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Caveat (horse)

Sire Cannonade
Dam Cold Hearted
Grandsire Bold Bidder
Damsire The Axe II
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1980
Country United States
Color Dark Brown
Breeder Ryehill Farm
Owner August Belmont IV, James P. Ryan, Robert Kirkham
Trainer Woody Stephens
Record 21: 6-4-3
Earnings $542,190
Caveat is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Cold Hearted by Cannonade. He was born around 1980 in the United States, and was bred by Ryehill Farm.
Major wins

Prince John Stakes (1983)
Derby Trial (1983)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1983)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 16, 2010

Caveat (1980–1995) was an American thoroughbred stallion racehorse. Bred in Maryland) by Ryehill Farm, he was sired by Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade out of the The Axe II mare, Cold Hearted. To date Caveat is one of only eleven Maryland-bred colts to win a Triple Crown race, but only three have won a Triple Crown race besides the Preakness (Caveat in 1983, Kauai King in 1966 and Native Dancer in 1953).

Caveat was owned by the partnersip of August Belmont IV, Robert Kirkham, and his breeder, James P. Ryan. He was conditioned for racing by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer, Woody Stephens. As a two-year-old, Caveat placed second in the Grade II Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes with Eddie Maple aboard.

At age three Caveat won the and the Prince John Stakes and came in second in the Arkansas Derby three weeks prior to the Derby. His trainer Woody Stephens felt like he needed a little tightening up so he ran Caveat just six days before the Derby and ended up winning the Derby Trial. Then in May, he ran a courageous race in the Kentucky Derby and placed third, behind Sunny's Halo. Five weeks later, under jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. he won the Belmont Stakes against a record field of 15 horses, straining a ligament in his right foreleg at the top of the stretch while doing it. The injury would be the cause of his eventual retirement.


Caveat was retired in August, 1983, and syndicated as a stallion. Among his progeny, he was the sire of Arlington Million winner Awad, Timely Warning, Cefis, Warning Glance, Ratings, and Ops Smile.

As a broodmare sire, he sired Beware of the Cat, dam of Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note.

Caveat died in February, 1995, at Northview Stallion Station, in Maryland.



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