed by John P. Grier with four, and Chicle (FR), Man o’ War, Sickle (GB), and St. Germans (GB) with three. Chatterton, General Lee, High Time, Pompey, Stimulus, The Porter, Wise Counsellor, and Wrack (GB) each had two horses make the list.


New York Herald Tribune, 12/17/1933.

“In the opinion of Water S. Vosburgh, official handicapper of The Jockey Club, Mrs. Payne Whitney’s First Minstrel is entitled to first rating among the two-year-old colts of 1933 and Charles T. Fisher’s Mata Hari stands foremost of the season’s juvenile fillies.

Mr. Vosburgh, generally recognized as America’s leading authority on thoroughbred form, in the December 15 issue of “The Racing Calendar,” the official publication of The Jockey Club, for the first time classified the most prominent two-year-olds that raced in the United States and Canada this year. He calls it “the experimental handicap for two-year-olds of 1933.”

Such a rating, known as the “future handicap,” has been in vogue in England for more than a century and naturally commands the respect not only of bookmakers who lay future prices on most of the English classics but also of horsemen and players generally.

Mr. Vosburgh’s handicap should be particularly interesting to the various operators who make winter books on the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, late closing spring classics for three-year-olds exclusively.

First Minstrel, which won the Sanford and the Junior Champion among other less important victories, is given the post of honor of 126 pounds. This is one pound higher than the rating allowed Mrs. Dodge Sloane’s Cavalcade, winner of the Hyde Park, and two pounds more than Mrs. John Hay Whitney’s Singing Wood, which won The Futurity. Mrs. Slone’s High Quest, which won the Futurity Trial, is rated even with Singing Wood at 124 pounds.

Yet the Dixiana filly Mata Hari, which follows at 122 pounds, the same notch at which are placed Mrs. Payne Whitney’s colts, Soon Over and Spy Hill, really ranks much higher when her sex allowance is taken into consideration. Two-year-old fillies are allowed three pounds in the scale and three-year-old fillies five pound up to September 1; three pounds thereafter. So Mr. Vosburgh’s rating on a two-year-old basis really places Mata Hari second with Cavalcade at 125 pounds, one less than the top weight, First Minstrel. With her five pounds’ allowance as a prospective candidate for leading three-year-old honors, Mata Hari would be elevated to the peak (127), one pound ahead of First Minstrel.

E. R. Bradley’s filly Bazaar, a sensation at Saratoga where she won the Hopeful, is rated two pounds below Mata Hari, but her sex allowance as a three-year-old would move her right behind First Minstrel alongside Cavalcade. Many are likely to disagree with Mr. Vosburgh on his ratings of other leading fillies, particularly of Far Star, a stablemate of Mata Hari, which her stable connections are supposed to consider the better of the two. Far Star and W. S. Burton’s Wise Daughter are both placed two pounds below Bazaar and four below Mata Hari. C. V. Whitney’s High Glee, which beat Bazaar in the Matron, is rated a pound better than these two.

In view of the disappointing performances at Belmont and in Maryland after he had won the Champagne, Warren Wright’s Hadagal seems generously treated with ninth ranking at two pounds better than Sir Thomas, which ran Singing Wood to a head in The Futurity and which would undoubtedly have won had he not lost several lengths for Tony Pascuma in jumping a path across the main track midway of the chute.” (W. J. Macbeth / New York Herald Tribune, 12/17/1933)

Chart of the week: Altawood wins the 1924 Pimlico Cup in a blinding snowstorm

The Washington Post, 11/16/1924.


“Running right back to his victory in the Bowie handicap last Tuesday, Altawood, bearing the scarlet and white striped colors of J. E. Widener, the Philadelphia sportsman, was a galloping winner yesterday in the sixth annual renewal of the Pimlico cup, the feature of the closing-day program, which was run off in a snowstorm for the first time in the history of the sport in Maryland.

The Belair stud’s Aga Khan, who was beaten a head by Altawood in the Bowie, finished second to him again yesterday though he was whipped more decisively. The Lilane stable’s Sunsini was third, while the Salubria stable’s My Own, the only other starter, who essayed the 2 ¼ mile journey, was pulled up at the head at the head of the stretch and finished a bad last.

The storm, which began with a drizzling rain in the early morning, became so heavy during the early part of the afternoon that it was impossible to distinguish colors in the backstretch or at the upper turn during the first three races, but it had abated somewhat by post time for the feature event and the subsequent races and the crowd, which was exceptionally large considering the mean weather, had no trouble following the running during the rest of the day.

The rain and snow left the track in a treacherous state of mud and slush, which the favorites for the most part had difficulty in negotiating, though in the races where there was any semblance of class the choices ran through it all right.

The Pimlico cup was run in much the same fashion as the Bowe except that Johnny Maiben allowed Sunsini and My Own to make the pace instead of going to the top with Aga Khan as he did on that occasion, while Ivan Parke, as usual, dropped Altawood in behind his field.

They maintained this order for the first mile and a half with Marinelli steering Sunsini wide all the way in the better going, as he has no particular fondness for mud. At the far turn there was a general closing up and My Own bore out almost to the middle of the track before Babin could straighten him out, while Aga Khan and Altawood moved up on the leader.

Circling the bend it was apparent that Altawood would be the winner as he was running at Aga Khan’s throat latch with Parke still having him under restraint. As they swung into the stretch he bounded away from the Omar Khayam colt without trouble to go on to a three-length victory, without ever being fully extended.

Aga Khan ran his customary honest race, and had no trouble trimming the tiring Sunsini for the place. There was some who contended that if Maiben had not made the pace in the Bowie with him he would have beaten Altawood yesterday’s performance convinced them that he is no match for the son of Master Robert – Crestwood Girl over a distance of ground.

After bearing out on the far turn, My Own ran almost to the outside fence at the head of the stretch and finished next to the rail with Babin easing up. It was at first thought that he had broken down by William Brooks, his trainer, announced that he had pulled up sound. The presence of My Own in the race occasioned no little surprise as his aversion to anything but a hard track is known to all. His trainer was against starting him, but Admiral Cary T. Grayson, owner of the Salubria stable, insisted on it.

“I know he can’t run in the mud, but maybe he can in a snowstorm,” said the Admiral, and My Own was sent to the post.

Altawood paid 1 to 2 in the mutuels and his victory was worth $7,950 to Mr. Widener. Aga Khan earned $2,00 by running second, Sunsini $1,000 and My Own $500. Mr. Widener bought Altawood about a month ago at a reported price of $40,000 and his triumphs in the Bowie and Pimlico cup have already netted him about half that sum. If he continues to go on next year, there is no question but that he will prove a big bargain for the Quaker City sportsman.”
(Harry Stringer / The Washington Post, 11/16/1924)

Morris Park, May 1904: Trainers to be fined for sending unschooled racers to the post

“For the fourth race at Morris Park yesterday, a half mile down the Eclipse course for maidens two years old, nearly half of the field of fifteen horses that went to the post were green youngsters who had never even been schooled at the barrier, and the trouble they gave Starter Fitzgerald caused prompt action by the Stewards of the meeting, who issued orders that in future any trainer who shall send an unschooled horse to the post shall be fined $50.

The start was the only one made by Mr. Fitzgerald in the two days of racing at Morris Park that merited description other than good, and though a number of the partisans of the start from a walk used by Mr. Cassidy are not yet convinced, horsemen agree that the return to the standing start, Mr. Fitzgerald’s old method, has worked a wonderful improvement, in that there have been no long delays at the post, and the horses in eleven out of twelve races have broken together.

The single exception, in yesterday’s two-year-old maiden race, was due to the fact that a large proportion of the horses had never been to the barrier, and refused to break even when it was lifted with all of them in line. Drone was left at the post, and Mr. Fitzgerald stated after the race that Migraine, Roderick Dhu, Maxey Moore [sic], and Fleur de Marie was as good as left, as they did not leave until their riders whipped them off.” (The New York Times, 05/07/1904)