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Camarero

Camarero
Sire Thirteen
Dam Flint Maid
Grandsire Thanksgiving
Damsire Flint Shot
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1951
Country Puerto Rico
Color Bay
Breeder Luis Rechani Agrait
Owner Jose Coll-Vidal
Trainer Pablo Suarez
Record 76: 73-2-0
Earnings $43,553
Summary
Camarero is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Flint Maid by Thirteen. He was born around 1951 in Puerto Rico, and was bred by Luis Rechani Agrait.
Major wins
El Imparcial (1953)
Corazón (1953)
Luis Muñoz Rivera Stakes (1953)
Governor's Cup (1954)
Jose de Diego Stakes (1954)
Primavera Stakes (1954)
Labor Day (1955)
Awards
World record for most consecutive wins (56) by a thoroughbred.
Horse of the Year (1954 and 1955)
Honors
1) Camarero Racetrack in San Juan
2) Camarero Awards, for Puerto Rican champion racehorses,
3) Selected among the top 30 best athlete of the 20th century in Puerto Rico
4) Has a song recorded by Felipe "La Voz" Rodríguez (150,000 sold in a month)
5) Has a statue built in Santa Isabel
6) Book written by sports historian, Jorge Colón Delgado
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)


Camarero (1951–1956) was a Thoroughbred racehorse that was raised and raced in Puerto Rico. His name translates to "waiter" in Spanish. Camarero was a small bay colt that weighed 750 pounds and stood only 14 hands high. His male line traced to The Finn and he was bred and owned by prominent San Juan newspaper man Jose Coll-Vidal.[1] Camarero is notable for setting the current world record of the most consecutive wins for a Thoroughbred racehorse at 56 in a series of races between April 1953 and August 1955.

As per Puerto Rican racetrack regulation, prohibitive favorites are not allowed to be wagered on, which meant that for most of Camarero's winning streak no one was allowed to bet on him.[1] Camerero was the first winner of Puerto Rico's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, winning the Governor's Cup, Jose de Diego Stakes and Primavera Stakes in 1954, undefeated.[2][3]

Camarero died on August 27, 1956 of an intestinal obstruction.[4] His gravesite at Hipodromo Quintana was visited by 10,000 fans during the funeral ceremony.[5]

In 2006, the name of El Nuevo Commandante racetrack in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico, was changed to Hippodromo Camarero, in honor of the racehorse.

See also

  • List of notable Thoroughbred racehorses

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 New York Times. Aug 9, 1955
  2. Thoroughbred Times. Aug. 5, 2005
  3. Jorge Colón Delgado. Camarero en punta. 1998.
  4. New York Times. "Camarero, Star racer, dies." Aug. 28, 1956
  5. Melvin Rivera Velázquez (2008-06-01). "Camarero, campeón del hipismo boricua" (in Spanish). http://www.santaisabelpr.com/camarero-campeon-del-hipismo-boricua/. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 



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