Runaway Groom: Canadian-bred Giant Killer
Thirty-two years ago, three separate winners of 1982's Triple Crown races convened at Saratoga Race Course for the Travers, the Mid-Summer Derby. In a field of five, all three, Kentucky Derby winner Gato del Sol, Preakness hero Aloma's Ruler and Belmont Stakes victor Conquistador Cielo, managed to lose to an upstart gray Canadian-bred named Runaway Groom, who was entered on a whim by his owner who used to sneak into Saratoga when he was growing up in nearby Schenectady, NY. In winning the Travers for Canadian trainer John DiMario and Canadian Hall of Fame jockey Jeff Fell, Runaway Groom once again documented Saratoga's on-going legacy as the Graveyard of Champions. Runaway Groom's owner, Albert Coppola, used to jump a fence to gain admission to Saratoga as a kid. 'That was my lifelong ambition: to get to Saratoga and race horses,' he said. It took awhile. He established the Washington Business…
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