Hail to Reason with Ussery up at the Hopeful Stakes


Hail to Reason with Ussery up at the Hopeful Stakes


Photography of horse sports


Photograph of Hail to Reason (Bobby Ussery up) winning Saratoga’s 1960 Hopeful Stakes by ten lengths.

Hail to Reason, multiple stakes-winning Thoroughbred, was named American Champion Two-Year-Colt in 1960. He retired to stud at Hagyard Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, with a record of 9-2-2 from 18 starts, with earnings of $328,434. Hail to Reason was the top sire in North America in 1970.

Robert Nelson ‘Bobby’ Ussery’s racing career spanned more than two decades (1951 – 1974). He was the tenth jockey in history to surpass 3,000 wins, with a winning percentage of 17.5% over his career. Ussery was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1980.


Bernard Stanley Morgan




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Bernard Stanley Morgan, “Hail to Reason with Ussery up at the Hopeful Stakes ,” The Keeneland Library, accessed December 6, 2019, https://keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/387.

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