Only Sure Thing at Saratoga is an Upset
KY (May 24, 2002) Eclipse Press announces the publication of Graveyard
of Champions: Saratogas Fallen Favorites.
o War lost there. So did Secretariat. And so have a host of
other champions who seemed a sure thing. Over the years,
Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, has gained a
reputation as a place where heavy favorites lose with seeming regularity.
The elite late-summer race meeting at the Spa attracts
the best horses in the nation, increasing the chances that a big
horse will be defeated in a major race thus the tracks nickname
the Graveyard of Champions.
Bill Heller traces the history of this phenomenon from the racetracks
beginnings in the 1860s to the present day in Graveyard of Champions:
Saratogas Fallen Favorites. He examines the defeat of champions
such as Hamburg, who went down at 1-3 in the Grand Union Hotel Stakes
in 1897; Gallant Fox, defeated at 1-2 in the 1930 Travers; and Stymies
1947 loss at 2-5 in the Whitney Handicap. He also takes a look at
the upsets of modern-day stars such as Lonesome Glory and Skip Away.
of Champions includes a foreword by Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens.
Dubbed the Giant Killer, he sent out Onion to defeat
Secretariat in the 1973 Whitney Handicap.
Bill Heller has written twelve other books, including Personal Ensign,
Go for Wand, and Forego in the Thoroughbred Legends series. He won
horse racings Eclipse Award for outstanding magazine writing
in 1997. Heller also is a three-time winner of the John Hervey Award
for harness racing magazine writing. He lives in Albany, New York.
Published by Eclipse Press, June 2002.
Photos: 78 b&w photos throughout
Pages: 256; Bound Size: 6 x 9
Retail price: $24.95 Hardcover
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