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200 px
Sire King Alfonso
Dam Weatherwitch
Grandsire Phaeton
Damsire Weatherbit
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1877
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder A. J. Alexander
Owner J. S. Shawhan
Trainer Tice Hutsell
Record 12: 5-3-2
Earnings $8,175
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.
Major wins
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[1] 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.[2] The track was particularly dry and the dust, up to 5 inches thick, Fonso kicked up obscured the path for the other contenders [3]. 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[3]. Fonso had a career record of 12 starts, 5 wins, 3 places and 2 shows[1].

Fonso died at the age of 26 while standing as stud at the Oakwood Stud Farm in Lexington, Kentucky in 1903[2].



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