Golden Anniversary: ‘The Healer’ Behind ’63 Derby/Belmont Winner Chateaugay
The 2013 Triple Crown not only marked the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's memorable performances as he marched to glory in 1973, it also was notable for also being 35 years since Affirmed and Alydar dueled through the three classic races.
One other important, although not as well-known, observance was that it also marked the 50th anniversary of Chateaugay's Kentucky Derby – Belmont Stakes double. What makes this feat noteworthy was that had the chestnut colt not had throat surgery as a 2-year-old, he may never have made it to the races in the first place.
Bernard F. Brennan V.M.D., a longtime friend of Darby Dan Farm's trainer, James P. Conway, performed a sacculectomy, now commonly called ventriculectomy, on Chateaugay to improve the colt's breathing. Now considered a minor operation, it was one of the few performed at the time, and the first one ever done on a future classic winner.
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