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Effervescing (horse)

Sire Le Fabuleux
Dam Sparkling
Grandsire Wild Risk
Damsire Bold Ruler
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1973
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Ogden Phipps
Owner Mel Hatley & Albert Yank
Trainer John W. Russell
D. Wayne Lukas (age 5)
Record 28:12-3-4
Earnings $505,870.
Effervescing is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sparkling by Le Fabuleux. He was born around 1973 in the United States, and was bred by Ogden Phipps.
Major wins
Man o' War Stakes (1976)
Round Table Handicap (1976)
Sword Dancer Handicap (1977)
American Handicap (1978)
Citation Handicap (1978)
Eddie Read Handicap (1978)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 27, 2008

Effervescing (foaled 1973 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred stallion racehorse. Bred by Ogden Phipps, he was a son of the French sire Le Fabuleux whose other significant progeny included American multiple Grade I winner, The Bart and Dauphin Fabuleux, the 1984 Canadian Horse of the Year. He was out of the American mare, Sparkling whose U.S. Racing Hall of Fame sire Bold Ruler was an inductee and the Leading sire in North America eight times.

Effervescing was a stakes winner at the age 3, 4 and 5 he was one of the first successful trainees by D. Wayne Lukas who assumed him at age 5 when he had swollen ankle.

At the age of three and going off at long shot odds of 24-1 he won the $112,500 Man O' War Stakes on Belmont Park's turf course October 11, 1976 [1]

At age four, he won at Saratoga Race Course the turf-run Sword Dancer Handicap with future Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. up

Two Stakes Wins, Five Days Apart

At the age of five Effervescing set a record – much to the dismay naysayers - when he won two $100,000+ purse stakes races within one week. He was victorious in both the $110,500 American Handicap on turf by 3-lengths [2] and then the Citation Handicap on dirt, both at Hollywood Park in 1978 on July 4 and July 10 respectively. Laffit Pincay, Jr. was the jockey for both efforts.

At the time the American Handicap was a Grade 2 race and the Citation, having its first running just the year before, was upgraded.

According to Lukas' autobiography "D. Wayne", Albert Yank, one of the owners, after the American Handicap victory wanted to run the horse in a stakes race in Chicago later in the fall. When Lukas said he wanted to run the horse back again in five days the reply was Are you drinking your own bathwater?. Albert Yank gave in after Lukas held his ground.[3]

Effervescing won the Eddie Read Handicap (a turf race at 9 furlongs) at Del Mar Racetrack also in 1978 with Laffit his rider again.[4]

At Stud

Effervescing stood at Ashford Stud in Kentuckty. Per his pedigree records, he is the sire of two Champions and sixteen stakes winners, with earnings of 4,674,623[5]


  • DeVito, Carlo. D. Wayne : The High-Rolling and Fast Times of America's Premier Horse Trainer (2002) McGraw-Hill ISBN 0-07-138737-4


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