Assault is a horse that probably never should have been a champion. As a weanling, Assault stepped on a surveyor’s stake, driving it through his front right hoof. The hoof was permanently damaged and Assault developed a limp. This injury provided the source of his future nickname, “The Club Footed Comet” but did not stop him from winning (there was no sign of the limp when he galloped).

Assault won the Kentucky Derby by eight lengths and was the favorite for the Preakness. The second leg of the Triple Crown did not go as smoothly for him; caught in traffic early on in the race, jockey Warren Mehrtens made his bid early and Assault tired in the stretch and was almost caught by Lord Boswell.

Horse and jockey redeemed themselves at the Belmont. After stumbling at the start and then trailing the field for most of the race, Assault made a huge run in the stretch and won by three lengths.

Assault was found to be sterile when he was retired to stud (although he did manage to impregnate a few Quarter horse mares, with whom he shared a pasture). He was raced until he was seven and then retired to King Ranch.

  via Count Fleet | EQUINE Ink

Assault is a horse that probably never should have been a champion. As a weanling, Assault stepped on a surveyor’s stake, driving it through his front right hoof. The hoof was permanently damaged and Assault developed a limp. This injury provided the source of his future nickname, “The Club Footed Comet” but did not stop him from winning (there was no sign of the limp when he galloped).

Assault won the Kentucky Derby by eight lengths and was the favorite for the Preakness. The second leg of the Triple Crown did not go as smoothly for him; caught in traffic early on in the race, jockey Warren Mehrtens made his bid early and Assault tired in the stretch and was almost caught by Lord Boswell.

Horse and jockey redeemed themselves at the Belmont. After stumbling at the start and then trailing the field for most of the race, Assault made a huge run in the stretch and won by three lengths.

Assault was found to be sterile when he was retired to stud (although he did manage to impregnate a few Quarter horse mares, with whom he shared a pasture). He was raced until he was seven and then retired to King Ranch.

via Count Fleet | EQUINE Ink