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Granville (horse)

Granville
Sire Gallant Fox
Dam Gravita
Grandsire Sir Gallahad III
Damsire Sarmatian
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1933
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Belair Stud
Owner William Woodward, Sr.
Trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons
Record 18: 8-4-3
Earnings $111,820
Summary
Granville is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Gravita by Gallant Fox. He was born around 1933 in the United States, and was bred by Belair Stud.
Major wins

Arlington Classic (1936)
Saratoga Cup (1936)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1936)
Kenner Stakes (1936)
Travers Stakes (1936)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1936)
Awards
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1936)
Horse of the Year (1936)
Honors
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1997)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 14, 2007

Granville (1933-not found) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse. Owned and bred by prominent horseman William Woodward, Sr. at his Belair Stud in Bowie, Maryland, Granville was sired by U.S. Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox and out of the mare Gravita.

Racing at age two under future Hall of Fame trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Granville was unimpressive. He won only one of seven starts with his most noteworthy finish in a major race coming in the Champagne Stakes in which he finished third. The following year, in the run-up to the 1936 Kentucky Derby, Granville finished a strong second to Teufel in the Wood Memorial Stakes. In the Derby, won by Bold Venture, shortly after the start Granville threw jockey James Stout and as such finished last in the fourteen-horse field. However, he then embarked on what would be a brilliant three-year-old campaign with a second place finish by a nose to Bold Venture in the Preakness Stakes then won the Belmont Stakes. Granville went on to win the 1936 Arlington Classic at 1¼ miles plus much longer races such as the 1⅝ mile Lawrence Realization Stakes and he defeated the great Discovery by eight lengths in the 1¾ mile Saratoga Cup.

Retired from racing after an ankle injury, Granville finished the year with seven wins and three seconds in his eleven starts and was voted U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt and the most prestigious honor in American Thoroughbred racing, Horse of the Year. Sent to horse breeding duty at his owners stud farm, Granville was less than successful as a sire with his last issue foaled in 1949.

In 1997, Granville was inducted in the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

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