|Breeder||August Belmont, Jr.|
|Owner||Log Cabin Stable|
1) Louis Feustel|
2) G. Hamilton Keene (7/1926)
3) John I. Smith (1927)
4) George M. Odom (1928)
|Chance Play is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Quelle Chance by Fair Play. He was born around 1923 in the United States, and was bred by August Belmont, Jr..|
Youthful Stakes (1925)|
Campfire Handicap (1926)
Potomac Handicap (1926)
Merchants and Citizens Handicap (1927)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1927)
Lincoln Handicap (1927)
Saratoga Cup Handicap (1927)
Havre de Grace Handicap (1927)
Toboggan Handicap (1927)
Aqueduct Handicap (1928)
Combat Handicap (1928)
Continental Handicap (1928)
American Champion Older Male Horse (1927)|
American Horse of the Year (1927)
Leading sire in North America (1935, 1944)
|Chance Play Purse at Sportsman's Park|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on March 31, 2010|
Chance Play (foaled 1923) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse and Champion sire. Bred by August Belmont, Jr., he was out of the mare Quelle Chance, a daughter of 1900 Metropolitan Handicap winner, Ethelbert. He was sired by Fair Play who also sired the legendary Man o' War. Chance Play was as well a full brother to 1927 Belmont Stakes winner, Chance Shot.
In 1923, New York city financiers W. Averell Harriman and Bert Walker bought a stable of Thoroughbred horses which they raced under the nom de course Log Cabin Stable, sporting orange and white silks. As part of a private purchase of twenty horses, in January 1925 Harriman and Walker acquired Chance Play from the estate of August Belmont, Jr. 
Chance Play was conditioned for racing by Louis Feustel who had been the trainer of Man o' War. Racing at age two, the colt won his May 12, 1925 debut at Jamaica Racetrack in Jamaica, New York. Four days later he got the most important win of the when he captured the Youthful Stakes on the same racetrack. During the remainder of 1925, Chance Play was outshone by William Coe's outstanding colt, Pompey to whom he finished third in the two most important races of the year for two-year-olds, the August 29 Hopeful Stakes  at Saratoga Race Course and the September 12 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park.
As a three-year-old, Chance Play won the June 7, 1926 Campfire Handicap, a six-furlong dash for three-year-olds at Belmont Park. He did not run in any of the Triple Crown races as it was uncertain if he could handle any distance beyond six furlongs.
In July, Louis Feustel resigned as the Log Cabin Stable trainer. Although he was replaced by John Smith, conditioning for Chance Play was handed over to G. Hamilton Keene, trainer for the stable of Joseph E. Widener.
Chance Play's only other win of significance in 1926 came in early October when he had strengthened enough to run at longer distances and at Maryland's Havre de Grace Racetrack he defeated Pompey to win the mile and a sixteenth Potomac Handicap. A disagreement between the two owners of Log Cabin Stable in the fall of 1926 led to the partnership being dissolved and Averell Harriman became the stable's sole owner.
A Champion at four
Trainer Hamilton Keene died in January 1927 and John Smith took over. The winner of several of the year's top events, including the Merchants and Citizens Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Toboggan Handicap, Chance Play was selected the retrospective 1927 American Champion Older Male Horse and Horse of the Year.
As a sire
Retired to stud duty, Chance Play initially stood in New York but Warren Wright purchased him for $70,000 and brought him to stand at his Calumet Farm. The leading sire in North America in 1935 and 1944, Chance Play was the sire of twenty-three stakes winners and the broodmare sire of twenty stakes winners. Among his progeny were:
- Good Gamble (b. 1932) - multiple stakes winning filly whose wins included the Acorn Stakes, Aqueduct Handicap, Test Stakes, Queens County Handicap
- Now What (b. 1937) - American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
- Some Chance (b. 1939) - multiple stakes winner including the 1942 and 1943 editions of the Roseben Handicap
- Pot O'Luck (b. 1942) - multiple winner of important races including the Pimlico Futurity, Arlington Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Lawrence Realization Stakes
The grandsire of Piet, whose wins included three consecutive editions of the Jamaica Handicap, Chance Play was also the damsire of Next Move, the 1950 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and 1952 American Champion Older Female Horse.
|Fairy Gold||Bend Or||Doncaster|
|Queen of Cyprus|
|Qu'elle Est Belle II||Rock Sand||Sainfoin|
|Queen's Bower||St. Florian|
- ↑ Chance Play's pedigree and partial racing stats
- ↑ New York Times - January 15, 1925
- ↑ St. Petersburg, Florida Evening Independent - May 14, 1925
- ↑ New York Times - May 17, 1925
- ↑ New York Times - August 30, 1925
- ↑ Los Angeles Times - September 13, 1925
- ↑ Miami News - June 8, 1926
- ↑ New York Times - July 15, 1926
- ↑ New York Times July 20, 1926
- ↑ New York Times - October 3, 1926
- ↑ February 1, 2008 New York Times books excerpt from The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg
- ↑ Thoroughbred Heritage American Horse of the Year selections
- ↑ Wilmington, Delaware Sunday Morning Star - September 9, 1928
- ↑ Los Angeles times - May 12, 1937