The remains of Hall of Famer Noor arrived at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Ky., to be re-interred on Wednesday. A public ceremony was held at 10 a.m. at Old Friends.
The ceremony marked the end of a long journey for the English-bred champion, who was unearthed by California-based racing enthusiast Charlotte Farmer after she discovered his burial site was being targeted for development. Noor had been buried in an unmarked grave inside a training track at Loma Rica Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif.
Farmer has been traveling across the country to deliver the remains to Old Friends.
Foaled in 1945, Noor began his racing career in England, where he won the 1948 Diomed Stakes and finished third in that year’s Epsom Derby. Noor was imported to the U.S. in 1948 after being purchased by Charles Howard, owner of the legendary Seabiscuit.
The son of Nasrullah took well to his new surroundings. In 1950, he set five new track records at Santa Anita Park, Hollywood Park, and Golden Gate Fields. He also set world record times at 1 1/8 miles and 1 1/4 miles at Golden Gate.
Noor won seven of his 12 starts in 1950, including scores in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Santa Anita Handicap, and San Juan Capistrano Handicap. He also finished second in that year’s Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Noor arguably is best known for defeating Triple Crown winner Citation in four of their five meetings. Citation finished second to Noor all four times. He also defeated Triple Crown winner Assault twice, making Noor the only horse to defeat two Triple Crown winners.
Noor retired following his 1950 season with 12 wins from 31 starts and career earnings of $365,940. He was retired to stud and sired 13 stakes winners, including French champion sprinter Yours.
Noor lived at Loma Rica Ranch until his death in 1974 at age 29. He was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2002. Noor is the second Hall of Famer to be buried at Old Friends, joining Precisionist.