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  • Birth 29 Apr 1953 Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
  • Death 15 Oct 1984 Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Garden of Champions
  • Memorial ID 40106412

Champion Race Horse. Born on the Dudley and Bonnie Heath Farms, he was the grandson of 1944 Kentucky Derby winner, Pensive and son of 1949 Kentucky Derby winner, Ponder. He began racing at age two, winning six of ten starts, including the Hopeful Stakes, Sapling Stakes and was named US Champion Two-Year-Old Colt of 1955. In 1956, he won the Flamingo Stakes, Florida Stakes, Belmont Stakes and became the first Florida-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He was also named US Champion Three-Year-Old Colt of 1956. His 1957 racing season ended following an injury after the Fort Lauderdale Handicap. In 2000, he was inducted into the US National Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 31 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40106412
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Needles (29 Apr 1953–15 Oct 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40106412, citing Ocala Breeders' Company Pavilion, Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .