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Campfire (horse)

Sire Olambala
Dam Nightfall
Grandsire Ornus
Damsire Voter
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1914
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Richard T. Wilson, Jr.
Owner Richard T. Wilson, Jr.
Trainer Thomas J. Healey
Record 14: 7-3-0
Earnings $54,135
Campfire is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Nightfall by Olambala. He was born around 1914 in the United States, and was bred by Richard T. Wilson, Jr..
Major wins
Saratoga Special Stakes (1916)
Sanford Stakes (1916)
Hopeful Stakes (1916)
Great American Stakes (1916)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1916)
Toboggan Handicap (1917)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1916)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on February 22, 2010

Campfire (1914–1932) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. Bred and raced by the co-owner and president of Saratoga Race Course, Richard T. Wilson, Jr., he was sired by Wilson's Olambala, a multiple winner of important races including the Latonia Derby and Suburban Handicap and who would also sire several top runners including the multiple Handicap winner Sunfire and the 1922 Belmont and Preakness Stakes winner Pillory.

Campfire was conditioned for racing by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer T. J. Healey. Racing at age two in 1916, Campfire joined the great filly Regret as only the second horse to win all three Saratoga Race Course events for two-year-olds: the Saratoga Special Stakes, Sanford Stakes and the Hopeful Stakes, in which he defeated Omar Khayyam. Winning all three races would not be matched for another seventy-seven years, when Dehere did it in 1993 followed by City Zip in 2000. In addition, Campfire won the Futurity and Great American Stakes at Belmont Park. The leading money winner among all American horses irrespective of age, Campfire's outstanding year earned him 1916 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors.

Racing at age three, much was expected of Campfire. He won the Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York but did not win another race that year or at age four in 1918.

Retired to stud for the 1919 season, Campfire met with limited success as a sire. Most notable was his son Wilderness, who won the 1923 Toronto Cup Handicap and the Travers Stakes.

Campfire died at a Maryland farm in 1932.



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