May 16, 2009

Count Fleet Wins the 1943 Preakness

(Wikipedia) - Count Fleet, (March 24, 1940 - December 3, 1973) Born and died at Stoner Creek Stud farm in Paris, Kentucky, United States, he was a thoroughbred racehorse and Triple Crown champion in 1943. Sired by 1928 Kentucky Derby winner, Reigh Count and out of a mare named Quickly, Count Fleet was owned by the wife of John D. Hertz (1879-1961), best known for the rental car company bearing his name. John Hertz initially did not think much of Count Fleet and contemplated selling him until jockey Johnny Longden convinced him to keep the colt. Continued

Photos: Arthur S. Siegel, OWI/Library of Congress