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Gamely (horse)

Gamely
Sire Bold Ruler
Dam Gambetta
Grandsire Nasrullah
Damsire My Babu
Gender Filly
Foaled 1964
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Claiborne Farm
Owner William Haggin Perry
Trainer James W. Maloney
Record 41 Starts: 16-9-6
Earnings $574,961
Summary
Gamely is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Gambetta by Bold Ruler. She was born around 1964 in the United States, and was bred by Claiborne Farm.
Major wins
Princess Stakes (1967)
Test Stakes (Division 1, 1967)
Alabama Stakes (1967)
Vanity Handicap (1968)
Santa Margarita Handicap (1968)
Santa Maria Handicap (1968)
Beldame Stakes (1968 & 1969)
Inglewood Handicap (1968)
Wilshire Handicap (1968, 1969)
Santa Monica Handicap (1969)
Diana Handicap (1969)
Awards
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1967)
American Champion Older Female Horse
(1968)
American Co-Champion Older Female Horse (1969)
Honors
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1979)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1980)
#87 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park Racetrack
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 11, 2008

Gamely (1964–1975) was a Thoroughbred race horse bred and born at Claiborne Farm outside Paris, Kentucky. Gamely's dam was the stakes-winning mare Gambetta, and her sire was the great sire Bold Ruler. Gambetta's dam, Rough Shod II, also produced the splendid filly Moccasin, the fine colt Ridan, and Lt. Stevens, a major stakes winner. Owned by William Haggin Perry, his feeling for Gamely, the filly with the Roman nose, was reflected in the name of his breeding operation: The Gamely Corporation.

As for racing, that came under the aegis of the Hall of Fame trainer James Maloney. The filly stood over 16.2 hands high and Maloney felt she was too big to race as a two-year-old. Like the great Longfellow many years before her, and the enormous Roseben as well, her legs got in her way as a youngster. Therefore, Gamely's career only began in her third year. She began in California, winning the Princess Stakes, and coming second in the California Oaks and the Railbird Stakes. Then she was sent east to the venerable track at Saratoga, New York where she won the Test Stakes and the Alabama Stakes. In the Test, she set a seven-furlong track record.

Gamely's career can be summed up in her name. She was game, beating males in thrilling stretch duels (she was second to Dr. Fager in the 1968 Californian Stakes), carrying heavy weights, and running for three seasons in 41 races.

When she retired in her fifth year, Gamely's winnings were the highest among her sire, Bold Ruler's, offspring.

Bred to Round Table twice, and twice producing a foal, she died of a ruptured stomach five days after her second foal. She is buried at Claiborne Farm.

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