What’s a Gorytus?
A Gorytus is a case for holding arrows.
He was a gorgeous physical specimen by Nijinsky out of Glad Rags, trained by Dick Hern for Alice duPont Mills in England. Gorytus won his first two starts at 2 in a manner that made grown men wax poetic, but he lost his third and final start of the year in a shocker. At 3, he ran fifth in the Guineas, and he never won another race again. He raced twice at 4 in Florida, was second in a stakes, and then was sent to stud at Coolmore with a record of two wins from eight starts. Later he was sold off to Japan. Read this article for the Gorytus story, but if you don’t have the time, I have extracted a quote from Tony Morris that explains that Gorytus the horse had none of the arrows in his quiver it was assumed he’d had:
He raced on in America at four where, now trained by Woody Stephens, his irresolute ways caught the eye of the Racing Post‘s Tony Morris. ‘I went racing at Hialeah, and who should turn up there but Gorytus,’ Morris recalls. ‘I remember the race vividly. Gorytus came to win, then gave it away to an inferior challenger, Out Of Hock. I quizzed his trainer about this cowardly display, and he said “Nope, didn’t look very genuine, did he?” ‘
How is Gorytus related to Union Rags?
Read this, Page 4.
What did Gorytus look like?
Does Union Rags have the curse of Gorytus?
We’ll find out in the Belmont Stakes.