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Arts and Letters

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Arts and Letters
Arts and Letters, Braulio Baeza up (NMR)
Arts and Letters
Induction Year: 
1994
Foaled: 
1966
Breeder: 
Paul Mellon
Owner: 
Rokeby Stable
Trainer: 
J. Elliot Burch
Sire: 
Ribot
Dam: 
All Beautiful
Damsire: 
Battlefield
Career Years: 
1968-1970
Starts: 
23
First: 
11
Second: 
6
Third: 
1
Earnings: 
$632,404.00

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Bio

Bred in Virginia by Paul Mellon and trained by Elliot Burch, Arts and Letters enjoyed a magical season in 1969, winning several of the most prestigious races in America.

 

Although he finished second to Majestic Prince in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes that year, Arts and Letters avenged those defeats by thwarting his rival’s Triple Crown bid by winning the Belmont Stakes by 5½ lengths.

 

By the time of his Belmont victory, Arts and Letters was a thriving. Prior to the Belmont, Arts and Letters easily won the Metropolitan Handicap and was rounding into top form. Later that summer, at Saratoga, Arts and Letters crushed the field by 10 lengths in the Jim Dandy Stakes before winning the 100th running of the Travers Stakes by 6½ lengths.

 

Following the Travers, Arts and Letters defeated top handicapper Nodouble by two lengths in the Woodward Stakes and stretched his win streak to six with a 14-length romp in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Arts and Letters finished 1969 with a record of 8-5-1 from 13 starts and earnings of $555,604.

 

Arts and Letters won the Grey Lag Handicap as a 4-year-old, but pulled a suspensory ligament in his left front ankle during the Californian Handicap. The injury ended his career.

 

Retired to Greentree Stud, Arts and Letters sired Preakness Stakes winner Codex and Winter’s Tale, a two-time winner of the Suburban and Nassau County handicaps.

 

Arts and Letters died at Greentree in 1998 at the age of 32. He is buried on the property, which is now part of Gainesway Farm.

  

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