Alsab was purchased at the Saratoga yearling sales for $700, a bargain price that was more than repaid when he became a champion at two and three. Sold to Chicago attorney Albert Sabath, the colt's unusual name came from combining the initial syllables of his owner's first and last names.
In his first season Alsab set a record for 2-year-old colts and geldings by winning 15 races, 10 of them consecutive stakes. His victories included the Washington Park Futurity, the Mayflower and the Champagne Stakes, and a match with his closest rival, Requested. At 3 Alsab won the Preakness, Withers, American Derby, Lawrence Realization, and the New York Handicap. A seasonal highlight was Alsab's photo finish in a 1 3/16 mile match race against older champion Whirlaway at Narragansett Park.
Alsab was named Champion Colt in 1941 and 1942. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1976.
Alsab with George Woolf up