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Best Pal

Best Pal
Sire Habitony
Dam King Pellinore
Grandsire Habitat
Damsire Ubetshedid
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1988
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder John & Betty Mabee
Owner Golden Eagle Farm
Trainer Gary Jones
Record 47: 18-11-4
Earnings $5,668,245
Best Pal is a thoroughbred racehorse out of King Pellinore by Habitony. He was born around 1988 in the United States, and was bred by John & Betty Mabee.
Major wins
Hollywood Futurity (1990)
Del Mar Futurity (1990)
Norfolk Stakes (1990)
Balboa Stakes (1990)
Pacific Classic Stakes (1991)
Swaps Stakes (1991)
Santa Anita Handicap (1992)
Charles H. Strub Stakes (1992)
Oaklawn Handicap (1992)
San Fernando Stakes (1992)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1993)
California Cup Classic (1993)
Native Diver Handicap (1994)
San Antonio Handicap (1995)
California Horse of the Year
(1990, 1991, 1992)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2010)
Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar Racetrack
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 29, 2010

Best Pal (February 12, 1988 in Ramona, California – November 24, 1998 in Ramona, California) was an American Hall of Fame champion racehorse, who to this day holds the record for purses of any California-bred racehorse, earning his owners, the Golden Eagle Farm, US$5.6 million over his lifetime.

A descendant of Princequillo on both his sire's and dam's line, Best Pal won the first running of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, and finished second in the 1991 Kentucky Derby as well as in the 1991 and 1995 Santa Anita Derby and won the California Gold Cup at Hollywood Park Racetrack.

Retired in 1996, Best Pal had a massive heart attack while on his way to a training track at Golden Eagle Farm. He was buried at the farm, and a large boulder with a plaque covers his grave. Best Pal was voted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2010. [1]



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