The Pimlico Special used to be just that – special. Few American races for older horses can boast such an entertaining history. The Seabiscuit-War Admiral match race. The Citation walkover. The showdown between older champ Stymie and Triple Crown winner Assault. Ancient history, granted, played out in black and white, all grainy, with the men wearing hats and smoking Chesterfields. Then came living color, and the Special glowed, helping make the case for Horse of the Year when it was won by Criminal Type, Cigar, Skip Away, Mineshaft, and Invasor.
In 2014, WinStar Farm’s Revolutionary launched an extended and thrilling rally to register a narrow victory in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) with jockey Mike Smith. Click here to watch the race on YouTube.