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Golden Pheasant (horse)

Golden Pheasant
Sire Caro
Dam Perfect Pigeon
Grandsire Fortino
Damsire Round Table
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1986
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Carelaine Farm & Vintage Meadow Farm
Owner Bruce McNall & Wayne Gretzky
Trainer Jonathan Pease (Europe)
Charlie Whittingham (USA)
Record 22: 7-4-3
Earnings US$1,036,400
Golden Pheasant is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Perfect Pigeon by Caro. He was born around 1986 in the United States, and was bred by Carelaine Farm & Vintage Meadow Farm.
Major wins
Prix Niel (1989)
Arlington Million (1990)
John Henry Handicap (1990)
Japan Cup (1991)
Inglewood Handicap (1992)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 7, 2007

Golden Pheasant (foaled 1986) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won races in France, England, the United States, and Japan. He was owned by the then owner of the Los Angeles Kings NHL ice hockey team, Bruce McNall, and superstar Hall of Fame player, Wayne Gretzky.

Trained by Jonathan Pease, Golden Pheasant raced in France and England at age three and four where under jockey Tony Cruz his wins included a victory over Nashwan in the 1989 Prix Niel at Longchamp Racecourse near Paris. The following year the four-year-old colt finished second in both the Chester Vase at Chester Racecourse in Chester, England, and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at Hippodrome de Saint-Cloud in Saint-Cloud, France. Golden Pheasant was then sent to race in the United States where he was conditioned by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer, Charlie Whittingham. Under jockey Gary Stevens, Golden Pheasant defeated top horses With Approval and Steinlen to win the Arlington Million at Chicago's Arlington Park. In 1991 Stevens rode him to victory in the Japan Cup.

Retired to stud duty, Golden Pheasant met with good success as a sire and currently stands at Lex Stud Shizunai-Cho, Shizunai-Gun, Hokkaidō, Japan.

To commemorate Golden Pheasant's winning both the Arlington Million and the Japan Cup, the Japan Racing Association gifted Arlington Park a Japanese cherry tree that was planted in the paddock area.



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