Feb. 3, 1989: Apprentice jockey Nate Hubbard hung on for second literally when his horse, Sweetwater Oak, stumbled near the finish line at Golden Gate Fields and flipped the rider out of his saddle. As he tumbled forward, Hubbard grabbed on to the filly’s neck and hung in mid-air until the race was over. The track stewards ruled it an official finish because Hubbards feet never touched the ground and Sweetwater Oak carried her assigned weight throughout the race.
It is simply NOT the kind of Win Photo a race horse owner or trainer wants in their album…but there it is. RFR Silver Crescent, head up, nostrils flared, mane flying and silver tail streaming out behind, galloping across the finish line at Mt. Pleasant Meadows Race Track…without his jockey!
War Admiral stumbled at the start of the Belmont Stakes, and tore off a piece of his front hoof. Despite this, he won by 3 lengths, and set a new track record of 2:28 1/5, a fifth faster than his sire, Man o'War. ~ Photo: NYRA
Anyone not know Snowman's story? An Amish country, PA, plowhorse was on a van to the slaughterhouse after failing to sell at a cheap horse auction. Harry de Leyer, there to pick up a hack for student lessons, arrived late; missing the sale. Noticing the 8 year old gray, Harry bought him for $80. Snowman was a lesson horse until Harry saw he could jump and started training. Two years from a plow - and death - Snowman was in Madison Square Garden and won the 1958 open show jumping Triple…