Aqueduct

Chart(s) of the week: the 1951 & 1967 Suburban Handicaps

Going off as the 15-1 sixth choice, the 4-year-old filly Busanda (War Admiral) defeated the 5-year-old Isolater (GB) horse Lone Eagle (himself at 96-1) by 1 ½ lengths to take the 65th edition of Suburban Handicap (10f) at Belmont Park

CHART - 1951 Suburban (NYT 1951.05.31)

The New York Times, 05/31/1951


With the Suburban temporarily moved to Aqueduct, Busanda’s 4-year-old son Buckpasser (Tom Fool) kept the race in the family when defeating the 4-year-old colt Ring Twice (Gallant Man) by a half-length to win the 1967 edition of the race.

CHART - 1967 Suburban H. (NYT 1967.07.05)

The New York Times, 07/05/1967


Beginning with Busanda in 1951, the La Troienne (FR) branch of Family 1-x has won eight Suburban Handicaps (Busanda-1951; Buffle-1966; Buckpasser-1967; True Knight-1974; Easy Goer-1990; Pleasant Tap-1992; Mineshaft-2003; Frost Giant-2008).

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Chart of the Week: The 1930 Great American Stakes

Under the crushing impost of 130 lbs., 2-year-old colt Equipoise (Pennant) defeats Polydorus (Friar Rock) by two lengths to win the Great American Stakes (5f) at Aqueduct on June 21, 1930.

CHART - 1930 Great American S. (NYT 1930.06.22)

The New York Times, 06/22/1930

PHOTO - 1930 Great American S. (NYT 1930.06.22)

The New York Times, 06/22/1930

Chart of the Week: The 1963 Woodward Stakes

On September 28, 1963, the 6-year-old gelding Kelso (Your Host) defeated 3-year old colt Never Bend (Nasrullah (GB)) by 3 ½ lengths to take the Woodward Stakes (10f) at Aqueduct. Crimson Satan (Spy Song), Carry Back (Saggy), and Garwol (My Babu (FR)) rounded out the highly accomplished field.

CHART - 1963 Woodward S. (NYT 1963.09.29)

The New York Times, 09/29/1963

 

Hauca, Perida & Thingumabob

Hauca – 1936 ch. f. Wise Counsellor – Fire Boat by Big Blaze
Breeder/Owner: Glen Riddle Farm (Samuel D. Riddle)
Trainer: G. Conway

Record: (5) 3-1-0 / $2,255
ETR at Suffolk Downs (06/21/1938): 5 furlongs in :58 ⅘

Owned and bred by Sam Riddle, Hauca was a daughter of champion Wise Counsellor and the first foal out of the Big Blaze mare Fire Boat. Fire Boat was unraced, having been bred to Wise Counsellor as a 2-year-old.


Thingumabob – 1936 b. c. Boojum – Refine by Ormondale
Breeder: C. V. Whitney
Owner: Manhasset Stable (Joan Whitney Payson and Mrs. Charles S. Payson)
Trainer: William Brennan

New York Times, 08/12/1938

Thingumabob following his win in the 1938 Arlington Futurity. Photo: The New York Times, 08/12/1938.

Record: (3) 2-0-0 / $31,810
1st: Arlington Futurity (6f,AP)

Bred by C. V. Whitney and owned by Mrs. C. S. Payson’s Manhasset Stable, Thingumabob was a son of the speedy Whitney-bred stallion Boojum. Boojum, by John P. Grier, was a precocious sort who counted the Hopeful Stakes among his three wins as a juvenile, and “whose blazing speed was too much for the strength of his legs. Boojum broke down after a fine 2 year old campaign and was retired to the Whitney stud.” (Chicago Daily Tribune, 07/28/1938)

Following retirement to the breeding shed, Boojum would sire thirty-two foals at stud, one of them being the bay colt out of the young Ormondale mare Refine, later named Thingumabob.

Among others, Refine would later produce the Mahmoud (FR) filly Miss Mood (1944), who is of current relevance as the 7th dam of champion and current leading 3-year-old American Pharoah (2012 b. c. by Pioneerof the Nile).


Perida – 1937 b. f. Chance Shot – Black Queen by Pompey
Owner/breeder: Joseph E. Widener
Trainer: P. Coyne

Record: (3) 2-0-0 / $4,950
1st: Fashion S. (4.5f,BEL)

Owned and bred by Joseph Widener, Perida was the second foal out of the young Pompey mare Black Queen, herself the only foal produced by the champion mare Black Maria prior to that mare’s premature death in 1932.

It was an ill-fated line, as Black Queen’s first foal, the Polymelian (GB) filly Black Polly (1936), would produce only two foals before her premature death in 1942. One of those foals was the classic winning champion Polynesian (1942 br. c. by Unbreakable).


Hauca, Perida, and Thingumabob did not share pedigree, owner, trainer, or competition, and aside from sky high expectations, at first glance may not seem to have much in common. However, all three are forever linked as a result of the circumstances of their respective demises.

Saratoga – the graveyard of favorites, indeed.

MAY 1938
Under the tutelage of trainer William Brennan, the 2-year-old Thingumabob had garnered notice for his speedy works at Belmont Park, including a four furlong work in :48. Entered in a 4 ½ furlong maiden race at Belmont on May 10, Thingumabob would cover the sloppy going in :54⅖, winning by six lengths under Eddie Arcaro. Future stakes horse T. M. Dorsett would finish seventh in the field of fourteen.

JUNE 1938
The 2-year-old Hauca would make her debut at Belmont Park on June 1 in the Graceful Purse (5f). Racing greenly, she would finish second to Sun Girl by 1 ½ lengths. Five days later at Aqueduct, she would win a maiden event on June 6 by four lengths in 1:00 ⅗.

Hauca’s third and final start for the month of June would come at Suffolk Downs, where in a winning effort on June 21 she would equal the track record for five furlongs, running the distance in :58 ⅘.

JULY 1938
After a lengthy break, Thingumabob was shipped to Arlington Park in late July in preparation for the Arlington Futurity (6f) on July 30. While at Arlington, his athleticism in the mornings caused the maiden winner’s bandwagon to continue to grow.

“That he will be the favorite was made evident yesterday morning when he turned in the most sensational trial of the Futurity training period on the Arlington Park Course. Apparently as much at home in this going as he is over a fast track, he splashed mud in all directions while he breezed a half mile in the spectacular muddy track time of 48 seconds. He had stepped the first quarter in :22 ⅖ and the three-eighths in 35 seconds.” (Chicago Daily Tribune, 07/29/1938)

Now at Saratoga, Hauca would win a 5 ½ furlong allowance on July 29 by four lengths, clocking a time of 1:07 in the muddy going.

Thingumabob, again under the guidance of Eddie Arcaro, would take the Arlington Futurity on July 30 by five lengths in 1:12. No Competition would finish second, with Hants third.

“Not once during the race did Arcaro use his whip. Soon after he passed the finish line he hit Thingumabob one crack with it just to keep the bay son of Boojum-Refine from pulling up too suddenly. Thingumabob not only scored one of the easiest victories in the history of the Futurity but many horseman acclaimed him as the best looking juvenile ever to win it.” (Chicago Daily Tribune, 07/31/1938)

Chicago Daily Tribune, 07/31/1938

Thingumabob winning the 1938 Arlington Futurity. Photo: Chicago Daily Tribune, 07/31/1938.

Thingumabob - 1938.07.30 A Futurity chart (NYT 1938.07.31)

The New York Times, 07/31/1938

AUGUST 1938: SARATOGA, THE SANFORD STAKES
Following his win in the Arlington Futurity, Thingumabob would make a quick turnaround for the Sanford Stakes (6f) at Saratoga on August 11. Rumors swirled about Thingumabob, with railbirds saying that not only had insurance on the promising juvenile had been upped from $10,000 to $50,000, but that the Paysons had turned down a $200,000 offer for the colt.

“Classed with El Chico and Ariel Toy as one of the nation’s foremost juveniles, Thingumabob broke well and was coming up fast on the inside when the field went into the far turn. Here Ariel Toy swerved over. Suddenly the favorite faltered and the leg snapped. Jockey Eddie Arcaro took him around the bend and dismounted. Examination showed the leg had broken clean just above the ankle and there was no hope of saving the colt.” (Chicago Daily Tribune, 08/12/1938)

Los Angeles Times, 08/12/1938

Ariel Toy would finish first by a length over Birch Rod. He was later disqualified “partly because of what happened on the back stretch, and partly because of Ariel Toy’s bearing out just at the finish. …He was handled by Eddie Arcaro, who stated after the accident that he was not bothered by Ariel Toy. This makes the disqualification the more mysterious. Wayne Wright, rider of Birch Rod, lodged no claim.

Thingumabob started a trifle slowly, well back of the flying Ariel Toy, and was rushed up along the rail by Arcaro in an effort to save ground. Arcaro then ran into what is known on the race track as “an open switch.” Hardy, rider of Ariel Toy, “closed the switch” by bearing over toward the fence. This forced Arcaro to take back. In snatching Thingumabob back out of full stride, when the colt was just getting up steam in earnest, he may have stepped in a hole.

It is a fact that Thingumabob did not break down until after Ariel Toy had gone completely over to the fence and begun to draw off. Whether or not Ariel Toy actually bumped Thingumabob is a matter for the patrol judge on duty at that point. He made no such statement that could be gained by the press.” (The New York Times, 08/12/1938)

New York Times, 08/13/1938

The next day, the Saratoga stewards rendered the following verdict placing blame solely on Ariel Toy’s jockey, Lee Hardy.

“The racing stewards at Saratoga, after a long and detailed investigation, today charged Lee Hardy, veteran jockey, with causing the accident which resulted in the destroying of Mrs. C. S. Payson’s highly regarded two-year-old Thingumabob, during the running of the Sanford Stakes yesterday.

As the result the 30-year-old Lexington, Ind., rider was suspended for the remainder of the meeting, which ends August 27, and an additional ten racing days and his case referred to the Jockey Club for further action.

On the report of the patrol judges stationed at the point of the accident, the stewards charged Hardy with deliberately crossing in front of Thingumabob and causing interference. Eddie Arcaro, up on Mrs. Payson’s colt, was forced to take up sharply, which is believed to have caused Thingumabob to break his leg.

In their ruling the stewards said an inspection revealed marks on the rail where the accident occurred. A subsequent examination of the body of the horse showed a shoe to have been pulled half off the left fore foot, a severely-grabbed left quarter and badly torn ligaments in the right fore leg.

Ariel Toy, Hardy’s mount, also was disqualified from first money for swerving in front of Trailer and Birch Rod, ridden by Raymond Workman and Wayne Wright, respectively, in the stretch run. Birch Rod, a rank outsider, was awarded the purse.” (The Washington Post, 08/13/1938)

AUGUST 1938: SARATOGA, THE SPINAWAY STAKES
On August 13, two days after the Sanford, Hauca would make her stakes debut in the Spinaway Stakes (6f). With three wins in four starts and a track record equaling effort to her name, she was instilled as the favorite for the race.

New York Times, 08/14/1938

“Thanksgiving won the historic Travers before 20,000 at Saratoga today as tragedy struck for the second time within three days. Samuel D. Riddle’s Hauca, favorite for the Spinaway, secondary feature, suffered a broken leg at the far turn, and had to be destroyed. The accident happened at almost the precise spot where Thingumabob suffered a broken leg on Thursday.

The stewards grounded [Jocky] Lee Hardy following the Thingumabob accident and this afternoon issued the following statement in the Hauca case: “Jocky [sic] Samuel Renick is suspended for the remainder of the meeting and ten additional racing days, effective Tuesday, Aug. 16, and his case referred to the jocky [sic] club. Renick’s suspension was the result of crossing over and causing Hauca to fall.” (Chicago Daily Tribune, 08/14/1938)

MAY 1939
Perida would debut at Belmont Park in a 4 ½ furlong maiden event on May 11, defeating Small World and future Reine-de-Course mare Thorn Apple by 1 ½ lengths in :53 ⅗.

Perida - Fashion (NYT 1939.05.14)

Wasting no time, she would return to the starting gate two days later in the Fashion Stakes (4.5f), winning her stakes debut by three lengths over Us in :52.

AUGUST 1939: SARATOGA, THE SPINAWAY STAKES
After an extended break following her win in the Fashion S., Perida’s next start would not come until the Spinaway Stakes (6f) at Saratoga on August 19. Despite having been away from the starting gate since mid-May, she would be named the favorite for the race.

Perida - Spinaway (NYT 1939.08.20)

“In the $10,000 Spinaway, Perida, the favorite, broke her leg and was destroyed. The accident occurred soon after the start of the six furlong sprint and near the spot where the fleet filly Hauca met her end in the same race last year. Other two year olds have come to grief at approximately the same spot, notably Thingumabob, another casualty of 1938.” (New York Times, 08/20/1939)

Soldier Girl (1961)

Soldier Girl – 1961 (Feb. 18) b. f. by Guerrero – Anita S. by Fair Truckle (GB)
“It’s no “cold war” as far as Soldier Girl is concerned.”

Breeder: Peter Strub
Owner: Mr. and Mrs. John Tusquellas
Trainer: Charlie Comiskey

Record: (13) 9-0-0 / $53,234
1st: Railbird S. (7f,HP), Oceanside H.-Div. II (6f,DM), Bing Crosby H. (6f,DM), Palomar H. (6f,DM), Peninsula H. (6f,BM)
NTR/EWR at Del Mar (8/13/1964): 5f in :56 2/5, carrying 116 lbs.

Referred to as a “big, smooth striding filly,” Soldier Girl was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. John Tusquellas as a yearling at Del Mar for $7,400.

Soldier Girl - LAT 1964.05.29MAY 1964
Unraced as a 2-year-old, Soldier Girl made her career debut in a six furlong maiden race at Hollywood Park on May 20, defeating Evening Stroll by four lengths in 1:10.

In good form off the win, she would race back in a six furlong allowance on May 28, besting Fran La Femme by a length in 1:09 3/5.

“There’s no telling how good Soldier Girl may be.” – Bion Abbott (Los Angeles Times, 05/29/1964)

JUNE 1964
The Railbird Stakes (7f) on June 4 was Soldier Girl’s first attempt at a distance longer than six furlongs. Racing on the lead for much of the race, her half-mile time in the Railbird was :43 3/5, the fastest in Hollywood Park history. She would ultimately tire and finish seventh in the field of eleven behind winner Fran La Femme.

“I can’t believe she went that fast with the hold I had,” declared pacemaster John Longden after climbing down from the dead-tired favorite. “She was trying to get out bad down the chute and I had to fight her.” – Bion Abbott (Los Angeles Times, 06/05/1964)

Cutting back to her proven distance of six furlongs, Solider Girl won the Montecito Country Club at Hollywood on June 12 by 6 ½ lengths over Steel Edge in 1:10 2/5. Attempting to stretch out once more – this time to a mile – she would the end the month with a sixth place finish in the Honeymoon Stakes (1 mi.) on June 23, where Gim Mah, Fran La Femme, and Lil’s Nite Out would take the top three spots.

Soldier Girl - Montecito Purse chart (LAT 1964.06.13)

JULY 1964
In her final start at Hollywood prior to moving to Del Mar for the rest of the summer, Soldier Girl would take on males in the Ojai Purse (6f) on July 8, defeating Oldie by one length in 1:09 2/5.

AUGUST 1964
Soldier Girl’s first start at Del Mar came in the Oceanside Handicap (6f) on August 1. Due to the number of entrants, the race was split into two divisions. Assigned to the second division and making her second straight start against males, Soldier Girl would win her division of the Oceanside by three lengths over Sir Echo in 1:08 4/5.

“There isn’t a horse in the country that can beat her at five furlongs,” Tusquellas said when it was over. “I’d welcome a match race for her.” – Bob Hebert (Los Angeles Times, 08/02/1964)

Soldier Girl - LAT 1964.08.14

Again racing against males, Soldier Girl would win the Culver City Lions Club Handicap (5f) on August 13 by 1 ½ lengths over Rich Mel and Mr. Thong. Her final time of :56 2/5 lowered the previous track record of 1:00 set by Claudian in 1937 by almost four seconds, and equaled the world record for five furlongs set by Bettyanbull at Turf Paradise in 1959 (Bettyanbull herself was a speedball of the highest order, having equaled Lucky Mel’s world record of :56 3/5 for five furlongs at Turf Paradise in February 1958, and then claiming the record outright in 1959). The Culver City Lions Club was an exceptionally fast race, with all seven starters in the race running a sub-1:00 time.

Soldier Girl - chart Culver City

“It’s no “cold war” as far as Soldier Girl is concerned. The hottest thing this turf-and-surf course has seen since the heyday of Crazy Kid marches after another stakes triumph in this afternoon’s $16,125 Bing Crosby ‘Cap.” – Bob Hebert (Los Angeles Times, 08/22/1964)    

Soldier Girl - LAT 1964.08.23Prior to Soldier Girl’s start in the Bing Crosby Handicap (6f) on August 22, Tusquellas was offered $100,000 for the filly while in the paddock. At the time, he said he would most likely accept, although he never did. Solider Girl continued her winning ways in the Bing Crosby, winning by 2 ½ lengths in 1:09 2/5. More Megaton and Rich Mel would dead heat for second place.

Soldier Girl - chart Bing Crosby H.

Soldier Girl - LAT 1964.09.10

SEPTEMBER 1964
In her final start at Del Mar on September 9, Soldier Girl won the Palomar Handicap (6f) by two lengths in 1:09 2/5 over Jam N Jellie. Despite being saddled with the heaviest impost of her career at 126 lbs., her five furlong fractional time was :56 2/5, equaling her world record equaling time clocked in the Culver City Lions Club in August.

Soldier Girl - Palomar H. chart

Following the seasonal closure of Del Mar, Soldier Girl went upstate to Bay Meadows, defeating Mr. Thong in the Peninsula Handicap (6f) on September 19 by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:09 4/5.

OCTOBER 1964
Having conquered all there was to conquer on the West Coast, Soldier Girl would travel to Garden State Park in New Jersey for the Quaker City Handicap (6f) on October 12. Her attempted eastern campaign would be disastrous. In the Quaker City, Solider Girl would suffer the third loss of her career, finishing thirteenth in the field of fourteen. The winner, Tosmah, would equal the track record of 1:08 4/5.

Soldier Girl would make one additional start on the east coast in the Interborough Handicap (6f) at Aqueduct on October 21, where she would finish last in the field of six. Affectionately would win.

Soldier Girl - Interborough H. chart

IN RETIREMENT
Retired following her last place finish in the Interborough, Soldier Girl was bred to Nashville in the spring of 1965. She would produce fourteen foals from 1966 to 1984, with her most successful offspring being the graded stakes winning gelding Soldier’s Lark (by T. V. Lark).

Initially owned by Desi Arnaz during her breeding career, Soldier Girl would pass through several hands before being purchased by Tom Gentry for $115,000 (in foal to Wajima) at the 1980 Keeneland November Sale. Gentry’s stock was dispersed at Keeneland in March 1986, where the 25-year-old Soldier Girl (said to be in foal to Encino) would sell for $1,000.

FOALS
Vatina (1966 ch. c. by Nashville)
Record: (5) 2-0-0 / $5,750 in 2 years of racing (1969, 1972)

Too Many Girls (1967 b. f. by Four-and-Twenty)
Record: Unraced
Successful producer, ancestress of graded stakes winner Bushwacker.

Born Fighter (1968 b. c. by Nashville)
Record: (3) 2-0-0 / $6,520  in 1 year of racing (1970)
1st: Mid-Peninsula S. (Colts & Geldings) $7,500

Country Soldier (1970 ch. c. by Nashville)
Record: (11) 2-0-3 / $6,220 in 2 years of racing (1972-1973)

Royal George (1970 ch. c. by Vaguely Noble (IRE))
Record: (23) 8-2-3 / $24,979 in 3 years of racing (1974-1976)

No Distress (1972 b. c. by Vaguely Noble (IRE))
Record: (46) 9-6-7 / $71,670 in 5 years of racing (1974-1978)

Battalion Queen (1973 b. f. by T. V. Lark)
Record: (4) 1-0-0 / $5,825 in 2 years of racing (1975-1976)

Soldier’s Lark (1974 b. g. by T. V. Lark)
Record: (63) 18-3-4 / $238,980 in 7 years of racing (1977-1984)
1st: 1977 Roamer H. (G2,AQU); 2nd 1977 Knickerbocker H. (G3,AQU), 1978 Arcadia H. (G3,SA), Capital City H. (PEN)
NCR at the Meadowlands (1978): 1 1/16 mi. in 1:42

Domaroca (1976 dkb/br. c. by Mickey McGuire)
Record: (34) 6-2-5 / $38,890 in 3 years of racing (1979-1981)

Seventh Cavalry (1977 dkb/br. c. by Mickey McGuire)
Record: (8) 4-1-0 / $40,775 in 2 years of racing (1979, 1981)

Dorothy Maud (1978 b. f. by Icecapade)
Record: (3) 1-0-1 / $12,480 in 1 year of racing (1981)

Joyam (1979 b. f. by Wajima)
Record: (7) 0-1-0 / $2,145 in 1 year of racing (1982)

Scoreboard (1981 ch. c. by Wajima)
Record: (8) 0-0-0 / $720 in 2 years of racing (1984)

Col. Travis (1984 b. c. by Wajima)
Record: (25) 2-5-2 / $18,226 in 3 years of racing (1987-1989)

Bold Reasoning, continued

I’ve noticed for awhile that a previous post I made about Bold Reasoning keeps getting hits. This post was kind of a pointless rambling (though ‘pointless rambling’ could probably apply to this entire blog), so I couldn’t understand why people kept coming to it until I searched his name, and that post came up on the first page of results for various search engines.

That lead me to look into things a bit more, and I found it surprising that there’s not more free, easily accessible information on Bold Reasoning’s life out there. As always, the below is not guaranteed to be comprehensive, but hopefully it can fill in some gaps and place a little emphasis on Bold Reasoning as the race horse, instead of Bold Reasoning as the sire.


Bold Reasoning – 1968 (Apr. 29) dkb/br. h. by Boldnesian – Reason to Earn by Hail to Reason

Breeder: Leon Savage (FL)
Owner: Kosgrove Stable (William Kosnick & Charles T. Hargrove) then Nelson Bunker Hunt
Trainer: Nick Gonzales

Record: (12) 8-2-0 / $189,564
1st: Withers S. (AQU, 1 mi.); Jersey Derby (Garden State, 1 1/8 mi.); 2nd Metropolitan H. (BEL, 1 mi.), WRLB Purse (MP, 1 1/16 mi.)
Established NTR Belmont Park (5/15/1972): 6f in 1:08 4/5

THE EARLY YEARS
Bred in Florida by Leon Savage, Bold Reasoning was purchased for $15,500 at the Hialeah sale of 2-year-olds in training by the Kosgrove Stable, comprised of Detroit automobile designer William “Bill” Kosnick and American Bankers’ Insurance Company of Miami president Charles “Charley” Hargrove, and placed with trainer Nick Gonzales.

While showing talent as a 2-year-old, Bold Reasoning would suffer a myriad of issues that would delay his career debut until March of his 3-year-old season. While in training at Belmont Park during the summer of 1970, an ailing ankle would be blistered and require time off, and once moved to Hialeah for the winter, a safety pin would dislodge from his ankle wrap and embed itself in his hoof, resulting in an infected hoof/ankle.

MARCH 1971
Now on sound footing, Bold Reasoning would win his career debut, a six furlong maiden race at Gulfstream Park on March 8. He would follow up on the effort by winning a seven furlong allowance by five lengths in 1:22 3/5 at Gulfstream on March 17 and a six furlong allowance by two lengths in 1:09 2/5 at Gulfstream on March 31. The allowance on March 31 would be his first race against future frequent rival Pass Catcher, who would finish seventh in the field of ten.

APRIL 1971
Moving to Aqueduct for the rest of the spring, Bold Reasoning would win a seven furlong allowance at Aqueduct on April 29 by two lengths in 1:22 4/5.

Bold Reasoning - 1971.04.29 AQU headline (NYT 1971.04.30)

Bold Reasoning - 1971.04.29 AQU chart (NYT 1971.04.30)

“He has won four races in less than two months now,” said Gonzales, “and he keeps getting better. There’s no telling how good he could be.” Charles E. Hargrove, his owner, is equally optimistic. “He could be another colt like Hoist the Flag,” he said.” – Thomas Rogers (The New York Times, 04/30/1971)

MAY 1971
“You can do anything with this horse,” [Jacinto] Vasquez concluded. “He’s as good as Executioner.” – Gerald Strine (The Washington Post, 06/01/1971)

Undefeated in four starts, Bold Reasoning would move into stakes competition in the Withers Stakes (1 mi.) on May 8. Taking to the sloppy Aqueduct going, he would defeat Highbinder (a brother to Dr. Fager) by two lengths in 1:35 4/5. Salem would take the show, with Good Behaving finishing fourth.

Bold Reasoning - Withers headline (Washington Post 1971.05.09)
“Both owners agreed they would not send their horse into the Preakness, the second part of the Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness, at a mile and three-sixteenths, is to be run at Pimlico next Saturday, and the owners, as well as the trainer, feel it would be too much to send the animal back into a major test with so little rest. All parties agreed, however, they would consider putting up the $5,000 to supplement Bold Reasoning in the Belmont.” – Joe Nichols (The New York Times, 05/09/1971)

While many were still hoping that the undefeated colt would take on Canonero II in the Preakness, Bold Reasoning’s next start would be against allowance competition, where over one mile at Aqueduct on May 18, he would defeat the 4-year-old Protanto by three lengths in 1:35, with 4-year-old The Pruner coming in third.

Bold Reasoning - 1971.05.18 AQU chart (NYT 1971.05.19)

Following his decisive win against older horses, the conversation began to turn to whether the still undefeated colt would take on the Belmont Stakes.

“I don’t want any part of a mile and a half, at least not now,” trainer Nick Gonzales said last week. … “It’s not that we’re ducking anybody,” the trainer said. “My horse is doing very well. Eventually, given time, I’m confident he will get a longer distance. Right now, though, the mile and a half would be too much. It would only be his eighth start.” – Gerald Strine (The Washington Post, 05/31/1971)

While Gonzales’ initial plans were for Bold Reasoning to contend the Peter Pan (then run as an allowance) at Belmont on May 28; ultimately his final start for the month of May would come in the Jersey Derby (1 1/8 mi.) at Garden State Park on May 31. Over a “dried out” track rated good, Bold Reasoning would win by a half-length over Pass Catcher in 1:49 3/5.

Bold Reasoning - Jersey Derby headline (LAT 1971.06.01)

“While Canonero II was disposing of a mediocre crop of 3-year-olds in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Bold Reasoning was competing in allowance races at Aqueduct. “Sure, you wonder what your horse could have done in those races,” Gonzales conceded this morning as he admired Bold Reasoning. “But I wasn’t going to push him. He wasn’t ready yet for the long distances. But he will be.”  

Bold Reasoning will not go in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes next Saturday. “At this stage,” said Gonzeles, “this distance is just fine for him. Maybe later.” Gonzales was supremely confident before the race, claiming that Bold Reasoning had beaten “these type of horses” that Canonero II had defeated.

How good is Bold Reasoning? “I’d like to see him in the Belmont,” said Vasquez. “I’ll tell you this, that Canonero would have to run awfully fast to beat him.” “Yes,” said Charles Hargrove, “it’d be nice if you can beat Canonero some time.” – Charles Eskenazi (The New York Times, 06/01/1971)

JULY 1971
Bold Reasoning had been plagued with throat troubles, and after a six week absence from the track – during which time his old rival Pass Catcher would upset eventual fourth place finisher Canonero II in the Belmont Stakes – he would next appear in the WRLB Purse (1 1/16 mi.) at Monmouth Park on July 1. Now undefeated in seven starts, confidence was high in the colt’s chances and he would go off as the resounding favorite.

However, instead of being just another feather in his cap, the WRLB Purse would mark the first loss of Bold Reasoning’s career, when he would finish second by three-quarters of a length to the 5-year-old I Found Gold.

Bold Reasoning - WRLB Purse (NYT 1971.07.02)

While scheduled to start in the Dwyer Stakes on July 9, he would return to the barn with a cough following his morning gallop on July 8, necessitating a scratch.

Bold Reasoning - Jim Dandy headline (Washington Post 1971.08.14)AUGUST 1971
Not having started since July 1, Bold Reasoning’s next start would come in the Jim Dandy Stakes (7f) at Saratoga on August 13, where he would finish last in the field of seven. The winner would be Brazen Brother, with the previously undefeated Marshua’s Dancer taking the place. Like Bold Reasoning, Brazen Brother was also sired by Boldnesian, and the colt was in good form, having equaled the track record for seven furlongs (1:21 4/5) at Saratoga the week prior.

“Jacinto Vasquez, explaining the dismal showing of Bold Reasoning, said, “He got tired early. He did not like the track, and he did not level off as he usually does.” – Joe Nichols (The New York Times, 08/14/1971)

Bold Reasoning - Jim Dandy chart (NYT 1971.08.14)

MAY 1972
After an extended absence, Bold Reasoning would return to the track in a six furlong allowance at Belmont Park on May 15. He would show no rust from his time off, defeating Wildcat Country (typo of his name in chart below) by four lengths in a track record time of 1:08 4/5.

Bold Reasoning - 1972.05.15 AQU chart (NYT 1972.05.16)

Bold Reasoning’s second start of 1972 would be the Metropolitan Handicap (1 mi.) at Belmont Park on May 29. While Jacinto Vasquez would claim during the summer of 1971 that Bold Reasoning was better than Executioner, the colt by The Axe would get Bold Reasoning’s number in the Met Mile, defeating him by a neck in 1:35 2/5. Canonero II, who had finished second in the Carter Handicap on May 20 after having been out of commission since his fourth place finish in the Belmont Stakes, would finish eighth in the field of eleven.

Bold Reasoning - Met headline (Chicago Tribune 1972.05.30)
JUNE 1972
In what would ultimately be the final start of his career, Bold Reasoning would finish fifth in a 1 1/16 mile allowance at Belmont Park on June 10. Native Royalty, Peace Corps, and Pass Catcher would round out the trifecta.

Bold Reasoning - 1972.06.10 BEL chart (NYT 1972.06.11)

IN THE STUD
Sold to Nelson Bunker Hunt for $600,000, Bold Reasoning was retired to Claiborne Farm for stallion duties and began his stud career in early 1973, with his first foals arriving in 1974. He would unexpectedly pass away in on April 24, 1975, having sired only three crops at stud.

“He was covering a mare, fell off, and broke his pelvis,” [Seth] Hancock informed. “The impaction of his guts caused the colic. In getting up and down, the cracked pelvis had severed a little blood vessel. One of his legs filled with blood.” – Gerald Strine (The Washington Post, 05/01/1977)

While much has already been said about Bold Reasoning’s career at stud in other sources, briefly: he would sire 64 foals, with 51 starters (80%), 48 winners (75%), and 10 black type winners (16%) for total earnings of $3,726,909. His progeny would include two champions (Seattle Slew and Super Concorde), who would both go on to be successful sires and sires-of-sires.

Bold Reasoning - PHOTO (NYT 1972.05.29)

Photo: Paul Schafer/NYRA as published in The New York Times, 05/29/1972.

Bold Reasoning - DRF 05.02.1972

Bold Reasoning
Photo: Daily Racing Form, 05/02/1972.