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Published on Oct 20, 2007
Legendary Hall Of Famer Tom Fool handily defeats his lone foe, Combat Boots. Unfortunately, there was no track call available (NSOT).
Owned by Greentree Stables, the bay colt was the son of Menow out of the mare, Gaga. Tom Fool was trained by John M. Gaver, Sr. and ridden by Ted Atkinson. In his first season racing as a two-year-old, he had five wins and two seconds in seven starts, a performance that earned him Champion 2-Year-Old Colt honors for 1951.
Much was expected of Tom Fool in his three-year-old season but after finishing second in the Wood Memorial Stakes, the horse's veterinarian discovered he had been running with a high fever and the illness forced the horse out racing for more than two months. While the 1952 racing season was a difficult one, the horse still managed to win the majority of his races. In 1953, a healthy four-year-old Tom Fool showed his greatness. Undefeated in ten races, he became only the second horse to win New York's Handicap Triple: the Metropolitan, Suburban, and Brooklyn Handicaps. En route to being voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, Tom Fool also won the Whitney Stakes and captured the Pimlico Special in his final race.
Retired to stud, with a career record of 21-7-1 in 30 starts, Tom Fool sired numerous stakes winners including: * Tim Tam - won Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee * Buckpasser - 1966 U.S. Horse of the Year, U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee * Tompion - multiple stakes winner, including Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Travers Stakes in 1960 * Allez Milord - winner of the G1 Preis von Europa and Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes * Bowl Game - 1979 Eclipse Champion Turf Horse, won three Grade I races including the Washington, D.C. International Stakes * Droll Role - won Washington, D.C. International Stakes, Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap, Massachusetts Handicap, Canadian International Stakes
Tom Fool is the damsire of : * The Tin Man - multiple Grade I stakes winner * Forty Niner - 1987 United States Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt * Silverbulletday - 1998 and 1999 United States Champion Filly
Tom Fool is the grandsire of: * Alleged, two-time winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and 1971 European Horse of the Year * April Run - Champion 3 yo Filly of France (1981), Champion Older Female Horse of France (1982), United States Champion Female Turf Horse (1982)
Tom Fool was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1960 and in the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, he was ranked #11.