I got interested in racing about the time Bald Eagle was considered the best horse in the country. Therefore I missed seeing Native Dancer by a few years. My uncle used to rave about him and considered him, next to Man O’ War, the best of all time. He told me he was physically ill the day after the horse lost the Derby.
One year, for his birthday, I bought him a print of Native Dancer by Allen Brewer. I later purchased one for myself as well.
In 1966 the now defunct magazine, the Thoroughbred Calendar, printed a list of the current foal crop at Sagamore with their names. I became fascinated with the imagination and wit that went into Alfred Vanderbilt’s naming schema. I came to consider it an art form. A few years ago I was able to access the names of all the horses bred by Vanderbilt back to 1973. I am still trying to locate the horses he bred (with names) prior to that time. Any suggestions?
Anyhow, the horses legacy has certainly bred on. Along with Man O’ War the two have been the most influential thoroughbred of all time. i guess my uncle was right.
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