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Sire Vandale
Dam Flagette
Grandsire Plassy
Damsire Escamillo
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1956
Country France
Color Bay
Breeder not found
Owner Simone Del Duca
Trainer Pierre Pelat
Record 8: 6-1-0
Earnings 850,510
Herbager is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Flagette by Vandale. He was born around 1956 in France, and was bred by not found.
Major wins

Prix Seraphine (1958)
Prix Greffulhe (1959)
Prix Hocquart (1959)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1959)
Prix du Prince d'Orange (1959)

French Classic Race wins:
Prix du Jockey Club (1959)
French Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (1959)
Timeform rating: 136
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 5, 2010

Herbager (1956–1976) was an French Champion Thoroughbred racehorse and an influential sire in both France and the United States. Out of the mare, Escamillo, he was sired by Vandale, a horse known for his staying power who won the 1946 Prix du Conseil Municipal and whom Herbager would help make the 1959 Leading sire in France.

Owned by Simone Del Duca and trained by Pierre Pelat, Herbager made two starts at age two, finishing second once and winning the Prix Seraphine. At age three, Herbager was the best colt in his age group in France, winning important races including the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the Classic French Derby [1] in which he earned an impressive Timeform rating of 136. His racing career ended when he sustained a serious leg injuring while competing in the 1959 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

At stud

Herbager was retired to stud for the 1960 season in France and in December 1964 was sold for US$700,000 to the prominent Kentucky breeder, Bull Hancock. Hancock then syndicated Herbager to various clients of his Claiborne Farm. [2] At Claiborne Farm, Herbager sired sixty-four stakes winners and became a major stamina influence.

Herbager was the sire of:

  • Big Spruce (b. 1969) - Grade 1 winner and sire of forty-three stakes winners

Damsire: Some of Herbager's daughters who produced foals that went on to racing success include:

Herbager died in 1976 at age twenty at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky and is buried in their Marchmont Farm division's equine cemetery.


  • McLean, Ken. Designing Speed in the Racehorse (2006) Russell Meerdink Co. Ltd. ISBN 978-0929346809


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