Before we had blogs, before the Internet, before You Tube and the Olympics broadcast in HDTV, the Wheaties cereal box was where we caught our daily glimpse of primo athletes. I don’t recall that Wheaties ever featured a horse on the cereal box but it should have, after the race Holy Bull ran to win the 1994 Travers Stakes.
He was pressured for more than half a mile early in the race, standing up to a very strong pace. In the final sixteenth he was challenged again all the way to the wire, turning back Concern at the finish by only a neck.
The athletes are outdated. But not my memories of Holy Bull’s Travers. The Saratoga crowd was so fired up over this race that people were talking about the Bull in the streets that night.
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