Sport: Got You!

Because his own-bred yearling crop was long on fillies, George D. Widener went looking for a colt at the 1949 Saratoga summer sales. The one that took his eye was a blaze-faced chestnut in the Jonabell consignment. Although the colt looked like a good buy at the modest $4,500 which Widener bid him in for, he failed to show top stakes quality in early training. So Widener packed him off to Florida, to let him find his own level at Hialeah's winter meeting.

There, the colt—named Battlefield (by War Relic-Dark Display)—pricked his ears and began to run. By last weekend, when 14...

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