Originally Posted by reining girl
well of coarse the tb wins. If that would of been a 350 yard one the QH would of wooped him lol. can you tell wich breed I like better lol =) that's awsome that you found that, do they still do the match races even??
Griswold was actually a 3-time AQHA distance champion who specialized in racing around the turn at 870 yards, and Valiant Pete was freakishly fast at short distances and still holds the Thoroughbred world record for 4 1/2 furlongs. So they were pretty evenly matched at the distance which is what made it such a great race. Valiant Pete was owned by a farm down the street from me and I used to go visit him before the farm shut down...unfortunately he passed away last year, though.
There have actually been several match races since Ruffian, but none with top level horses. It's not because they're more dangerous or anything, I think it's more that people just see them as pointless now. Instead of going one-on-one, people would rather have their top horses face off in big stakes that mean more for their stud value and year-end awards.