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War Admiral wins the Preakness...



Item # 584660

May 16, 1937

THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 16, 1937

* War Admiral - horse racing
* Preakness Stakes win (2nd of 3 wins)
* Triple crown winner


This 100+ page Sunday newspaper has a nice banner headline on the front page of the sport's section (inside): "WAR ADMIRAL DEFEATS POMPOON BY HEAD IN PREAKNESS" with subheads and related photos. This was the 2nd of 3 historic wins for the famed horse.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Rag edition, minor creasing, otherwise in very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: War Admiral (1934–1959) was an American thoroughbred racehorse, the offspring of the great thoroughbred Man o' War and the mare Brushup. He inherited his father's fiery temperament and talent, but did not resemble him physically. He was smaller than Man o' War at 15.3 hands, compared to the 16.5-hand (167.6-cm) height of his Sire (16 hands for an average racehorse), with a dark brown coat inherited from his dam. The movie Seabiscuit inaccurately portrayed him at 18 hands. Seabiscuit was actually not that small a horse, at 15.2 hands, almost equal to War Admiral.

War Admiral was born at Faraway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky and was owned by Samuel D. Riddle. After 1936, his regular jockey until retirement was Charles Kurtsinger. War Admiral won 21 of his 26 starts, including the Pimlico Special and the coveted U.S. Triple Crown in 1937, earning him recognition as Horse of the Year.

War Admiral raced in the eastern United States, and in 1938 won eight major races, including the Whitney Handicap and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He is linked forever to the year-older Seabiscuit, who was a son of the Man o' War stallion Hard Tack and was the preeminent horse based in the western U.S. Their famous match race in the 1938 Pimlico Special, which War Admiral lost to Seabiscuit by four lengths, is considered by some to be the best thoroughbred horse race in U.S. history.

Category: The 20th Century

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