Devil His Due
|Devil His Due|
|Damsire||Raise a Cup|
|Breeder||Peter E. Blum|
|Owner||Blue Ribbon Farm|
|Trainer||H. Allen Jerkens|
|Devil His Due is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Plenty O'Toole by Devil's Bag. He was born around 1989 in the United States, and was bred by Peter E. Blum.|
Pimlico Special Handicap(1993)|
Wood Memorial Stakes (1992)
Gotham Stakes (1992)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (1993)
Suburban Handicap (1993 & 1994)
Excelsior Handicap (1993)
Brooklyn Handicap (1994)
Broward Handicap (1994)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Devil His Due (foaled in 1989) was multimillionaire American Thoroughbred racehorse and successful sire. Bred in Kentucky by Peter E. Blum and raced under the Blue Ribbon Farm banner, he had a record of 41: 11-12-3 with career earnings of $3,920,405. At the time of his retirement he was fourth on the all time career earnings list. Devil His Due was best known for his three races in the grade one Pimlico Special (1 win and 2 seconds) and his two wins in the grade one Suburban Handicap. Devil His Due was registered as a dark bay colt; but was later classified as a "true black."
Three year-old season
Devil His Due was a late developing colt and did not race as a two year-old. As a three year-old Devul His Due he raced a great deal starting in 15 races that year. His marquee wins both came at Aqueduct Racetrack when he won both of New York's top Triple Crown preps races. Devil His Due won the $500,000 grade one Wood Memorial Stakes at nine forlongs on the dirt. Prior to the Wood win he romped in the $250,000 grade two Gotham Stakes by four and one half lengths.
His triple crown experience in 1992 was less than spectacular after he finished eleventh in the Kentucky Derby way behind winner Lil E. Tee. Later that summer he placed third in the grade two Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course as a prep race for the Mid-summer Derby. In the $1,000,000 grade one Travers Stakes he ran an impressive second to Thunder Rumble. He finished the year with a record of (15): 4-2-1 and annual earnings of $688,365.
Four year-old season
At age four Devil His Due posted perhaps the best year of his career when he raced eleven times and won three grade one and a grade two stake races. In that year his race record was four wins, two second and two thirds in eleven races for earnings of $1,939,120.
In what turned out to be Devil His Due's greatest single race, he entered the Pimlico Special as a slight favorite at 1.3 to 1 over the prior year's Derby winner Strike the Gold at 1.7 to 1. That year the country's top racetracks, owners and breeders established a series of seven handicap races for older horses to showcase the industry's top division and called it the American Championship Racing Series or A.C.R.S. The Pimlico Special was the capstone of that series. As they broke from the gate and passed the stands for the first time Ibex took to lead by a length over Pistols and Roses while Devil His Due trailed two lengths behind him. Jockey Herb McCauley was content to keep Devil His Due in a stalking position of third throughout the first mile. On the far turn Valley Crossings passed everyone to lead the race. Devil His Due and Pistols and Roses made a charge at the leader but only the Devil could get by. Devil His Due finished the race in 1:55.2 on a track listed as fast. Valley Crossings finished second and Pistils and Roses finished third. Derby winner Strike the Gold was never a factor and finished sixth. That win in the grade one $600,000 Special was the largest of his career but he also won a $150,000 bonus for winning the first half of the ACRS series (after four races).
Devil His Due also won the $400,000 grade one Gulfstream Park Handicap at ten furlongs at Gulfstream Park, the $300,000 grade one Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park that year. In other races at age four, Devil His Due won the grade two Excelsior Handicap was second in the grade one Woodward Stakes, the grade one Philip H. Iselin Handicap and ran third in the grade one Whitney Handicap.
Five year-old season
Devil His Due repeated his steller season from a year prior by winning three graded stakes races placing in six more and showing in another in twelve races for annual earnings of $1,142,000. At age five he repeated his win in the prestigious grade one Suburban Handicap but also won the grade two Brooklyn Handicap both at Belmont Park. He also won the grade three Broward Handicap at Gulfstream Park in 1994. His runner-ip placings is a roll call of the country's top races with seconds in the grade one Jockey Club Gold Cup, the grade one Oaklawn Handicap, the grade one Pimlico Special, the grade one Woodward Stakes, the grade one Whitney Handicap, the grade one NYRA Mile Handicap and a third in the grade one Metropolitan Handicap.
Six year-old season
As as six year-old Devil His Due was in the twilight of his career and only raced three times between February and May 1995. In his last year of racing he placed second in the $110,000 grade three Westchester Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack. In his next start he finished off the board. His trainer and owner tried to place him in a very ambitious spot hoping that he was a horse for the course at Pimlico Race Course by running him against that decade's super horse in Cigar. Allen Jerkins who gained a reputation as a "Giant Killer" was tried to work his magic again and entered Devil His Due in his third Pimlico Special. As the gates opened up both Cigar and Devil His Due were placed first and second which was a reversal of both their running styles as stalkers. Jerry Bailey on Cigar and Roberto Ramos on Devil His Due set a very slow pace at 48 second for the first half mile. They pulled in front by sixth lengths going into the backstretch. As the horses hit the top of the stretch, Cigar pulled away and won by two and 1/4 lengths. Devil His Due turned back a mad rush from Breeders' Cup Classic winner Concern who closed to within a neck of the eventual runner-up. He took placed by another two and 3/4 lengths and earned $120,000 for his second place performance. In the process he set a career earnings record that still stands today for "Special" runners at $900,000. One of Devil His Due's claim to fame is that in an era of vast lasix and steroid use, he ran completely drug free in 41 starts a total of over 44 miles of racing.
Devil His Due is standing at Margaux Farm, LLC in Midway, Kentucky. As a sire, Devil His Due was considered by all a success as his progeny earned over $35 million in earning. Some of his prominent offspring included; grade one winner Roses In May who earned $5,480,187; graded stakes winner Spite The Devil with earnings of $849,512; grade two winning top filly She's a Devil with earnings of $533,820; Devil Time with earnings of $490,351; Hostility with earnings of $401,829 and in 2008 multiple stakes winner Stop a Train with earnings of $482,084.