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Airmans Guide

Airmans Guide
Sire One Count
Dam Navigating
Grandsire Count Fleet
Damsire Hard Tack
Gender Mare
Foaled 1957
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder W. P. Little
Owner W. P. Little
Hugh A. Grant, Sr.
Trainer Burton Williams
Record 20: 13-2-2
Earnings $315,673
Airmans Guide is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Navigating by One Count. She was born around 1957 in the United States, and was bred by W. P. Little.
Major wins
Delaware Handicap (1961)
Beldame Stakes (1961)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1960)
Regret Stakes (1961)
New Castle Stakes (1960)
Suwannee River Handicap (1961)
Churchill Downs Debutante Stakes (1959)
Marguerite Stakes (1959)
American Champion Older Female Horse (1961)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Airmans Guide (foaled in 1957 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred filly racehorse. The granddaughter of Count Fleet will best be remembered for wins in the Delaware Handicap, the Beldame Stakes and in May 1960 she won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. In 1961 she was voted by the country's top sports writers as the American Champion Older Female Horse.[1]


Early career

Airmans Guide was born in 1957 in the state of Kentucky, she was by bred by horseman W. P. Little. She was sold at the Keeneland spring sale for two year-olds in training for only $7,500 to her new owner Hugh A. Grant, Sr. In her two year-old season she rose to the top of her class quickly by winning the grade three Churchill Downs Debutante Stakes in Louisville, Kentucky the during the last week of June. Later that year she won the 1-1/16 mile Marguerite Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Three year-old season

Airmans Guide showed up big in her first two stakes races back as a three year-old. She won the grade one Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April over Tingle. She followed that up with a gritty third place finish in the Kentucky Oaks losing to Make Sail. She ran so well in those two races that her connections decided to enter her in the second jewel of America's defacto Filly Triple Crown, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Airmans Guide rode away with a win in a dominating performance over a field of nine fillies that day.

Throughout her three year-old season she performed admirably with strong consistent runs. In June, she placed second in the grade one Acorn Stakes at one mile on the dirt at Belmont Park. Later that year she won the New Castle Stakes at Delaware Park at nine furlongs against many older mares.

Four year-old season

At age four, Airmans Guide continued to show strong runs in each of her races. In 1961 she won the grade one Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park under jockey Howard Grant in 2:02.4 for the 1-1/4 miles. She also won the prestigious grade one Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park in New York. After that race her trainer Burt Williams lobbied for a division championship in the media. That year she was voted American Champion Older Female Horse.


In January 1962 Airmans Guide was retired and sent to Claiborne Farm to breed.



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