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Dr. Fager was an American Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse who had what many consider one of the greatest single racing seasons by any horse in the history of the sport. "The Doctor" was the only horse who ever held four titles in one year. That year was 1968, and he was voted the Horse of the Year, champion handicap horse, champion sprinter, and co-champion grass horse. Sired by Rough 'N Tumble and Aspidistra, "the Doctor" was born in 1964. He was arrogant, headstrong, conceited, rank, and unwilling to be rated. Dr. Fager set the world record at 1 mile on any surface: 1:32 1/5, achieved on August 24, 1968 and hold it for 20 years. The record still stands for dirt surface racing. In the list of the top 100 U.S. champions of the 20th Century Dr. Fager ranks sixth. He stood for eight years before his premature death at age 12 on August 5, 1976. Death was attributed to a colon obstruction. He was buried at Tartan Farm, now known as Winding Oaks Farm.