Kentucky gets credit for being the center of thoroughbred horse raising, but Missouri can’t be far behind. Two of the greatest names in our horse-raising history are Tom Bass and Rex McDonald. If Tom Bass wasn’t the greatest trainer of horses, he was certainly the equal of any. Rex McDonald, one of the greatest horses in American history, didn’t win the Kentucky Derby – although at least three Missouri-bred have – because he wasn’t that kind of horse. His tombstone at the fairgrounds in Mexico identifies him as “The World’s Champion Saddle Stallion.”

AOWM – November 22