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Fred Taral

Fred Taral
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   Taral was born in 1867 and gained early experience on the bush tracks of Oklahoma. He rode his first Thoroughbred mount in 1883 at Washington Park. Ten years later he was well known as the regular rider of Domino.

   Domino's owner Foxhall Keene described Taral as "a tremendously powerful man who many times actually seemed to lift Domino over the line a winner." Taral's strength was legendary. News accounts indicate he rode part of a season with one broken arm.

   One of Taral's best seasons came in 1893 when he piloted Domino through nine consecutive victories, including the Belmont Futurity under 130 pounds, the Matron under 129, and a match with Domino that ended in a dead heat. The following year Domino met Henry of Navarre in a match race with the same conclusion.

   In 1894 Taral won New York's Handicap Triple Crown, by winning the Brooklyn on Dr. Rice and the Metropolitan and Suburban on Ramapo.