All Whitney Tower Stories
FLYING HIGH AND HEADING FOR FAME
In a mood to rout any opposition, Secretariat rolled around the field to win a memorable Preakness. At his next stop, a crown awaits
Set to go at Pimlico
Cannonade, fresh from the Derby, is on target for the Preakness
ONE HEAD THAT COST A CROWN
By just that margin—and because he took the short way home—France's Sassafras deposed Nijinsky, the reigning thoroughbred of Europe, in the most demanding event that horse racing has to offer
Hopeful end to a socko Spa season
Attendance, betting—and truant horses—were all up at Saratoga
Deep in the heart of...
Texan Bob Kleberg and thousands of fans is affection for Canonero, the wonder horse (above), though he seems not so wonderful anymore
The bald fact is he's on top
Easterners question the talent of Charlie Whittingham, yet...
This man is dangerous!
As Secretariat's fans well know, Trainer Allen Jerkens, first with Onion, now with Prove Out, is making a career of wrecking the choochoo train
She's just like one of the boys
An undefeated 2-year-old filly named Ruffian won the prestigious Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga so convincingly that excited racegoers are now comparing her to Secretariat
THEY'RE ALL RUNNING AFTER THE FLAG
Everybody's favorite for the Kentucky Derby is Hoist The Flag, but the other colts keep trying, running, winning and hoping
Lord, what have we done?
That's what the fusty British racing Establishment wondered when the government appointed a mover and shaker to bring new life to the sport
DOUBLE-BARRELED DERBY THREAT
After a long season of trading triumphs, the army of colts headed for the Kentucky Derby has narrowed to a couple of dozen. Favored are two come-from-behind stars trained by the same man
Playing the cinco-seis in San Juan
Off-track betting may be poison here, but it works in Puerto Rico
DERBY MASTERS THE PREAKNESS
The bettors didn't like him, but a solid colt named Master Derby refuted his 23-to-1 odds by upsetting Foolish Pleasure
THE HAPPY STORY ENDS
Canonero's heartwarming quest for the Triple Crown ended sadly when he finished a disappointing fourth to Pass Catcher in the Belmont
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
But they couldn't, as the favorite, Riva Ridge, led the herd of horses in the Kentucky Derby round the circle in a dizzying wire-to-wire performance, the likes of which has not been seen in years
JOURNEY INTO A SECRET LAND
Any tourist can go racing at the Moscow Hippodrome. It can be a pleasant afternoon with small crowds, 17 races on a program and all the cognac and caviar one could want. What takes more doing is getting to the grass roots of Russia's thoroughbred industry—visiting the country's studs. Sports Illustrated's horse racing editor is the only American journalist who has been invited to tour the breeding farms in the foothills of the Caucasus from which the Soviets hope a runner of international stature may someday emerge. The following is a diary of the trip.
The Hopeful goes to an unlikely winner
In a year of the vanishing 2-year-olds, undistinguished Gusty O'Shay, who just three months earlier could have been claimed for $5,000, went off at 9 to 1 and led all the way to top a field of seven at Saratoga Spa
Evert in a losing effort
Despite being beaten by another filly, Quaze Quilt, in the Alabama, Carl Rosen's Triple Crown heroine may take on the colts in the Travers