Grey Dawn II
|Breeder||Gertrude T. Widener|
|Owner||Gertrude T. Widener|
1) Etienne Pollet (France)|
2) Horatio Luro (USA)
|Grey Dawn is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Polamia by Herbager. He was born around 1962 in France, and was bred by Gertrude T. Widener.|
Prix de la Salamandre (1964)|
Prix Morny (1964)
Grand Critérium (1964)
Prix de Fontainebleau (1965)
Brandywine Turf Handicap (1966)
French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1964)|
Leading broodmare sire in North America (1990)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Grey Dawn (1962–1991) was an French Thoroughbred Champion racehorse who was the only horse to ever beat the great Sea Bird. Grey Dawn was bred and raced by American Gertrude Widener, a member by marriage of the prominent racing Widener family. She maintained homes and racing stables in New York City and Paris.
Trained by Etienne Pollet, in 1964 Grey Dawn defeated Sea Bird to win the Grand Critérium. Combined with wins in the Prix de la Salamandre and Prix Morny, he earned French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors.
At age three, Grey Dawn won the Prix de Fontainebleau and notably ran second in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas). He was sent to the United States to race in 1966 where he was required to be registered as Grey Dawn II. Under trainer Horatio Luro, Grey Dawn won a division of the Brandywine Turf Handicap at Delaware Park Racetrack  and was third in the Tidal Handicap.
As a sire
Retired to stud at Domino Stud Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, Grey Dawn was a successful sire of seventy-three stakes winners. The broodmare sire of more than one hundred and twenty-five stakes winners, in 1990 he was the Leading broodmare sire in North America.
Grey Dawn was the sire of:
- Vigors (b. 1973) - wins include the 1977 Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap and 1978 Santa Anita Handicap
- Bounding Basque (b. 1980) - career earner of $1,256,258. Wins include Wood Memorial Stakes and Brooklyn Handicap
Grey Dawn was the damsire of:
- Waquoit (b. 1983) - multiple stakes winner in the United States with career earnings in excess of US$2.2 million
- Itsallgreektome (b. 1987) - 1990 American Champion Male Turf Horse and sire of Preakness Stakes winners Gate Dancer and Louis Quatorze
Grey Dawn died in 1991 at age twenty-nine, and a rarity, was still active in the breeding shed. He was buried in the equine cemetery at Domino Stud Farm.