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Bowl Game (horse)

Bowl Game
Sire Tom Rolfe
Dam Around the Roses
Grandsire Ribot
Damsire Round Table
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1974
Country United States
Color Dark Brown
Breeder Greentree Stud
Owner Greentree Stable
Trainer John M. Gaver, Jr.
Record 23: 11-6-5
Earnings US$$907,083
Bowl Game is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Around the Roses by Tom Rolfe. He was born around 1974 in the United States, and was bred by Greentree Stud.
Major wins
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1979)
Man o' War Stakes (1979)
Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (1979)
Dixie Handicap (1978)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (1978)
Pan American Handicap (1978)
Arlington Handicap (1979)
Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap (1979)
American Champion Male Turf Horse (1979)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Bowl Game (1974–2006) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred in Kentucky by Greentree Stud and raced under the same Greentree Stable banner as his owner. He finished racing with a record of 11-6-5 in 23 starts with career earnings of $907,083. Bowl Game Creek was best known for his wins in the grade one Washington, D.C. International Stakes, the grade one Man o' War Stakes and the grade two Dixie Handicap. In 1979 he became the only horse ever have won all four prestigious turf races of the United States.[1] That same year he was named the country's top grass equine by being voted 1979 American Champion Male Turf Horse honors.


Early career

Bowl Game was a very late developing thoroughbred. As a three year-old Bowl Game only raced twice placing third in both races. He finished the year with an annual record of 0-0-2 in 2 starts for annual earning of $2,400.00

Four year-old season

In his four year-old season Bowl Game raced a total of 10 races in a nine month campaign that spanned from February through November 1978. In February he prepped in an allowance race and then stepped up to graded stakes action in March. In that race he won the Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park just outside Miami, Florida. In his next race he won his only graded stakes race on the dirt in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, a grade two race under his regular jockey Jorge Velasquez. Later that year in May he won the Dixie Stakes on Preakness Day at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland capturing the one of the oldest trophies in American sports, the Annapolis Subscription Plate. That day he finished the oldest race in the Mid-Atlantic states at 1-1/2 miles on firm turf in 2:33.40 over a field of nine stakes winners including Oilfield and Trumpeter Swan, who finished second and third respectively. He concluded the year with a spectacular record, finishing in-the-money in 100% of his races. In 1978 he ended with a record of 6 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third in 10 starts with annual earnings of $311,245.

Five year-old season

During his five year-old season, he reeled off several grade one victories one after another. He won the prestigious Washington, D.C. International Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse in a tepid 2:51 over a very soft turf course. In July, won two stakes races. First he won the Arlington Handicap in Chicago, Illinois on the first weekend of July. Then Bowl Game wheeled back in three weeks and won the Man O' War Stakes at 1-3/8 miles on the turf at Belmont Park in 2:19.0 even. He also won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in 2:28.20 at a mile and a half. He finished his five year-old season with a record of 5 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds in 10 starts for annual earnings of $585,738. As a six year-old he only raced once and placed second in the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handiicap behind the legendary John Henry.


Bowl Game was euthanized November 10, 2006, due to old age. "He was out in the pasture and got two-thirds of the way up the hill and just lay down. He was in some distress, and it was clear to us that the time had come."


  1. Pedigree Online, Thoroughbred Database;[1].


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