This jester still remembers Secretariat who became the Athlete of the Year in 1973. That was three years before Caitlyn was man/athlete of the year. The halcyon 1970’s produced the last three Triple Crown winners (Secretariat, Seattle Slew & Affirmed). The last 37 years we have had 13 close calls (Big Brown who could not finish at Belmont due to injury & I’ll Have Another was scrathed due to injury); let’s hold our breath on Saturday and wager on American Pharoah. Its time for some new racing royalty.
All day long, all across the land people were rooting for history. Today, 7-June-2014, California Chrome history was NOT made as the thoroughbred racehorse missed out by taking 4th, losing the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes prize races) to TONALIST. The colt missed out being the twelfth Triple Crown winner in horse racing history. The previous Triple Crown winner was Affirmed, 36 years ago! Clearly, our generation must wait a bit longer.
So Stanczyk being a genealogist was wondering what is California Chrome’s family tree. To answer that question, you can query a database (http://www.pedigreequery.com/california+chrome).
It should be no surprise that this colt is a champion winning two of three legs of the Crown. His 2x great-grandfather was Seattle Slew and 3x great-grandfather was Secretariat. So why was this horse viewed as a working class horse with such a royal bloodline?
|1919||Sir Barton||Johnny Loftus||H. Guy Bedwell|
|1930||Gallant Fox||Earl Sande||Jim Fitzsimmons|
|1935||Omaha||Willie Saunders||Jim Fitzsimmons|
|1937||War Admiral||Charley Kurtsinger||George H. Conway|
|1941||Whirlaway||Eddie Arcaro||Ben A. Jones|
|1943||Count Fleet||Johnny Longden||Don Cameron|
|1946||Assault||Warren Mehrtens||Max Hirsch|
|1948||Citation||Eddie Arcaro||Horace A. Jones|
|1973||Secretariat||Ron Turcotte||Lucien Laurin|
|1977||Seattle Slew||Jean Cruguet||William H. Turner, Jr.|
|1978||Affirmed||Steve Cauthen||Laz Barrera|