It is not uncommon for all of you with OTTB's to have this guy pop up somewhere. He was a racing machine and also great in the breeding shed as well. If you are curious, keep on reading!
Born in 1963 and bred by Ogden Phipps, the young bay colt came from royalty. Sired by Tom Fool (Horse of the Year over Native Dancer) and out of a distance mare (Busanda), he was bred to make history. He inherited his sire's speed, but also had the heart and guts of his mother and was able to win in longer races such as the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Travers Stakes.
|Love his face in this picture|
|Saratoga Stakes win.|
As far as his progeny go, he sired five champions. They could compete on either dirt or turf and usually got better as the distances got longer. But mostly, he was a great sire of fillies, who then turned around and become wonderful broodmares. They have produced some of the greatest horses to ever hit the track. Two were broodmare of the year. He later died of a ruptured aorta on March 6, 1978 at the young age of 15.
|Cute older man version!|
|Not the best picture of Bacon. I will have to retake one!|