Derby Winners Have Class: Roster of Many Other American Stakes Include the Names of Successful Derby Horses., Daily Racing Form, 1939-05-08


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.1 J ] . ■ ! 1 DERBY WINNERS HAVE CLASS Roster of Many Other American Stakes Include the Names of Successful Derby Horses. LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 6.— The truest American test for thoroughbred race horses: the Kentucky Derby, a glamorous, colorful mile and one-quarter racing test for three-year-olds held at Churchill Downs each spring. Almost every winner of the Kentucky Derby has proven himself worthy of the honor, going on to win other famous American classics. But some of the Derby winners after becoming turf champions in this country, have looked for new worlds to conquer. Rcigh Count, Derby of 28 and Omaha, winner in 35, achieved still greater distinction in England. However, it was Zev which demonstrated the true greatness of Kentucky Derby winners, so far as they are concerned in comparison with Derby winners of other countries. In 1923 a specially arranged race was held at Belmont Park for three-year-olds over a mile and one half, between Papyrus, an English colt, and Zev. Value of the match was 0,600. Zev had won the Kentucky Derby that year; Papyrus had won the Epsom Derby, better known as the English Derby, the same year. The two got away to a good start, but it was never a contest, the American horse winning easily. The top two-year-old of England last year was Boxbrough II., full brother of Gallant Fox, winner of the 1930 Kentucky Derby. Flares, a brother of the 1935 Derby winner Omaha, was one of the leading three-year-olds there last year, winning the Ascot Cup.

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