Jump to: navigation, search


Sire Bull Lea
Dam Potheen
Grandsire Bull Dog
Damsire Wildair
Gender Filly
Foaled 1945
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder Calumet Farm
Owner Calumet Farm
Trainer Ben Jones
H. A. "Jimmy" Jones
Record 55 Starts: 20-10-11
Earnings $462,605
Bewitch is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Potheen by Bull Lea. She was born around 1945 in the United States, and was bred by Calumet Farm.
Major wins
Washington Park Futurity (1947)
Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (1947)
Pollyanna Stakes (1947)
Princess Pat Stakes (1947)
Hyde Park Stakes (1947)
Debutante Stakes (1947)
Cleopatra Handicap (1948)
Artful Handicap (1948)
Modesty Stakes (1948)
Ashland Stakes (1948)
Misty Isle Handicap (1948)
Beverly Handicap (1948)
Vineland Handicap (1948)
Black Helen Handicap (1949)
Vanity Handicap (1950)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1947)
American Champion Older Female Horse (1949)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1977)
#89 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Bewitch (1945–1959) was a Thoroughbred race horse born in 1945 at Calumet Farm, Kentucky, United States in the same crop in which the stallion Bull Lea produced Citation and Coaltown. Each of these exceptional Bull Lea foals were, in time, inaugurated into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame. Bewitch was the only filly.

From her dam, Potheen (purchased by Warren Wright for the small sum of $500), Bewitch inherited the blood of Broomstick, whose sire was the great Ben Brush. On her mother's side also flowed the blood of Peter Pan (sired by Commando), and Hanover (sired by Hindoo).

Trained by the Hall of Famer Ben A. Jones, as a two-year-old Bewitch was all but unstoppable, winning her first eight starts, six of them consecutive stakes races. In her very first effort, she led throughout and won by six lengths. One of these stakes was the Washington Park Futurity in which she beat her half-brother Citation, the only defeat he suffered as a two-year-old.

Before the end of her first season, Ben Jones turned her training over to his son, Jimmy Jones, who also became a member of the Hall of Fame. Bewitch was named the Champion Two-Year-Old Filly for 1947. At the end of her third season, even though she was out of action with bucked shins until late June, she still won four of her six starts.

When she was four, in winning the Beverly Handicap at the old Washington Park Race Track in Chicago, Illinois, she ran the fastest mile ever run by a filly.

At the age of five, she raced from one end of the country to the other, unplaced only once. And when she was six, she ran fifteen times, twelve of those races against males.

When she retired, Bewitch had earned $462,605, which made her the greatest money-earning filly to date. In 1977, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with both her trainers, father and son, as well as her two half-brothers, Citation and Coaltown.


Racing Record

Of interest

In a poll among members of the American Trainers Association, conducted in 1955 by Delaware Park Racetrack, Bewitch was voted the ninth greatest filly in American racing history. Gallorette was voted first.


Bewitch had only two foals, both of which died before they reached racing age. When she herself died in 1959, she was buried at Calumet.

External links


Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...