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Captain's Gig (horse)

Captain's Gig
Sire Turn-To
Dam Make Sail
Grandsire Royal Charger
Damsire Ambiorix
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1965
Country United States
Color Dark Bay/Brown
Breeder Cain Hoy Stable
Owner Cain Hoy Stable
Trainer William W. Stephens
Record 15: 8-3-1
Earnings US$205,312
Captain's Gig is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Make Sail by Turn-To. He was born around 1965 in the United States, and was bred by Cain Hoy Stable.
Major wins
Futurity Stakes (1967)
Forerunner Purse (1968)
Stepping Stone Purse (1968)
Jim Dandy Stakes (1968)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 26, 2010

Captain's Gig (foaled 1965 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse bred and raced by Harry Guggenheim's Cain Hoy Stable. Sired by Turn-To, his dam was Guggenheim's good runner Make Sail who in 1960 won the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama Stakes. Damsire Ambiorix was the Leading sire in North America in 1961 and the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1963.[1]

Trained by Bill Stephens, Captain's Gig won three of five starts at age two in 1967. His wins that year included the most prestigious race for American juveniles, the Futurity Stakes at Aqueduct in which he set a new track record. [2] As a three-year-old en route to the first leg of the 1958 U.S. Triple Crown series, the lightly raced colt won an Allowance race followed by a 3½ length win in the Forerunner Purse at Keeneland. [3] He then ran away from the field in capturing the Stepping Stone Purse by eight lengths at Churchill Downs. [4] Sent off as the fourth choice by bettors in the Kentucky Derby, Captain's Gig finished tenth. [5] The colt went on to run second in both the Jersey Derby [6] and the Jerome Handicap [7] but won the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. [8]

Captain's Gig was retired to stud for the 1970 season. He stood in the United States in 1970 and 1971 then was sent to breeders in Ireland in time for the 1972 season. He was not successful as a sire.



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