CHAM­PI­ONS OF THE VEDETTE DI­VI­SION

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St. Simon, 1881,881 is one of the great­est flat­track rac­ers of all time and the pro­gen­i­tor of a great “stayer” fam­ily. He is in­bred sev­eral times to Eclipse through his sire Galopin but traces more than two dozen times to Herod through his dam, St. An­gela. Un­beaten in 10 ca­reer starts, he raced at ev­ery dis­tance from six fur­longs to 2 5/8 miles, never re­ally ex­tend­ing him­self. He won the As­cot Gold Cup (two and a half miles) by 20 lengths, with so much en­ergy at the end of the race that he gal­loped an­other mile be­fore con­sent­ing to be pulled up. Cham­pion sire nine times in Europe, he left an enor­mous num­ber of cham­pion descen­dants and lived to the age of 27. Note the flexed fore­limbs; of­ten called “over at the knee con­for­ma­tion,” this de­for­mity is not con­for­ma­tional, con­gen­i­tal or in­her­i­ta­ble but rather due to an in­jury rather com­mon in race­horses, strain of the check lig­a­ments. St. Simon stood 16 hands, 1 inch and has beau­ti­ful con­for­ma­tion, ex­actly what one should look for in a Thor­ough­bred—if, that is, your pur­pose for the horse in­volves any­thing ex­cept rac­ing at dis­tances of less than one mile. St. Simon was known for be­ing “high strung” and was said to be ag­gres­sive and danger­ous when cov­er­ing mares; but with­out that “look of ea­gles” that is so ev­i­dent in this photo, even the best-con­formed horse may not be a win­ner. A cham­pion race­horse must have the at­ti­tude that it of­fends him to be passed.

VEDETTE

ST. SIMON

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