Carry Back was a perennial crowd favorite. He was a strong horse whose lack of pedigree never stood in the way, and he kept fans on the edge of their seats with his habit of surging to the front late in the race.
In his first season Carry Back won the Cowdin, Remsen, and Garden State Stakes. His best season came at 3. Carry Back won the Everglades, Flamingo, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Jerome, and Trenton Handicap. He closed the year with championship honors. At four Carry Back defeated champion Kelso with record times in the Metropolitan and Monmouth Handicaps, and won the Whitney under 130 pounds.
After a season at stud Carry Back returned to win the Trenton for a second time at age 5. When he retired, only three other horses had larger purse earnings.
Carry Back was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1975.
Carry Back in the 1962 Whitney Stakes