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Eddington (horse)

Sire Unbridled
Dam Fashion Star
Grandsire Fappiano
Damsire Chief's Crown
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2001
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Carl Rosen Associates
Owner Willmott Stables
Trainer Mark Hennig
Record 17: 6-3-6
Earnings US$ 1,216,760
Eddington is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Fashion Star by Unbridled. He was born around 2001 in the United States, and was bred by Carl Rosen Associates.
Major wins
Pimlico Special Handicap (2005)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (2005)
Calder Derby (2004)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Eddington (foaled in 2001) is a millionaire American Thoroughbred racehorse and successful sire. Bred in Kentucky by Carl Rosen and Associates and raced under the Willmott Stables banner (Nom de course for Peter Willmott). He finished racing with a record of 6-3-6 in 17 starts with career earnings of $1,216,760. Eddington was best known for his wins in the grade one Pimlico Special and the grade two Gulfstream Park Handicap as well as his in-the-money showing in the grade one Preakness Stakes.[1] His owners at Willmott Stables named him after Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, who was a British astronomer who pioneered in the investigation of the internal structure of stars.


Two year-old season

Eddington was a late developing colt that only raced once as two year-old. He placed second in his first time out. In fact it was the late start in his career, his lack of experience and most of all, his lack of graded stakes earnings that kept him out of the 2004 Kentucky Derby.

Three year-old season

At age three he sprinted up the ladder of success very quicky, winning his maiden and an allowance race both at Gulfstream Park. He started the year out on a high note by winning the grade three Calder Derby at nine furlongs on the Turf at Calder Race Course on New Year's Day. He would have enormous success by finishing in-the-money in five graded stakes races later that year.

On the road to the Triple Crown Eddington placed third in New York's two biggest prep races at Aqueduct Racetrack. He finished third to Saratoga County in the $250,000 grade three Gotham Stakes. Then he followed that up with a solid third in a very strong field of three year-old colts in the $750,000 grade one Wood Memorial Stakes to Tapit.

He was then entered by his trainer Mark Hennig into a very ambitious spot the $1,000,000 grade one Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. As the field of eleven stakes winners went into the club house turn, Derby runner-up Lion Heart led while horse of the year, Smarty Jones sat right off his flank as Eddington fell back to a stalkers position in sixth. Going into the far turn, Lion Heart sprinted out to a three length lead as most of the field bunch up together. As the field hit the top of the stretch, Smarty Jones passed Lion Heart and widened his lead with every stride. Eddington was placed seventh but started closing on the leaders except Smarty Jones who went on to break a 130 year old record for largest winning margin. Rock Hard Ten finished second and Eddington finished third claiming the $100,000 show money.

Later that summer Eddington had another late close to place third in the grade one Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course to Belmont winner Birdstone. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the autumn in the grade three Pegasus Stakes at Meadowlands Racetrack. He finished his sophomore season with a record of (11): 3-2-4 for annual earnings of $605,360.

Four year-old season

At age four Eddington started the year off with another placing when he finished third in the grade one Donn Handicap behind Saint Liam and Roses In May. He won an allowance race and then won the $300,000 grade two Gulfstream Park Handicap by three and a half lengths over Pies Prospect avenging his Pegasus loss. The ultimate bride's maid finished third again in the Oaklawn Handicap behind Grand Reward and Second of June.

Pimlico Special win

In May of 2005, Eddington finally broke through and won his first grade one race in the $600,000 Pimlico Special at nine and a half furlongs on the dirt at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. In that race Eddington defeated seven stakes winners from around the country by daylight winning by five and a half lengths over highly regarded Pollard's Vision and Presidentialaffair. That race turned out to be his last as Eddington was injured working out one month later. He went out a winner, a grade one winner. He finished his four year-old season with five for five in-the-money finishes with a record of (5): 3-0-2 and annual earnings of $602,200.[2]


Eddington was retired on June 29, 2005. He was retired to Claiborne Farm due to soft tissue injury in a front leg. He now stands at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky.

In the 2008 breeding season, Eddington's stud fee was $20,000. In October 2008, Claiborne Farm announced it would drop his stud fee to $15,000 for the 2009 breeding season.[3] For the 2010 breeding season, Eddington's stud fee was halved to $7500.[4]

In 2009 Eddington's progeny has had ten different race winners.


  1. Pedigree Online, Thoroughbred Database;[1].
  2. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 52 on March 3, 2007.
  3. "Claiborne Farm lowers stud fees for five stallions." The Thoroughbred Times, Oct 10, 2008. http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/breeding-news/2008/October/10/Claiborne-Farm-lowers-stud-fees-for-five-stallions.aspx
  4. The Thoroughbred Times Stallion Directory, http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/stallion-directory/stallion.aspx?stallion_no=6132134

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