Star de Naskra could turn on the speed. During his 4-year-old season in 1979, while defeating the likes of Alydar and defending sprint champion Dr. Patches, he ranked as the top sprinter in the nation throughout the year and took home the Eclipse Award as champion of the division.
Smoke Glacken was never anything less than brilliant at what he did. And what he did best was run his rivals off their feet. The result was an Eclipse Award as champion sprinter at age 3 – in a year in which he faced older rivals only once and didn’t start in a Grade 1 race.