Memories of Dual Champion Kauai King
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Mon 13/05/2013 - 05:04 EDT
Each spring as the new thoroughbred horseracing season begins, it’s likely that the thoughts of many Maryland racing fans turn to Kauai King, and how close the native son came […]
Each spring as the new thoroughbred horseracing season begins, it’s likely that the thoughts of many Maryland racing fans turn to Kauai King, and how close the native son came to Triple Crown history. Still the only official Maryland-bred winner of the Kentucky Derby (Dancer’s Image won in 1968 but was disqualified in a decision that still sparks controversy), Kauai King claimed victory in both the 1966 Derby and Preakness Stakes, but faltered in the Belmont.
1966 Kentucky Derby Champion hits rare double
The son of Native Dancer entered the 1966 Derby on a hot steak, having won three previous races, including the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream in Florida. Going off as the slight Derby favorite, Kauai King shot to the lead right out of the gate, and then improbably led the field wire-to-wire to claim an eventual ½-length victory. For jockey Don Brumfield, the Derby win completed a rare double, as she had won the Kentucky Oaks for fillies the day before.
Belmont disappointment ends Triple Crown Dream
In the Preakness, Brumfield changed tactics, sitting comfortably alone in second for most of the race, moving past the leader Stupendous at the top of the stretch before cruising home in a then race-record time of 1:55.2. The win had many Marylanders dreaming of Triple Crown glory, but it was not to be. Although Kauai King was on the Belmont lead coming out of the final turn, he faded in the stretch to finish fourth, beaten 11 lengths. He would go on to race once more, but was injured in the Arlington Classic, and retired to stud. Fantastic memories indeed.
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