|Breeder||A. J. Alexander|
|Owner||J. S. Shawhan|
|Fonso is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Weatherwitch by King Alfonso. He was born around 1877 in the United States, and was bred by A. J. Alexander.|
Maiden Stakes (1879)|
Colt Stakes (1879)
Phoenix Stakes (1880)
American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1880)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Fonso (1877–1903) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and was the winner of the 1880 Kentucky Derby. Fonso was bred in Kentucky and was a chestnut colt sired by King Alfonso out of the mare Weatherwitch.
Fonso also won the Phoenix Stakes as a three year old, but is best remembered for beating the favored Kimball in the 1880 Kentucky Derby. The track was particularly dry and the dust, up to 5 inches thick, Fonso kicked up obscured the path for the other contenders . Fonso finished the race with a one length lead at a time of 2:37.50 and won $3800. The owner of Kimball called a foul in the race against Fonso, but the placing was not altered. Fonso had a career record of 12 starts, 5 wins, 3 places and 2 shows.
Fonso died at the age of 26 while standing as stud at the Oakwood Stud Farm in Lexington, Kentucky in 1903.