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Fabius (horse)

Sire Citation
Dam Shameen
Grandsire Bull Lea
Damsire Royal Minstrel
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1953
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Calumet Farm
Owner Calumet Farm
Trainer Horace A. Jones
Record 65: 18-9-12
Earnings $ 331,384
Fabius is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Shameen by Citation. He was born around 1953 in the United States, and was bred by Calumet Farm.
Major wins

Forerunner Stakes (1956)
Derby Trial Stakes (1956)
Jersey Stakes (1956)
Armed Handicap (1957)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1956)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Fabius (foaled 1953 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1956 Preakness Stakes. Bred and raced by Lexington, Kentucky's renowned Calumet Farm, he was out of the mare Shameen, a daughter of the British Eclipse Stakes winner Royal Minstrel who was a son of the 2,000 Guineas Stakes winner, Tetratema. Fabius was sired by the great Citation, winner of the 1948 U.S. Triple Crown and a Hall of Fame inductee.

Trained by Jimmy Jones, in his first race of 1956 Fabius won the Florida Purse at Hialeah Park Race Track under regular jockey Bill Hartack. They then ran third in both the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park and Hialeah's Flamingo Stakes. His win in the Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs made him the second choice by bettors for the Kentucky Derby behind the heavily favored Needles whom Fabius had lost to in the Flamingo. In the Derby, Fabius took over the lead by the time the field reached the mile pole but in the final yards could not hold off Needles and finished second by three-quarters of a length.

1956 Preakness Stakes

In the Preakness Stakes, Fabius turned the tables on Needles. With his arch rival running near the back of the pack, just as he had in the Derby, Fabius made his move near the end of the backstretch and was in the lead as they turned for home. This time Needles could not catch him and Fabius won the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown by two lengths.

In the Belmont Stakes, C. V. Whitney's colt Career Boy, who had finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby but did not run in the Preakness, ran second behind winner, Needles, ahead of third-place finisher Fabius.

As a four-year-old, Fabius won the Armed Handicap at Gulfstream Park where he also ran second in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. Retired from racing, Fabius had limited success as a sire. From his few offspring, the best may have been multiple Canadian stakes winner, Fabe Count.



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