(Volunteering in my son’s classroom yesterday) Me: “So what are you going to be for Halloween?” 5yo friend: “A jockey!” Me: “Wow! How do you know what a jockey is?” 5yo friend: “I watch the races at Saratoga, like, every day.”
1969-1995 Raced from 1972 - 1977 Thoroughbred Gelding - United States
the recent defeat of American Pharoah by Keen Ice in the Travers, this
is a horse I’ve seen named on several occasions. So I have decided to
feature him! :D
I cannot find any record as to how Onion got his name.
started his career in the bottom rungs of the racing world, competing
in low-grade non stakes races. However, eventually one of his races at
Saratoga convinced his owner to enter him in something greater when he
broke the track record for six furlongs.
He entered into the
Whitney Handicap, which already brimming with top horses including the
great Secretariat who was taking on older horses for the first time.
Despite having some sub-par workouts leading up the to the race,
Secretariat entered into the starting gate along with Onion. The gates
opened, and Onion took the lead and never looked back.
attempted to take the lead but Onion pulled away to win by a length.
After the race it turned out Secretariat was running a low grade fever.
Even Onion’s jockey claimed that Onion was never on the same level as
the Triple Crown winner, and he just got lucky that the champ had a bad
day, and his horse had a better day and loved the Saratoga track.
would face Onion a second time in the Marlboro Cup Invitation, where
this time he soundly beat him and all the other rivals while setting a
new record. Onion finished fourth in that race. He would never win
another stakes race after the Whitney, and his remaining career fell
into the claiming ranks where he dealt with on and off injuries.
He was retired from racing in 1977 and lived happily on his owner’s farm until his death in 1995.
Sire: Third Martini Dam: With a Flair (by Beau Gar)
Breeder: Hobeau Farm Owners: Hobeau Farm Trainers: H. Allen Jerkens