On May 24th, 1913, Rockspring was a maiden three-year-old chestnut gelding, prancing to the starting post before a huge throng at Woodbine Park for the 54th running of the King's Plate. It wasa historic day for Ontario horsemen. A significant modification in the original rules of the Queen's Plate, drafted in 1859, occurred that year when the Ontario Jockey Club eliminated an antiquated rule barring two-year-old winners to enter the Plate. A horse no longer had to be a maiden. Rockspring, however, was still a green maiden that day and finished ninth at odds of 56-to-1. He gained his first win a month later at the Hamilton Jockey Club track. Foaled in 1910 at Valley Farm Stable near Hamilton, Ontario, Rockspring was thick bodied and stocky but a swift gelding who possessed both stamina and speed. He exhibited these traits often during his racing career which saw him face the…
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