Blue Peter’s Tree

The son of the 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral lies beneath this giant oak at the Aiken Training Track.   After capturing the honor of “Outstanding 2-Year-Old Male” in 1948, Blue Peter arrived in Aiken as the pre-Derby favorite.  As a sports writer buddy of mine tells it, “He stepped off the van and dropped dead.”  The ailment was not disclosed.  They buried Blue Peter in a ceremony under the oak.  Some believe it may have been out of convenience.