BRED IN THE BLUEGRASS
ALTHOUGH HE’S NOT EXACTLY A HOUSEHOLD NAME, DURING THE 1950’S THIS LATE BLOOMER BECAME ONE OF THE ELITE HANDICAP HORSES IN THE UNITED STATES.
In horse racing, there are certain names that come to mind when one thinks of the all-time greats. Unless you are a horse racing authority and/or historian, Bardstown is not one of them. You think of the stars like Secretariat (has to be listed first, right?), the monstrous War Admiral, Seattle Slew, and, the last thoroughbred to capture the Triple Crown, Affirmed. But, for every one of these stars, there are dozens of other horses who have gotten lost in the mix, so to speak, over time. This is the story of one of those horses, a bay gelding by the name of Bardstown, who refused to give up, no matter what the odds.