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May 28, 1973

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

May 20, 1974

Set to go at Pimlico

Cannonade, fresh from the Derby, is on target for the Preakness

Oct 12, 1970

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

Sep 01, 1975

Hopeful end to a socko Spa season

Attendance, betting—and truant horses—were all up at Saratoga

Jun 12, 1972

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

Oct 08, 1973

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

Sep 02, 1974

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

Apr 05, 1971

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

Feb 07, 1972

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

Feb 19, 1973

The bald fact is he's on top

Easterners question the talent of Charlie Whittingham, yet...

May 06, 1974

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

Jul 06, 1970

Playing the cinco-seis in San Juan

Off-track betting may be poison here, but it works in Puerto Rico

May 26, 1975

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

Jun 14, 1971

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

May 15, 1972

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

Sep 03, 1973

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

Aug 19, 1974

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

Mar 15, 1971

SON OF THE AXE CHOPS 'EM

He had not raced since January, but when Executioner was sent to the post in the Flamingo Stakes he was sharp enough to win it big