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Blue Grass Stakes, 1959

Posted on April 9, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Start of the 35th running of the Blue Grass Stakes, April 23, 1959 at Keeneland in Lexington. Tomy Lee won the $32,550 race by a half a length. In the picture, the bay colt, who went off as the favorite, is the fourth horse from the rail. Nine days later, Bill Shoemaker and his English-bred mount won the Kentucky Derby, becoming only the second non-American bred horse to ever win the Run for the Roses. He did not run in the remaining two Triple Crown races because his trainer said he didn't like to run races too close together, so Tomy Lee went to California to rest. He died in 1971 and is buried at Pillar Stud in Lexington. Lexington Herald file photo

The start of the 35th running of the Blue Grass Stakes, April 23, 1959, at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington. Tomy Lee won the $32,550 race by a half-length. In the picture, the bay colt, who went off as the favorite, is the fourth horse from the rail. Nine days later, Bill Shoemaker and his English-bred mount won the Kentucky Derby, becoming only the second non-American-bred horse to ever win the Run for the Roses. He did not run in the remaining two Triple Crown races because his trainer said he didn’t like to run races too close together, so Tomy Lee went to California to rest. He died in 1971 and is buried at Pillar Stud in Lexington. Read the Sports front page on his Blue Grass victory here and his win in the Kentucky Derby on the front page here. Lexington Herald Archive Photo

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