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Desert Vixen

Desert Vixen
Sire In Reality
Dam Desert Trial
Grandsire Intentionally
Damsire Moslem Chief
Gender Filly
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Color Dark Bay
Breeder Muriel Vanderbilt
Owner Harry T. Mangurian, Jr.
Trainer Thomas F. Root, Sr.
Record 28: 13-6-3
Earnings $421,538
Desert Vixen is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Desert Trial by In Reality. She was born around 1970 in the United States, and was bred by Muriel Vanderbilt.
Major wins
Alabama Stakes (1973)
Delaware Oaks (1973)
Monmouth Oaks (1973)
Test Stakes (1973)
Gazelle Handicap (1973)
Beldame Stakes (1973 & 1974)
Matchmaker Handicap (1974)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly (1973)
U.S. Champion Older Female Horse (1974)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1979)
Desert Vixen Stakes at Calder Race Course
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 29, 2006

Desert Vixen (1970–1982) was an American Hall of Fame Champion Thoroughbred racehorse.


The Filly began racing at age two but met with limited success, winning only one of her five starts. At age three, Desert Vixen was the dominant filly in her class, winning eight straight races including a number of important Grade I stakes and tying a track record. Her performance earned her the 1973 Eclipse Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly.

At age four, Desert Vixen started slowly but then earned three impressive wins in her eleven races. One her three 2nd place finishes came when she raced on turf for the first time in her career in the prestigious Washington, D.C. International. In that Grade I race, she finished behind winner Admetus but ahead of the superstar filly Dahlia, who had won the race in 1973. Desert Vixen won her second Beldame Stakes by 12 lengths and tied the Atlantic City Race Course track record in winning the Matchmaker Handicap. Her 1974 performances earned a second Eclipse Award as U.S. Champion Older Female Horse.

As a broodmare, Desert Vixen produced Real Shadai, the leading sire in Japan in 1993.

In 1979, Desert Vixen was inducted into the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. She died in 1982 and is buried at Breckinridge Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.



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