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Thumbnail image for Jean Cruguet Chantilly, France.jpgMany people new to racing are unfamiliar with the name of Jean Cruguet, and this is a pity.  No, make that a sin.


Every year the oft-times fickle racing community falls in love with a potential Triple Crown Winner.  And every year since 1978, this love affair goes sour when, for whatever reason--the would-be conquerer fails to pass the test.  

Jean Cruguet is my favorite all-time Jockey.  The reasons for this are myriad, not the least of which is that he's a beloved friend, so I know a bit about the inner workings of the man's mind.

But even those who don't know Jean have ample reason to love and respect the man:  in case you're either a newbie to racing or a long-time fan who's lived under a rock for the last 40 years--Jean Cruguet is the only undefeated Triple Crown Jockey.  Of the 11 racing teams that went into the Kentucky Derby in search of the Crown, only Cruguet and his mount (my all-time favorite Thoroughbred), the mighty Seattle Slew, went into the Derby and emerged on the other side of the Belmont, undefeated.

In an era before racing purses (prize money) had reached the stratosphere--Cruguet earned in excess of $51 million for the owners of his mounts.  That's a phenomenal figure:  the purse for the 1977 Kentucky Derby was a mere $227,500.  Cruguet earned that money the old-fashioned way:  by racing his butt off, and more-often-than-not, finishing first.

 

 

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Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga

The Thoroughbred is a distinct, created breed of horse. Saratoga Springs, New York is a unique, pristine city in Upstate New York.

Put the two together, Thoroughbreds and Saratoga, and you have America's most prestigious, lushly beautiful and important racing meet. For six weeks every summer, the world's best horses, jockeys and trainers come together to compete for trophies, cash and fame.

In this blog, we'll discover All Things Thoroughbred and the lovely international community of horsepeople, both professionals and fans, alike who set up camp in this city. Some come for six weeks, only. Others are here from April through November every year, when the Oklahoma's open. Yet others trek to town to race their mighty steeds—then fall in love with the place; buy a home and move here.

The Saratoga racing family of humans and horses is a year-round endeavour. You think that all the horses all go elsewhere after Labor Day? Then this blog is for you, too.

(Is the reference, "the Oklahoma" lost on you? Stay tuned, you'll feel like a pro in no time.)

Welcome to the only experience on Earth that can boast of such otherworldly beauty and heart-stopping thrills, all in the same breath: Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga.