Buckpasser

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).

Just another day in the office for Tink Trotter

“Tink Trotter donned a mystic robe full of crescents and stars, locked himself in his office with a crystal ball, and communed all morning with the Bowling Green nominations and chart books. . . . “We offered to put a goat in with him,” Bud Hyland said, “but he didn’t think the idea sounded very attractive.” (Daily Racing Form, 06/13/1967)


Tommy “Tink” Trotter would ultimately assign Buckpasser – a horse untried on turf – the Bowling Green Handicap highweight impost of 135 lbs. He would go on to finish 3rd in his first and only attempt on grass, snapping a fifteen race win streak.

The race was won by Poker, carrying 112 lbs. Assagai (127 lbs.) was 2nd.