A long time ago I read am article about the Sire of five time HOY Kelso (a thread of his own, later) and
I remembering tearing up.
He was born in 1947 and an injury in his early months left him with a a sort of twist in his neck. He also had
had one eye higher on his head than the other.
The news writers called him the freak, and he had several other unflattering nicknames. Poor thing.
What stayed with me most was the fact that despite many shortcomings , being runtyand awkward so they say and having gotten through.
illness he earned almost $400,000.00 and this was in the early 1950's.
The most emotional part of his story was his final race where it is said he may have clipped heels and he broke down he was in agony and his jockey put his head on him , sobbing . What a sad sight it must have been.
He was to be put down , but instead LLoyd's of London , the insurer purchased him , sent him to a farm where he was nursed
back to health , I believe it was a long haul and he never was fully sound , however what a wonderful legacy and
gift he gave to us in the champion Kelso.
My apology for not having all the names of the connections , but I will look them up tomorrow.
If anyone has any old photo's around of this tough little guy and would like to share , that would be great.
Of course to compare with his son would be super.