Crusader with Earl Sande up
Crusader was said to be the foal that most closely resembled his sire, Man o'War. Aside from their physical similarities, others claimed Crusader was actually the better runner because he stepped out of his class to defeat older horses in the Suburban.
In his best season at 3, Crusader won the Suburban and then a week later defeated Espino, Haste, and Display in the Belmont Stakes. He then set track records in the Dwyer and the Cincinnati Derby, and won the Huron Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup, among others. Crusader was named Horse of the Year at season's end. At 4 Crusader was the first horse to win consecutive runnings of the Suburban Handicap, a feat matched by only one other horse, Devil His Due. Unfortunately, Crusader was kicked at the post in his next race, the Brooklyn. He never regained his earlier form.
Crusader was retired to Col. Phil T. Chinn's Himyar Stud following his fourth season. Despite his stellar racing career, excellent lineage, and striking good looks, he did not repeat the success of his sire while at stud.
Crusader was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1995.
Crusader sets a track record in the 1926 Dwyer Stakes