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Dahlia (horse)

Sire Vaguely Noble
Dam Charming Alibi
Grandsire Vienna
Damsire Honeys Alibi
Gender Mare
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Nelson Bunker Hunt
Owner Nelson Bunker Hunt
Allen E. Paulson (1988)
Trainer Maurice Zilber
Charlie Whittingham (age 6)
Record 46: 15-3-7
Earnings $1,489,105
Dahlia is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Charming Alibi by Vaguely Noble. She was born around 1970 in the United States, and was bred by Nelson Bunker Hunt.
Major wins
Prix Yacowlef (1972)
Prix de la Grotte (1973)
Prix Saint-Alary (1973)
Irish Oaks (1973)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1973, 1974)
Prix Niel (1973)
Washington, D.C. International (1973)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1974)
Benson and Hedges Gold Cup (1974, 1975)
Man O' War Stakes (1974)
Canadian International Stakes (1974)
Hollywood Invitational Handicap (1976)
European Champion 3-Yr-Old (1973)
United Kingdom Horse of the Year (1973, 1974)
U.S. Champion Turf Horse (1974)
Timeform rating: 135
United States Racing Hall of Fame
#50 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Dahlia Handicap at Hollywood Park Racetrack
Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 7, 2006

Dahlia (1970–2001) was an American-bred Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse who won major races in France, England, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. She was extremely popular with racing fans because she frequently competed with male horses. Dahlia raced on turf in Europe, and during her career, there were few who could successfully compete with her over the grass.

Owned and bred by Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt, Dahlia was trained in France by Maurice Zilber. At age three, in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse she was last entering the short straightaway but then blew past the entire field to beat male horses her own age and older by six lengths including John W. Galbreath's Epsom Derby winner, Roberto. From there, Dahlia went on to become one of international racing's biggest stars during the 1970s and a multi award-winner in Europe and the United States.

Sent to race permanently in California in 1976, her training was then handled by Charlie Whittingham. Based at Hollywood Park Racetrack, she won the 1976 Hollywood Invitational Handicap, again defeating her male counterparts. At the end of the racing season Dahlia was retired and went on to an impressive record as a broodmare, something uncommon among great female racers. In 1988, her owner sold his racing operations and Dahlia was purchased by American owner/breeder Allen E. Paulson who sent her to Diamond A Farm in Kentucky. She remained there until her death in 2001 and was buried at the farm's horse cemetery.

Pedigree of Dahlia
Vaguely Noble
Vienna Aureole Hyperion
Turkish Blood Turkhan
Noble Lassie Nearco Pharos
Belle Sauvage Big Game
Tropical Sun
Charming Alibi
Honeys Alibi Alibhai Hyperion
Honeymoon Beau Pere
Adorada Hierocles Abjer
Gilded Wave Gallant Fox



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