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LONESOME GLORY ch. g. 1988 - 2002 by Transworld - Stronghold by Green Dancer
Lonesome Glory was truly a once-in-a-lifetime horse. He ran for nine seasons and became the champion steeplechase horse in America an unprecedented five times.
Kay Jeffords inherited several horses, including the two year old Lonesome Glory, upon the death of her husband Walter in 1990. She originally gave the rangy chestnut to her daughter as a show jumping prospect; her daughter very quickly gave him back because he was just too tough to handle. The gelding was then sent to steeplechase trainer Bruce Miller's Cochranville, Pennsylvania yard and after a bit of a rocky start, a star emerged.
This very tall horse with a big blaze was never an easy ride, according to his trainer. As a youngster he was quite nervous, easily provoked and would frequently wheel sharply to his left, leaving his rider behind. But Miller always thought that Lonesome had ability, and slowly the horse began to come around and prove him right. Even later on, in his races, he was sometimes difficult and was not overly competitive. Luckily for all involved, the trainer's daughter Blythe developed a wonderful rapport with the horse; she encouraged him and he responded well for her. Blythe Miller was his jockey in all but eight of his starts.
Sent to England on two separate occasions, he won over hurdles at historic Cheltenham Race Course and over fences at Sandown -- making his rider the first American woman to win a steeplechase at a major course in England.
Lonesome Glory won while carrying up to 166 lbs. and at distances ranging from 1 3/8 miles to three miles; he twice had winning streaks of five races. His consistency was remarkable, as he won more than half of his starts. He ran and won at the highest level until a leg injury prompted his retirement at the age of 11; he left the game as the leading money-winning 'chaser in American history with earnings of over $1.3 million. A bronze statue of this popular horse stands outside the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden, S.C.
Lonesome Glory was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2005.