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Honest Pleasure

Honest Pleasure
Sire What A Pleasure
Dam Tularia
Grandsire Bold Ruler
Damsire Tulyar
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1973
Country United States
Color Dark Bay
Breeder Waldemar Farms
Owner Bertram R. Firestone
Trainer LeRoy Jolley
Record 25: 12-6-2
Earnings $839,997
Honest Pleasure is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Tularia by What A Pleasure. He was born around 1973 in the United States, and was bred by Waldemar Farms.
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1975)
Laurel Futurity Stakes (1975)
Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (1975)
Cowdin Stakes (1975)
Florida Derby (1976)
Flamingo Stakes (1976)
Travers Stakes (1976)
Blue Grass Stakes (1976)
Ben Ali Handicap (1977)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1975)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 5, 2007

Honest Pleasure (1973–1992) was an American thoroughbred stallion racehorse. Bred in Florida by Waldemar Farms, he was sired by leading American sire What A Pleasure, out of the mare Tularia, whose sire, Tulyar, was owned and bred by The Aga Khan IV and was a stakes winner in Ireland and England.

Guided by Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley, Honest Pleasure was a precocious two-year-old and dominated his division. He was purchased at the Saratoga yearling sales for $45,000 by Bertram and Diana Firestone in 1974. Headstrong like his grandsire, Bold Ruler, he liked to run in front and easily won the Champagne Stakes, Laurel Futurity Stakes, Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes, and the Cowdin Stakes. At the end of the year, he was named American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt.

1976 brought a rival in Bold Forbes, another colt with a similar ancestry in grandsire Bold Ruler and running style. Bold Forbes had raced only in Puerto Rico as a two-year-old but challenged Honest Pleasure at three.

Honest Pleasure blew through the Flamingo Stakes, winning it by 11 lengths in February, and went on to win the Florida Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes as the favorite.

Then came the Kentucky Derby. Afraid of a speed duel, Jolley had Honest Pleasure sit off the pace and but he made his move too late and was beaten to the wire by Bold Forbes. In the Preakness, Honest Pleasure and Bold Forbes went to the lead and dueled through 6 furlongs in 1:09 3/5, only to lose to Elocutionist, with Honest Pleasure placing a poor fifth. He did not enter the Belmont Stakes, leaving it to Bold Forbes.

Later that fall, he challenged older horses in the Marlboro Cup. Carrying 119 pounds and guided by Craig Perret, Honest Pleasure was a 3 year-old on a muddy track and leading most of the way. At the wire, a determined gelding named Forego, with a 137 lb. impost, headed him out of a victory in a photo finish.

At four, Honest Pleasure won the Ben Ali Handicap.


Retired to stud in 1977, Honest Pleasure sired several stakes winners. His progeny includes Judge Angelucci, Tres Paraiso, Honest Princess, and Bedside Promise.

Honest Pleasure died on August 17, 1992, at Harris Farms in California.



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