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In the Wings (horse)

In the Wings
Sire Sadler's Wells
Dam High Hawk
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Shirley Heights
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1986
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Sheikh Mohammed
Owner Sheikh Mohammed
Trainer André Fabre
Record 11: 7-1-0
Earnings £968,660
In the Wings is a thoroughbred racehorse out of High Hawk by Sadler's Wells. He was born around 1986 in Great Britain, and was bred by Sheikh Mohammed.
Major wins

Prix de Vineuil (1988)
Prix du Haras de la Huderie (1988)
Prix du Prince d'Orange (1989)
Coronation Cup (1990)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1990)
Prix Foy (1990)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Turf (1990)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

In the Wings (1986–2004) was a Thoroughbred racehorse who raced from a base in France. Bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and trained in France by André Fabre, on June 17, 1988 at Chantilly Racecourse, In the Wings made a winning debut in the 1988 Prix de Vineuil under jockey Cash Asmussen. Rider and horse next won August's Prix du Haras de la Huderie at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse. The colt did not race again until September 1989 but the then three-year-old picked up where he left off, winning the Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. In his next start, In the Wings suffered his first defeat, finishing eleventh in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe against the some of the best older horses in Europe.

In the Wings returned to race in France as a four-year-old in 1990. On April 29, he finished second in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp before winning June's Group One Coronation Cup at England's Epsom Downs. He then returned to France where he won the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. After finishing fifth in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse, In the Wings won the September Prix Foy at Longchamp. In his second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he finished fourth but then won the richest race of his career at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on October 27, 1990. Ridden by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, In the Wings won the US$2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, defeating such notable runners as With Approval (2nd), Saumarez, (5th), Pleasant Tap (8th), and Sky Classic (11th).

Following his win in the Breeders' Cup, In the Wings was retired to stud duty. A successful sire, among his notable offspring were:

  • Soldier Hollow (b. 2000) - 2004 German Horse of the Year, career earnings of £836,728

Suffering from laminitis, at age eighteen In the Wings was humanely euthanized in 2004.

Pedigree of In The Wings
Sadler's Wells
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason Hail To Reason
Special Forli
High Hawk
Shirley Heights Mill Reef Never Bend
Milan Mill
Hardiemma Hardicanute
Grand Cross
Sunbittern Sea Hawk Herbager
Sea Nymph
Pantoufle Panaslipper
Etoile de France



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