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Steeplechaser was upsetter in 1935

Updated: March 5, 2010, 4:22 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

Bing Crosby chased a woman's hat when it blew off in the wind. Fred Astaire bet on a horse named Twenty Grand. Mrs. Clark Gable wore a suit made of leather. It was Feb. 23, 1935, and a veritable "who's who" of culture filled the stands at the newly opened Santa Anita Race Track. When 20 horses went to the post for the inaugural running of the Santa Anita Handicap, no one expected a 7-year-old steeplechaser to win.

But Azucar, that Irish-bred gelding with the Spanish name for "sugar," did ...

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