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Hillsdale (horse)

Hillsdale
Sire Take Away
Dam Johann
Grandsire Aneroid
Damsire Johnstown
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1955
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Murlogg Farm
Owner Clarence Whitted Smith
Trainer Martin L. Fallon, Jr.
Record 41: 23-6-4
Earnings $646,935
Summary
Hillsdale is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Johann by Take Away. He was born around 1955 in the United States, and was bred by Murlogg Farm.
Major wins
Michigan Derby (1958)
Will Rogers Stakes (1958)
Malibu Stakes (1958)
San Fernando Stakes (1959)
Santa Anita Maturity (1959)
Boardwalk Handicap (1958)
Aqueduct Handicap (1959)
American Invitational Handicap (1959)
Californian Stakes (1959)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1959)
Los Angeles Handicap (1959)
San Carlos Handicap (1959)
Argonaut Handicap (1959)
Honors
Hillsdale Stakes at Hoosier Park
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Hillsdale (foaled 1955 in Indiana) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by Take Away who did not distinguish himself on the race track, but grandsire Aneroid did. Aneroid's wins on the U.S. East Coast included the Suburban and Carter Handicaps, plus he defeated Seabiscuit in the 1938 San Antonio Handicap in California. Hillsdale's dam was Johann, a daughter of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Johnstown.

Purchased by Clarence Smith, Hillsdale's less than stellar parentage kept his selling price at a very reasonable $25,000. Trained by Martin L. Fallon, Jr., Hillsdale raced at a time when he went head-to-head with four other outstanding horses. He competed against Harry Guggenheim's colt Bald Eagle, and future Hall of Fame inductees, Round Table, Tim Tam, and Sword Dancer.

At age three, he won five important races on both coasts, the last of which was the Malibu Stakes, the first leg of the Strub Series. He followed up in early 1959 by winning the San Fernando Stakes and the Santa Anita Maturity, becoming the second of just five horses who have ever won the Strub Series. In thirteen starts in 1959, the three-year-old Hillsdale won ten important stakes, including seven in a row, and finished second in his other three. His most important win came in the Hollywood Gold Cup. He defeated Round Table in the San Carlos Handicap and on the East Coast he beat Bald Eagle in winning the Aqueduct Handicap. In the Woodward Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hillsdale beat Round Table again but finished second to Sword Dancer.

Retired to stud duty, Hillsdale's first foals were born in 1962, his last in 1973. Although he produced several stakes winners, none achieved his level of success.

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