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Bold Lad

Bold Lad
Sire Bold Ruler
Dam Misty Morn
Grandsire Nasrullah
Damsire Princequillo
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1962
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Wheatley Stable
Owner Wheatley Stable
Trainer 1) William C. Winfrey
2) Edward A. Neloy (1966)
Record 19: 14-2-1
Earnings US$516,465
Summary
Bold Lad is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Misty Morn by Bold Ruler. He was born around 1962 in the United States, and was bred by Wheatley Stable.
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1964)
Futurity Stakes (1964)
Hopeful Stakes ( 1964)
Sapling Stakes (1964)
Tremont Stakes (1964)
National Stallion Stakes (1964)
Derby Trial Stakes (1965)
Alerted Purse (1966)
Roseben Handicap (1966)
Metropolitan Handicap (1966)
Awards
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1964)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Bold Lad (1962–1986) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred and raced by Gladys Phipps and her brother Ogden L. Mills under their Wheatley Stable banner. His sire was eight time Leading sire in North America, Bold Ruler and his dam was the racing mare, Misty Morn,

Trained by Bill Winfrey, at age two Bold Lad won every important race for his age group. He set a new Saratoga track record of 1:15 3/5 in winning the for 6½ furlong Hopeful Stakes [1] and equalled the Aqueduct track record time of 1:16 in his win in the 6½ furlong Futurity Stakes. [2] Bold Lad's performances made him a unanimous selection as the 1964 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. [3]

Bold Lad II

Beatrice Mills Forbes, Lady Granard, a sister to Gladys Mills Phipps and Ogden L. Mills, bred the British mare Barn Pride to Bold Ruler, producing a colt in 1964 she also named Bold Lad. Bold Lad II would race in England and Ireland where it too won Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors.

Three-year-old season

At the end of 1964, Thomas Trotter, handicapper for The Jockey Club, assigned Bold Lad high weight for 1965 of 130 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap. The exceptional weight would prove to be higher than even the legendary Secretariat who was allotted 129 pounds in 1972. [4] Despite the weight handicap, Bold Lad remained the winterbook favorite for the first leg of the 1965 U.S. Triple Crown series, the Kentucky Derby. However, in early February he suffered a popped splint in his right foreleg while at Hialeah Park Race Track. He did not return to racing until April 5 when he scored an impressive win over older horses in a six furlong sprint at Aqueduct Racetrack. [5] He then ran third in the 1⅛ mile Wood Memorial Stakes but won the Derby Trial Stakes. Sent off in the 1¼ mile Kentucky Derby as the betting favorite, Bold Lad was in contention at the top of the stretch but then tired badly and finished tenth in the field of eleven horses behind winner Lucky Debonair. Bold Lad was diagnosed as suffering from a slight case of anemia [6] and did not run in the Preakness Stakes or Belmont Stakes. Injured again on June 20, 1965 while working out at Aqueduct Racetrack, Bold Lad underwent surgery and did not race again that year.

Bold Lad was brought back slowly in his four-year-old season by trainer Eddie Neloy, who took over the Wheatley Stable when Bill Winfrey retired. Bold Lad returned to racing on April 30, 1966 with a win at Garden State Park. [7] On May 6, at Aqueduct Racetrack, he won the Alerted Purse and then on May 18 won the Roseben Handicap by a solid three lengths. Still at Aqueduct, on May 30, 1966 Bold Lad won the prestigious Metropolitan Handicap by two-and-a-half lengths while running the mile in 1:34 1/5 under 132 pounds. Unbeaten after four starts, Bold Lad was entered in the Suburban Handicap. He was assigned 135 pounds, the highest weight for that race since Grey Lag in 1923. On what turned out to be an extremely hot day, he finished sixth to winner, Buffle, who carried 110 pounds. [8] Jockey Braulio Baeza, said that the Bold Lad seemed to favor his left ankle after the finish of the race. Precautionary x-rays were taken and on August 2, 1966 it was announced that Bold Lad was to be retired to stud. [9]

Despite his shortened 1966 campaign, at the end of the year Bold Lad was runnerup to Bold Bidder in the voting by the Thoroughbred Racing Association for 1966 American Champion Older Male Horse honors.

While Bold Lad sired a number of good offspring as a stallion in Kentucky, France, and Japan, none were able to match his success on the track.

Successor, a full brother to Bold Lad bred by Wheatley Stable and foaled in 1964, would also win American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors.

Pedigree of Bold Lad
Sire
Bold Ruler
Nasrullah Nearco Pharos
Nogara
Mumtaz Begum Blenheim
Mumtaz Mahal
Miss Disco Discovery Display
Ariadne
Outdone Pompey
Sweep Out
Dam
Misty Morn
Princequillo Prince Rose Rose Prince
Indolence
Cosquilla Papyrus
Quick Thought
Grey Flight Mahmoud Blenheim
Mah Mahal
Planetoid Ariel
La Chica

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