On the Colin's Ghost blog, guest poster T.J. Connick tells the story of Jack Atkin, a remarkable Thoroughbred who ran over a century ago:
“Named for a bookmaker, Jack Atkin carried owner Barney Schreiber's purple, orange sleeves, and red cap to victory at 23 race tracks in three countries. Feared in sprint races, he was believed invincible without heavy weight assignments from the handicapper. He also ran 38 races at distances from a mile to a mile-and-a-quarter, in which he recorded 9 wins, 12 seconds, and 8 thirds.”
“Regarded as a serious contender for the prestigious New York Futurity and the Kentucky Derby before injury kept him from both events, he was the nation's top purse winner among five-year-olds and up in 1909 and 1910.”
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