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After a brief career of riding thoroughbreds, Max Hirsch switched to training horses and became one of the best in the business. His career spanned 60 years, during which time he trained three Kentucky Derby winners: Bold Venture in 1949, Assault in 1946, and Middleground in 1950. Assault's 1946 Triple Crown was the first ever by a Texas bred horse. Assault, the "Club-Footed Comet" hailed from the King Ranch in South Texas. Hirsch was proud of his Kentucky Derby winners, but claimed that his most exciting moment in horse racing occurred when Hirsch-trained Sarazen beat the French star Epinard at the 1924 International Special at Latonia. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.

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