Assault

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$675,470
20-1
Trainer
Max Hirsch
Jockey
Warren Mehrtens
Breeder
King Ranch
Sex
Horse
Color
Chestnut
Birthplace
United States
Foal Date
1943
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The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year.  The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships.  The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes.  In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.

Assault Profile

By Vance Hanson

One of only three Triple Crown winners sired by a Kentucky Derby winner, Assault had one of the longer racing careers (42 starts) of the 13 series sweepers. Diagnosed as sterile after his initial retirement at age five, he was returned to training and raced until the age of seven.

Bred and raced by Robert Kleberg’s King Ranch of Texas, Assault captured one stakes at age two. He kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with back-to-back stakes wins, including the Wood Memorial, but finished an even fourth in the Derby Trial just four days before the Kentucky Derby.

Although he had suffered a permanently damaged hoof in a paddock accident as a young horse, Assault rarely let that or other ailments affect him. He won the Kentucky Derby by a record-equaling eight lengths, held on to win the Preakness by a neck, and then captured the Belmont Stakes by a more comfortable margin of three lengths, all in the span of four weeks.

The son of Bold Venture endured a six-race losing streak in the summer and fall of 1946, but bounced back to beat older horses twice and was voted Horse of the Year. He was a top-level 4-year-old, too, winning his first five starts, but lost a match race against the famed gelding Armed by a lopsided eight lengths in the fall of 1947.

Trained by Max Hirsch, Assault won only one more stakes, the 1949 Brooklyn Handicap, before retiring for a second and final time in 1950.

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Stakes Win History

FinishRaceGradeDistanceSurfaceDate
1st Brooklyn Handicap

Aqueduct

1 1/4 Miles Dirt Jul 2, 1949
1st Butler Handicap

Jamaica

1 3/16 Miles Dirt Jul 12, 1947
1st Brooklyn Handicap

Aqueduct

1 1/4 Miles Dirt Jul 21, 1947
1st Suburban Handicap

Belmont

1 1/4 Miles Dirt May 30,1947
1st Dixie Handicap

Pimlico

1 3/16 Miles Dirt May 9, 1947
1st Grey Lag Handicap

Jamaica

1 1/8 Miles Dirt May 3, 1947
1st Westchester Handicap

Jamaica

1 3/16 Miles Dirt Nov 9, 1946
1st Pimlico Special

Pimlico

1 3/16 Miles Dirt Nov 1, 1946
1st Dwyer

Aqueduct

1 1/4 Miles Dirt Jun 15,1946
1st Belmont Stakes

Belmont

1 1/2 Miles Dirt Jun 1, 1946
1st Preakness Stakes

Pimlico

1 3/16 Miles Dirt May 11,1946
1st Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs

1 1/4 Miles Dirt May 4, 1946
1st Wood Memorial

Jamaica

1 1/16 Miles Dirt Apr 20, 1946
1st Expenses Free Handicap

Jamaica

6 F Dirt Apr 9, 1946
1st Flash

Belmont

5 1/2 F Dirt Aug 6,1945

*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win

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