“I would have to say Mt. Sassafras. He was one of many good horses I trained for Minshall Farms and he was a very honest-trying horse. He was 'Champion Older Horse' in 1996 and also 'Horse of the Year' in 1996.
He was extremely durable for a small, slight-framed horse. He won over $1.3 million when purses were small (before slots) and that was a big number to win that back then.
We got to travel to many big stake races all over the U.S. He ran in 8 Grade 1 races and he won a Grade 1, $500,000 U.S. race, defeating good horses like Skip Away, Tejano Run and Suave Prospect.
When I think of Mt. Sassafras, I think "Grade 1," - very talented and also unlucky. He really could have won several other races as well.”
by Barb Minshall
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