Thought it was time to brighten up the blog, add a little historic charm to place, and all that.
The layout has changed only a little, but the header is now Churchill Downs from 1929, the year that Clyde Van Dusen (by Man o’ War) won the Kentucky Derby in the mud from Naishapur and Panchio, with favored Blue Larkspur fourth.
This photo is very appealing to me because it shows the clean lines of the original grandstand design. The horizontal sweep of the stands emphasized the massive Derby day crowd and was interrupted only by the twin spires reaching heavenward.
It’s a great look, unfortunately much more aesthetically pleasing than the present conglomeration.
Clyde Van Dusen won by two lengths in the wretchedly slow time of 2:10.80. The field was at the post for 13 minutes, according to the official chart, and the start was “good and slow.”
Although Clyde Van Dusen was a good racehorse, winning 11 of 27 starts at 2 and 3, with 10 more in the money, he must have come up with some physical issues. The chestnut gelding (and one of the few by his sire) out of Uncle’s Lassie, by Uncle, won only a single race from 15 starts after his 3yo season.
The chart lists Clyde Van Dusen as starting out of post 20, and the only horse outside him was Blue Larkspur.