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Animal
    (May 23, 1933-May 17, 1947)
    Born in Claiborne Farm, Lexington, Kentucky
    Sire: Hard Tack
    Dam: Swing On
    Owner: Charles S. Howard
    Principal Trainer: Tom Smith
    Principal Jockeys: Red Pollard and George Woolf
    Record: 89 races, 33 wins, 15 places, 3 shows
    Career earnings: $437,730
    United States Horse of the Year (1938)
    Inducted into the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame (1958)
    He was undersized and knobby-kneed.
    He repeatedly balked at the techniques of original trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons.
    He failed to win in his first ten races.
    After three undistinguished years, his owners unloaded him for $7,500 to Charles Howard.
    He tied a record by winning seven consecutive stakes races (1937).
    He won the ‘Match of the Century’ against Triple Crown winner War Admiral (November 1, 1938).
    After retiring to stud with a leg injury, he returned to racing at age seven and won the Hundred Grand Santa Anita Handicap (1940).
    He became a symbol of hope to Americans during the Great Depression.

Credit: C. Fishel


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