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Fast Horses of Marion County

Timeline 1970 to 1979

1970

  • High Echelon of Ocala wins Belmont Stakes.

1971

  • Calder Race Course opens.

1972

  • Florida Breeders Sales Association has eight voting members.
  • John A. Neurd, trainer and breeder at Tartan Farms, inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  • Neurd trained 27 stakes winners and five champions including Dr. Fager, the only horse to win four championships in one year.
  • Billionaire George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees and a global shipping business, buys farm property in Ocala and begins raising racehorses.

1974

  • Joe O'Farrell splits with the Florida Breeders' Sales Co. after 16 years.
  • Starts a rival sales company, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company.

1975

  • Foolish Pleasure of Ocala wins Kentucky Derby.
  • Fred W. Hooper of Ocala named outstanding breeder
    - top horses include Susan's Girl, Precisionist, Crozier, and Copelan.

1978

  • Affirmed, born at Harbor View Farm in Ocala, wins the Triple Crown.
  • No horse was won it since then. Only 11 horses have ever swept the Triple Crown.
  • Affirmed earned nearly $2.4 million in his racing career.
  • Ranks 12th among top Florida-bred horses as of Dec. 31, 2002.

Ocala Thorougbred History
Ocala horse farm
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