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Blessbull

Blessbull (1951 -) was a thoroughbred race horse, the son of Bless Me by Edabull. He was owned by Maurice Sims of Brockton, Massachusetts and raced out of Bull Dog Stables.[1] On September 6, 1956 Blessbull tied the course record for one mile in the feature race at Belmont Park. In 60 career starts Blessbull had 18 wins, places, and shows and total earnings of $141,950.[2]

1955 - 1956 stats and milestones

A five-year-old gelding, he covered the distance in 1:34 4/5 to win the Fresh Meadows Classified Handicap.[3] Blessbull won the $21,700 Inaugural Handicap at Hialeah Park on January 17, 1955. Coming off a second place run at Tropical Park in Miami, Florida, the thoroughbred was ridden by Jack Skelly. The victory was worth $16,125 and his payoff was $25.20 for $2. [1]

Under the guidance of jockey Willie Lester, the thoroughbred achieved victory in the October 20, 1956 Jamaica, New York $29,350 Queens County, New York Handicap. He took 1:42 to place first over the mile and 1/16 track, to establish a track record. Bold Ruler won the Queens County Handicap in 1957, the year he won both the Flamingo Stakes and the Wood Memorial Stakes.[4] In thirteen 1956 starts Blessbull won $28,425.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blessbull Takes Hialeah Inaugural in Track Record Time, New York Times, January 18, 1955, pg. 33.
  2. Blessbull Career Stats, Thoroughbred Database, retrieved on April 20, 2010.
  3. Blessbull Ties Belmont Mile Record in Feature, New York Times, September 7, 1956, pg. 20.
  4. New York Racing Association, Queens County Handicap Records, www.NYRA.com, retrieved on April 20, 2010.
  5. Blessbull Clips Jamaica Record, New York Times, October 21, 1956, pg. 205.

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