all in Legends

As part of a tribute to Horatio A. Luro following the death of the Hall of Fame trainer on Dec. 16, 1991, Joseph Durso wrote in The New York Times: “The style in Luro’s manner was obvious to all. He looked like Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and sounded like Maurice Chevalier, and he could sweep you off your feet with his wit and gallantry. He was the Grand Senor.”

From the 1960s through the 1980s, few racing silks were as recognizable and iconic as the silks of Darby Dan Farm. The silks were fairly plain – a fawn-colored shirt with brown sleeves – but it was their simplicity and their regular appearances in the winner’s circle that made them famous.

Throughout the long history of horse racing in the United States, California has produced an abundance of locally bred stars.

Swaps was a record-breaking superstar in the early days of television. Best Pal won more than $5.6 million back in the 1990s. The gritty gelding Lava Man nabbed all of the Golden State’s richest prizes during the 2000s. Fan-favorite California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and two Horse of the Year titles between 2014 and 2016.

Trainer Carl Nafzger was kind enough to allow a reporter to accompany him and Street Sense to the main track at Churchill Downs for a morning gallop a few days before the 2007 Kentucky Derby.

Buckpasser was a real personality —that’s a nice way of putting it. It’s a testament to his talent, if not his tenacity, that the blueblood colt compiled a Hall of Fame career despite his nonchalant and often frustrating attitude toward racing.

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