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Animal
    (April 29, 2003-January 29, 2007)
    Born in Lael Stables, West Grove, Pennsylvania
    Sire: Dynaformer
    Dam: La Ville Rouge
    Owners: Gretchen and Roy Jackson
    Trainer: Michael Matz
    Jockeys: Edgar Prado and Jose Caraballo
    Won all six races that he finished
    Career earnings of $2,302,200
    Won the 2006 Kentucky Derby
    Broke his right hind leg in three places during the Preakness Stakes
    He false started at the Preakness, crashing through the starting gate prematurely.
    The false start may have contributed to his injury.
    He was named ‘Sportshuman of the Year’ at the Deadspin sports website, despite allegations of online voting irregularities (2006).
    He inspired a web page of poems.
    He is allegedly the victim of the 'William Penn curse' affecting Philadelphia-area sports figures.
    He won the Kentucky Derby by six and a half lengths, the largest margin since Triple-Crown winner Affirmed in 1946.
    He won the Derby despite a five-week layoff.
    Before suffering his broken leg, he was in a better position at the Preakness than he had been at the Kentucky Derby.
    After his injury, he became an object of public affection unlike any previous horse.
    The bones in his hind right leg successfully fused.
    He was euthanized after he developed an abscess on his right hind leg and laminitis in his other three legs, making it impossible to stand without pain.

Credit: C. Fishel


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