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 Assault

Assault

Birth
Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas, USA
Death 1 Sep 1971 (aged 28)
Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas, USA
Burial Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 7480196 · View Source
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7th Triple Crown Winner. The 1946 Triple Crown winner had jockey Warren Mehrtens in the saddle. Mehrtens at 25 had never ridden in a Derby and would never do so again. Assault won the Derby by eight lengths matching the Derby record. In the Preakness, he was favored for the first time and hung on to win by a neck. He was not favored to win the Belmont. Mehrtens with a bad start nearly falling off his mount still managed to win by three lengths. Assault was handicapped when as a colt stepped on a surveyor's stake puncturing his right front hoof. This experience left him with the habit of favoring it giving him an awkward gait. After has Triple Crown performance, the horse went on a five-race losing streak and Mehrtens was replaced by Eddie Arcaro. Despite seven losses as a three year old, Assault was voted horse of the year. Retired to stud in 1948, he turned out to be sterile and raced intermittently for two more years. At the age of 28, the horse broke a bone in his left foreleg and was euthanized.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 23 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7480196
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Assault (26 Mar 1943–1 Sep 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7480196, citing King Ranch, Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .