July 12, 1996 |
When a horse wins consecutive races, that horse is termed consistent. When a horse wins three straight races, most players start looking for reasons to bet against the horse in its next start. Horses just don't keep winning. Even the best horses win just a few in a row before losing. It's the nature of the sport. Long winning streaks do not happen. How then does one explain Cigar? Really, there is no explanation. The 6-year-old racing superstar has defied all tenets of the sport.
October 10, 2014 |
CIGAR, THE two-time Horse of the Year whose 16-race winning streak matched one of racing's greatest achievements, has died. He was 24. A release from Kentucky Horse Park said that Cigar died Tuesday night at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. Cigar won 19 of 33 starts and earned nearly $10 million but was best known for his incredible run of wins that made him the first horse to tie the record set by the legendary Citation.
November 1, 1996 |
Cigar, the 6-year-old star thoroughbred that tied Citation's modern-day record of 16 straight wins, was officially retired yesterday. The announcement came after Cigar lost three of his last four races, including Saturday's Breeders' Cup in Toronto, where he finished third. The horse, stabled at Belmont Park, will now begin a lucrative career as a stud at the Paulsons' Brookside Farm in Versailles, Ky. He will make farewell appearances - tomorrow at Madison Square Garden's National Horse Show and at Churchill Downs on Nov. 12. In all, he raced 33 times, earning $9,999,815.
February 23, 1996 |
Cigar, the 1995 horse of the year, had an abscess removed from his right front foot yesterday, putting his much-awaited spring campaign on hold. The 6-year-old superstar was in training for the world's richest race, the $4 million Dubai World Cup on March 27, when a bruise was discovered Wednesday, according to trainer Bill Mott. X-rays proved negative, but the abscess, apparently caused by the bruise, was found yesterday and removed by Mott at his barn at Gulfstream Park.
July 13, 1996 |
When two horses race two generations apart, comparisons are difficult. Still, comparisons between Cigar and Citation are inevitable today as Cigar attempts to tie Citation's modern North American winning streak of 16 in the Arlington Citation Challenge at Arlington Park. Citation won all but one of the races in his streak as a 3-year-old, including the Triple Crown. Citation didn't race as a 4-year-old due to injury and completed his streak in his first start as a 5-year-old. As a 3-year-old, Cigar was racing on the grass and the Triple Crown was never a thought.
March 11, 2002
WE ALL know about the strict security at the airport during the day, but who watches it at nights? I have a friend who sells cigars at a cart that he leases through the airport. He has been robbed twice in two months, over $1,000 in merchandise. It's been reported, but nothing has been done. The people who work there at night, are they searched? Are they able to sneak a bomb in without being detected - because apparently they are able to sneak things out! Edwin R. Manzano Jr. Philadelphia
June 2, 1996 |
Cigar was applauded and cheered from the time he walked down the track at Suffolk Downs to be saddled yesterday until he crossed the finish line, an easy winner of the Massachusetts Handicap. With a cheering crowd of more than 20,000 at the track in Boston, Jerry Bailey rode the 6-year-old to his 15th consecutive victory, one shy of the modern-day North American record set by Citation, the 1948 Triple Crown winner. Cigar carried 130 pounds, the most of his career, and spotted his five rivals from 19 to 22 pounds.
February 19, 1992 |
Q: I have a college-educated husband who will only believe the word of a reputable doctor on the dangers of cigar smoking. He feels that because he doesn't inhale the smoke, there is no problem, in spite of the fact that he has a persistent cough. Your comments? A: It's almost impossible to smoke a pipe or a cigar without inhaling at least some of the smoke. And many studies clearly document the unhealthful effects of "passive" smoking. Tobacco smoke in any form is hazardous to the health of both the smoker and those around him. The fact that your husband has a cough is further evidence that his habit may be catching up to him. He should see a doctor.
January 12, 1996 |
Cigar, the overwhelming favorite to be named Horse of the Year next month, and Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner Thunder Gulch yesterday were named winners of 1995 Eclipse Awards. Cigar was a unanimous selection as Champion Older Male Horse and Thunder Gulch was voted Champion 3-year-old Colt. The winner of the 1995 Horse of the Year Award will be announced at the Eclipse Awards dinner Feb. 9 in San Diego. Cigar was 10-0 in 1995 and won a record $4,819,800. His owner, Allen Paulson, trainer, Bill Mott, and jockey, Jerry Bailey, also won individual Eclipse Awards in their areas.
February 5, 1997 |
Cigar became the first horse since 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed to win consecutive Horse of the Year Awards yesterday, assuring his status as one of the all-time greats. Horse of the Year also completed his second straight sweep of Eclipse awards. On Jan. 10, he was named best older horse or gelding in North America after winning five of eight starts, including the $4 million Dubai World Cup and Woodward Stakes. Cigar was the overwhelming choice of the three voting groups - the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form.