|Breeder||Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney|
|Owner||Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney|
|Career Boy is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Swanky by Phalanx. He was born around 1953 in the United States, and was bred by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney.|
Grand Union Hotel Stakes (1955)|
United States Hotel Stakes (1955)
Gotham Stakes (1956)
United Nations Handicap (1956)
|American Champion Male Turf Horse (1956)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Career Boy (foaled 1953 in Kentucky) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred and raced by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, a member of the prominent horse-racing Whitney family. Out of the mare Swanky whose damsire Mahmoud won the 1936 Epsom Derby, he was sired by Whitney's Phalanx, the 1947 Belmont Stakes winner and American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse.
Trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Sylvester Veitch, at age two Career Boy won important races such as the Grand Union Hotel Stakes and the United States Hotel Stakes. He ran second to Needles in the Hopeful Stakes then had another second-place result in the Garden State Stakes to winner Prince John but ahead of third-place finisher, Needles.
Going into his three-year-old season in 1956, Career Boy was assigned the Experimental Free Handicap's 126 pound high-weight. Under jockey Eric Guerin, Career Boy won the Gotham Stakes and ran second in the Blue Grass Stakes en route to a sixth-place finish in the 1956 Kentucky Derby. Career Boy did not run in the Preakness Stakes but in the ensuing Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, he made a powerful stretch run to narrowly lose to Needles with Preakness winner Fabius in third.
In 1956 Career Boy showed an affinity for racing on the grass with a win under jockey Sam Boulmetis in the United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Owner C. V. Whitney then decided to send his top two runners to Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France to run in the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Entered with stablemate, Fisherman, Eddie Arcaro rode Career Boy to a fourth place finish in the 1956 Arc won by one of the best horses in European racing history, Ribot. Career Boy's 1956 performances earned him American Champion Male Turf Horse honors.
Retired to stud duty, Career Boy stood in the United States until age thirteen when he was sent to a breeding operation in Argentina. He was not successful as a sire.