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The Observer noted yesterday in a response that Belmont Stakes winner Jaipur not only won the 12-furlong classic but also followed that up with a success in the 1962 Travers at Saratoga.
Indeed, Jaipur (1959 brown colt by Nasrullah x Rare Perfume, by Eight Thirty) was one of the premium colts of his crop, both on the track and on pedigree. He won 10 of 19 starts, with six seconds. Among those victories were the Hopeful, Jersey Derby, Gotham, and Withers.
But no serious fan of racing will ever forget Jaipur’s Belmont or Travers. Both were intensely competitive contests, and the colt won each race by a nose.
In the Belmont, Crimson Satan, Admiral’s Voyage, and Jaipur engaged in a furious stretch run. About a furlong out, Crimson Satan swerved, which put him out of the close competition. Then Admiral’s Voyage and Jaipur were head and head to the wire for the final furlong, Jaipur getting the photo by a long nose. (P.S. Admiral’s Voyage gained added importance as a sire with his daughter Pas de Nom, a multiple stakes winner who became the dam of the great sire Danzig.)
The Travers was even more dramatic. Ridan and Jaipur had butted heads before, and both were inclined to set or press the pace in their races. You might conclude that both were a mite headstrong.
Joe Estes wrote that Jaipur and Ridan “went at it hell-for-leather nearly all the way, and at the finish it took the camera to separate them.” A shorter nose victory went to Jaipur, and they “equaled the Saratoga track record of 2:01 3/5 for a mile and a quarter,” Estes noted.
Both colts were big, rugged, grand-looking beasts, with Jaipur dark and nearly black when wet and Ridan a bright red bay.
One would think they were hands-down the picks to be the best sires in this group of 3-year-olds that also included juvenile star Crimson Satan, Preakness winner Greek Money, Kentucky Derby winner Decidedly, and Louisiana Derby winner Admiral’s Voyage. In fact, the best sire turned out to be Sir Gaylord (by Turn-to), unbeaten at 3 and the favorite for the Kentucky Derby until he fractured a sesamoid on the eve of the big race. Eleven years later, his half-brother Secretariat won the race. Talk about irony.
At stud, Jaipur and Ridan were as close as they had been in the Travers. Each produced stakes winners at slightly less than a 10 percent ratio to foals, which made them certainly useful but not great.
Jaipur’s best offspring included Amber Rama (Prix Morny, Prix Robert Papin, King’s Stand Stakes), Forum (Garden State Stakes), Scrimshaw (Bernard Baruch), as well as the full brothers Jaikyl and Pontifex.
Ridan’s best included Bahia Key (Bay Meadows, Tanforan, and Chula Vista handicaps), Favorecidian (John B Campbell Handicap), Spanish Riddle (Hutcheson), as well as the high-class European performers Busiris and Tatami.