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First Landing (horse)

First Landing
Sire Turn-To
Dam Hildene
Grandsire Royal Charger
Damsire Bubbling Over
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1956
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Meadow Stud, Inc.
Owner Meadow Stable
Trainer Casey Hayes
Record 37:19-9-2
Earnings $779,577
First Landing is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Hildene by Turn-To. He was born around 1956 in the United States, and was bred by Meadow Stud, Inc..
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1958)
Great American Stakes (1958)
Monmouth Handicap (1958)
Hopeful Stakes (1958)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1958)
Garden State Futurity (1958)
Derby Trial (1959)
Everglades Stakes (1959)
U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (1958)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on November 20, 2006

First Landing (1956-1987) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Sired by Turn-To, a grandson of the great Nearco, he was out of the mare, Hildene, whose sire was the 1926 Kentucky Derby winner, Bubbling Over. Hildene was completely blind and died when First Landing was a yearling.

Nicknamed "Lazy Bones", First Landing was the American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt but would not achieve the same success racing at age three. In the 1959 racing season, he finished second in the Wood Memorial Stakes then after winning the Derby Trial was made the betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby. However, ridden by Eddie Arcaro he finished a well-beaten third behind Sword Dancer and winner, English-bred Tomy Lee.

Retired to Christopher Chenery's stud farm, First Landing sired a number of Graded stakes race winners including Jim J. (1964), Ballustrade (1965), Artfully (b.1973), Stutz Bearcat (b.1975) and his most important, U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Riva Ridge who won the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

First Landing died at the age of 31, in 1987.



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