He's not a thoroughbred, but the champion Standardbred trotter Greyhound is one of my favorites, and I salute him in this tribute.
Greyhound, foaled in 1932, was sold as a gelded yearling to trainer Sep Palin for only $900, despite that his sire was the noted stallion Guy Abbey. A gawky youngster, he grew to 16.2 hands by the time he was two years old. His initial training and early races never hinted of his potential greatness, but Greyhound proved that this was all deceiving.
Under Sep's care, the big gelding developed into an amazing trotter with a 23 foot stride, speed to burn at up to 25 miles per hour and was nearly always in the winners circle. His style was to gun out in front and stay there til the finish line, breaking record after record, many still untouched.
One of the Grey Ghost's biggest wins was the 1935 Hamiltonian.
Greyhound retired in 1940 and his owner, Col. Baker, allowed visitors to the Baker Farm to view the champion through a plate glass window as he lived the life of a pampered and content retiree. He remained in good health up to his death in February 1965 when he died of old age at 33, and is buried at the Baker Farm horse cemetery in Maple Park, Illinois.