Today is the opening day of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita Park, and the running of the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap. Tranquility Farm salutes our retiree, the once and forever mighty Geronimo, who won the Morvich Handicap in 2005.
Morvich won the Kentucky Derby in 1922, and he was the first winner to have been bred in California. An ugly duckling of a colt, he was nearly overlooked by his breeder as not worth training. Here is a link to a very interesting article about Morvich, and why a race is still run in his honor today. It is fitting for Geronimo to have won it, as he also had to overcome great difficulty to come back from his racing injury to be the horse he is today. The Morvich Handicap is about horses with heart.