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Dr. Fager


Pedigree: Rough'n Tumble - Aspidistra (Better Self)

Owner: Tartan Stable

Trainer: John Nerud


Earnings: $1,002,642

Lifetime Record: 22:18-2-1

ON SALE for $17.95  

Horse racing legend Series on side


Back: 1968 Horse of the Year


DR. Fager is listed as #6 of the TOP 100 THOROUGHBRED RACE HORSES OF ALL TIME!

He is the only horse to hold 4 TITLES in one year. IN 1968, He was named American Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter, Champion Handicap Horse and Co-Champion Turf Horse.

Trained by Hall of Famer John Nerud, he was named for the Boston brain surgeon Dr. Charles Fager, who saved Nerud's life with two operations after Nerud suffered a serious fall from his pony.

Dr. Fager raced 22 times, winning 18 races, with two places and one show. His only out-of-the-money finish was as a result of a disqualification in the Jersey Derby, in which he finished first. Only three horses ever finished in front of Dr. Fager: Champion juvenile Successor, Horse of the Year Damascus, and Horse of the Year Buckpasser.
Dr. Fager set the world record at 1 mile on any surface: 1:32 1/5, achieved on August 24, 1968 when he ran in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park under 134 pounds. The record still stands for dirt surface racing.

Major Wins include:

Cowdin Stakes (1966)
Withers Stakes (1967)
Hawthorne Gold Cup (1967)
Gotham Stakes (1967)
Arlington Classic (1967)
Vosburgh Stakes (1967, 1968)
Suburban Handicap (1968)
Californian Stakes (1968)
Roseben Handicap (1968)
United Nations Handicap (1968)
Brooklyn Handicap (1968)
Whitney Handicap (1968)
Washington Park Handicap (1968)

Dr. Fager is is the 4th horse in our Horse Racing Legends Series with Aristides, Sir Barton and Regret.