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Ace Admiral

Ace Admiral
Sire Heliopolis
Dam War Flower
Grandsire Hyperion
Damsire Man o' War
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1945
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Mildred W. Woolwine
Owner Maine Chance Farm
Trainer James W. Smith (East Coast)
William Molter (West Coast)
Record 39: 13-6-5
Earnings $270, 815
Ace Admiral is a thoroughbred racehorse out of War Flower by Heliopolis. He was born around 1945 in the United States, and was bred by Mildred W. Woolwine.
Major wins
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1948)
Travers Stakes (1948)
Santa Anita Maturity (1949)
Sunset Handicap (1949)
Argonaut Handicap (1949)
Inglewood Handicap (1949)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Ace Admiral (foaled in 1948) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. His sire, Heliopolis, was the leading sire in North America in 1950 and again in 1954. His grandsire, Hyperion, was a six-time leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland. His dam, War Flower, was a daughter of the legendary Man o' War.

Ace Admiral was born in the same year as the great Calumet Farm colts Citation and Coaltown. In his two-year-old season, Ace Admiral ran third to Citation in the Pimlico Futurity. Citation went on to dominate U.S. racing in 1947 and continued to master the competition in the Spring of 1948 leading up to the U.S. Triple Crown races. As such, like many other owners at the time, Maine Chance Farm felt it was in their best interest not to enter Ace Admiral in the Triple Crown races. Under trainer Jimmy Smith and jockey Ted Atkinson, Ace Admiral won a number of important races that year in New York, including the Lawrence Realization Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack and the prestigious Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Sent to compete in California in 1949, Ace Admiral's training was handled by William Molter. At Santa Anita Park the four-year-old horse won the Santa Anita Maturity and at Hollywood Park Racetrack won the Sunset Handicap, Argonaut Handicap, and the Inglewood Handicap.

Ace Admiral was retired to stud at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where he sired:

  • Frosty Admiral (1961 - Tickly Bender), Puerto Rico Horse of the Year and Puerto Rico Horse Racing Hall of Fame



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