Hall of Fame, Horses

Dr. Fager
Bay Colt foaled in 1964. Died in 1976. By Rough 'n Tumble-Aspidistra, by Better Self

Breeder:William L. McKnight's Tartan Farms
Owner:William L. McKnight's Tartan Farms
Trainer:John Nerud

Race History

Dr. Fager wins the 1968 Vosburgh
©N.Y.R.A.\Bob Coglianese

Dr. Fager raced from 1966 to 1968; his stiffest competition came from rivals Buckpasser and Damascus.

The highlight of Dr. Fager's first season was his victory in the Cowdin Stakes. At 3 he won the Gotham, Arlington Classic, Hawthorne Gold Cup, and Vosburgh. He was also voted Champion Sprinter. At 4, Dr. Fager carried 134 pounds and lowered the world record for the mile to 1:32 1/5. He also carried 139 pounds and set a track record for the seven furlong Vosburgh, beat Damascus in the Suburban, and defeated Fort Marcy in the United Nations. Dr. Fager was the first horse to be voted Horse of the Year, Champion Handicapper, Champion Grass Horse, and Champion Sprinter in one year, 1968.

Dr. Fager was retired to stud at Tartan Farms until his death in 1976. Named leading sire in 1971, Dr. Fager's offspring include Dearly Precious, Tree of Knowledge, and L'Alezane. Dr. Fager produced 14% stakes winners.

Dr. Fager was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1971.

Dr. Fager wins the United Nations Handicap
©Raftery-Turfotos\The Blood-Horse


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