Upsets DO Happen!
|Ron Turcotte headed to the saddling |
enclosure for the 1973 Whitney
Stakes. [image: timesunion.com]
|H. Allen Jerkens|
Onion never did win another stakes race and in his second meeting with Secretariat (inaugural running of the $250,000 Marlboro Cup), the gelding ran a distant fourth to Secretariat's track record of 1:45 2/5 for the 1 1/8 miles. However, it should be noted that when Onion retired in 1977 his earnings topped $243,000. Hardly a couch potato as racehorses go. But like many, he had dropped to the claiming ranks, went through a series of injuries and mixed fortunes...but retired to the same farm where he was foaled: Jack Dreyfus Sr's. Hobeau Farm (in Ocala, Florida), where he died in the fall of 1995. Dreyfus himself seemed to specialize in upsetting more than just races. He virtually invented the mutual fund and took it one step further by directly marketing the investment tool to the public. But on the track, his horses staged a number of coupes, including Prove Out who also handed Secretariat a defeat in the Woodward Stakes; Beau Purple managing the consistent Kelso in the Man o' War Stakes; and Handsome Boy, defeating the favorite, Buckpasser for the Brooklyn Handicap.
Will we finally get another Triple Crown? Well, not if somebody like H. Allen Jerkens has anything to say about it and perhaps here lies the great appeal of this game. Because 'upsets' CAN and DO happen. And the old story turns into a brand new story. Course I haven't picked a Belmont winner in 17 years so don't look for any sagely advice here! Try the Ouija Board.