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Forty Niner (horse)

Forty Niner
Sire Mr. Prospector
Dam File
Grandsire Raise a Native
Damsire Tom Rolfe
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1985
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Claiborne Farm
Owner Claiborne Farm
Trainer Woody Stephens
Record 19: 11-5-0
Earnings $2,726,000
Forty Niner is a thoroughbred racehorse out of File by Mr. Prospector. He was born around 1985 in the United States, and was bred by Claiborne Farm.
Major wins
Sanford Stakes (1987)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1987)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1987)
Champagne Stakes (1987)
Lafayette Stakes (1988)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1988)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (1988)
NYRA Mile Handicap (1988)
Travers Stakes (1988)
United States Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1987)
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1988)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 14, 2008

Forty Niner (foaled in 1985 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred Stallion racehorse. By Champion sire Mr. Prospector and out of the mare, File, Forty Niner was the U.S. Champion colt at age two.

Bred and raced by the renowned Claiborne Farm, Forty Niner was one of the Winterbook betting favorites to win the 1988 Kentucky Derby. Although he drew the disadvantageous post position seventeen in the Derby, he quickly moved into contention and with a strong stretch drive, finished second by a neck to the filly, Winning Colors. In the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness Stakes, he finished seventh to winner Risen Star.

Forty Niner did not run in the Belmont Stakes, but in the fall won the important Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

As a stallion

Retired to stud duty after the 1988 racing season, Forty Niner notably sired Distorted Humor, Coronado's Quest, Ecton Park, and Belmont Stakes winner, Editor's Note. Forty Niner is also the grandsire of Sharp Humor, 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, and Japan's, Admire Moon.

He was leading freshman sire in 1992 and third leading sire by U.S. earnings in 1996. His son, End Sweep, gained leading freshman sire honors in 1998.

Forty Niner was sent to Japan in 1995 and currently stands at the Shizunai Stallion Station. In 2009, grandson Twin Sparks set a new world record for six furlongs on dirt.


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