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Cicada (horse)

Sire Bryon G
Dam Satsuma
Grandsire Blenheim II
Damsire Bossuet
Gender Filly
Foaled 1959
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Meadow Stud, Inc.
Owner Meadow Stable
Trainer Casey Hayes
Record 42 Starts: 23 - 8 - 6
Earnings $783,674
Cicada is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Satsuma by Bryon G. She was born around 1959 in the United States, and was bred by Meadow Stud, Inc. .
Major wins
Blue Hen Stakes (1961)
Schuylerville Stakes (1961)
Spinaway Stakes (1961)
Matron Stakes (1961)
Astarita Stakes (1961)
Frizette Stakes (1961)
Gardenia Stakes (1961)
Kentucky Oaks (1962)
Acorn Stakes (1962)
La Troienne Stakes (1962)
Mother Goose Stakes (1962)
Beldame Stakes (1962)
Jersey Belle Stakes (1962)
Columbiana Handicap (1963)
Distaff Handicap (1963)
Vagrancy Handicap (1963)
Sheepshead Bay Handicap (1963)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1961)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1962)
American Champion Older Female Horse (1963)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1967)
#62 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Cicada (May 9, 1959–1981) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse bred by Christopher Chenery's Meadow Stud. A bay filly by Bryan G, she was out of Satsuma whose dam was Hildene, a "blue hen" mare and the first horse owned by Chenery. Sired by the 1926 Kentucky Derby winner Bubbling Over, Hildene cost him $600.

Cicada was trained by Casey Hayes, who also trained Hill Prince, First Landing, and Sir Gaylord. Hayes believed in starting his horses young, so Cicada first raced in February 1961 at Hialeah Park Race Track and won easily by four and a half lengths. She won one allowance race and lost one before being entered in her first stakes race. Still a bit green, she lost the Fashion Stakes but then romped home in her third allowance. And then she wired the Blue Hen Stakes, winning by five and a half lengths. Cicada was never out of the money in her sixteen starts as a two-year-old. She won eleven of those races, six of them consecutively . The money she earned in that first year was a record for her sex.

In her first race as a three year old, she took on her elders as well as males, and won. By now, racing officials were piling on the weight. Carrying much more weight than her competitors, Cicada continued to win or place. After she won the Oaks Prep with ease, there was talk of entering her in the Kentucky Derby but it didn't happen. It proved a fateful decision, since Sir Gaylord, who had been entered instead, turned up lame. Cicada went into the Kentucky Oaks and won by three lengths. By now, Cicada had replaced Bewitch as the world’s leading money-winning female Thoroughbred. She was also breaking records every time she raced.

During a workout, Cicada suffered a small injury that could have easily been treated. However, it was decided to retire her rather than risk serious hurt. As a broodmare, Cicada was not a great success. In her first season, she proved barren and was returned to the races. Retired a second time, she produced Cicada's Pride, by Sir Gaylord, who won the 1968 Juvenile Stakes at Belmont Park.

Cicada lived until she was 22, dying in 1981.


    • Robinson, William, "The History of Thoroughbred Racing in America"


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