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Hoist The Flag

Hoist The Flag
Sire Tom Rolfe
Dam Wavy Navy
Grandsire Ribot
Damsire War Admiral
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1968
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder John M. Schiff
Owner Jane Forbes Clark I
Trainer Sidney Watters, Jr.
Record 6: 5-0-0
Earnings US$78,145
Hoist The Flag is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Wavy Navy by Tom Rolfe. He was born around 1968 in the United States, and was bred by John M. Schiff.
Major wins
Cowdin Stakes (1970)
Bay Shore Stakes (1971)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1970)
Leading broodmare sire in North America (1987)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Hoist The Flag (1968–1980) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by New York City Investment banker, John Schiff, he was out of the mare Wavy Navy, a daughter of the 1937 U.S. Triple Crown champion, War Admiral. His sire was Tom Rolfe, the 1965 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse and a son of the undefeated European superstar, Ribot.

Hoist The Flag was purchased as a yearling for $37,000 by Jane Forbes Clark I (née Wilbur), wife of noted philanthropist Stephen C. Clark, Jr. who also owned and raced top steeplechase horses. The colt's race conditioning was handled by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer, Sidney Watters, Jr. and his jockey was Jean Cruguet, who six years later would ride Seattle Slew to a U.S. Triple Crown championship.

As a two-year-old, Hoist The Flag dominated his age group and was the heavy winterbook favorite for the 1971 Kentucky Derby. En route to being voted the 1970 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Hoist The Flag finished first by several lengths in each of his four starts but in the Champagne Stakes was disqualified from first and set back to last for interference during the early stages of the race. He came out of the race with sore shins and was sent to recuperate at facilities in Camden, South Carolina.

For 1971, Hoist The Flag was assigned highweight of 126 pounds by The Jockey Club's Experimental Free Handicap. He did not return to racing until March 12, 1971 when he blew away the competition by 15 lengths in an overnight race at Bowie Race Track.[1] In his next start on March 20, the colt won the Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack by seven lengths while setting a new track record. No three-year-old had ever run seven furlongs faster than the 1:21 Hoist The Flag clocked in winning the Bay Shore.[2]

Shock absorption of the pastern.

On March 30, 1971, Hoist The Flag was at Belmont Park where he was scheduled to run in the Gotham Stakes as a tune-up before the Kentucky Derby. Following a five furlong workout, the colt took a misstep and broke his right hind leg in two places, suffering a shattered pastern and a fractured cannon bone that ended his racing career and put his life in jeopardy. Veterinary Surgeons performed a bone graft, using screws and metal plates to secure the breaks then created the first ever fiberglass cast to wrap around the horse's leg.[citation needed] While Hoist The Flag eventually recovered, in 2006, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro would suffer a very similar injury but following surgery developed laminitis and had to be euthanized .

As a sire

Following his recovery from surgery, Hoist The Flag was sent to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky where he sired 254 live foals. Successful as a sire and as a broodmare sire, he was the leading juvenile sire in North America in 1981 and the leading broodmare sire in 1987. Among his notable offspring, Hoist The Flag was the sire of:

Hoist The Flag was the damsire of:

  • Personal Flag (b. 1983) - multiple Grade 1 winner, career earnings of US$$1,258,924
  • Cryptoclearance (b. 1984) - Multiple Grade 1 winner, career earnings of US$3,376,327

Hoist the Flag died in 1980 and is buried at Claiborne Farm.

In a 2004 televised interview, jockey Jean Cruguet, perhaps best known for his Triple Crown victory on Seattle Slew, said Hoist The Flag was the best horse he ever rode.[3]

Pedigree of Hoist The Flag
Tom Rolfe
Ribot Tenerani Bellini
Romanella El Greco
Barbara Burrini
Pocahontas Roman Sir Gallahad
How Princequillo
The Squaw
Wavy Navy
War Admiral Man o' War Fair Play
Brushup Sweep
Annette K.
Triomphe Tourbillon Ksar
Melibee Firdaussi




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