Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gato Del Sol "Gray Cat Of The Sun"

Up next is another of my personal favorite Kentucky Derby winners! Unlike the great front running speed victory of "Spend A Buck" in the 1985 Derby. The gray "Gato Del Sol" came from dead last in the field of 19 runners. To take the lead one eighth of a mile from the finish line, to win the 1982 Kentucky Derby. Confidently ridden by "Hall of Fame" jockey Eddie Delahoussaye. Gato Del Sol which is Spanish for "Cat of the Sun" was allowed to settle and relax behind the large field at Churchill Downs. Gato Del Sol also had the almost impossible task of winning the 1 1/4 race from the 19th post position.  Eddie Delahoussaye would articulate a massive rally down the backstretch run at Churchill Downs. Bringing Gato Del Sol into contention reaching the 1/4 mile pole. In the run to the finish line. Gato Del Sol would turn away any challengers to pull away and win the Derby by 2 1/2 lengths and pay $44.40 for a $2 win bet. Gato Del Sol's come from behind victory. Will remain one of the best in the history of the Kentucky Derby!

Eddie Delahoussaye will also be featured on this blog. In the best jockey section!  

Gato Del Sol
SireCougar II
GrandsireTale of Two Cities
FoaledFebruary 23, 1979
CountryUnited States
BreederArthur B. Hancock III & Leone J. Peters
OwnerArthur B. Hancock III & Leone J. Peters
Trainer1) Edwin J. Gregson
2) Charles E. Whittingham
3) Howard M. Tesher
Record39: 7-9-7
Major wins
American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1982)

video; Gato Del Sol 1982 Kentucky Derby Victory;

1 comment:

Peter said...

Still one of the biggest upsets in recent memory. I was so disappointed in that race...