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Invasor (horse)

Sire Candy Stripes
Dam Quendom
Grandsire Blushing Groom
Damsire Interprete
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2002
Country Argentina
Color Bay
Breeder Haras Clausan
Owner Stud 3 de Enero (2005)
Shadwell Stable
Trainer Anibal San Martin (2005)
Kiaran McLaughlin (2006-2007)
Record 12:11-0-0
Earnings $7,804,070
Invasor is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Quendom by Candy Stripes. He was born around 2002 in Argentina, and was bred by Haras Clausan.
Major wins
Pimlico Special (2006)
Suburban Handicap (2006)
Whitney Handicap (2006)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2006)
Donn Handicap (2007)
Dubai World Cup (2007)
Clásico Ensayo (2005)
Polla de Potrillos (2005)
GP Jockey Club (2005)
GP Nacional (2005)
Uruguayan Triple Crown Winner (2005)
Uruguayan Horse of the Year (2005)
United States Champion Older Male Horse (2006)
United States Horse of the Year (2006)
#1 - World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (2006)
Invasor Stakes at Hipodromo Nacional de Maroñas
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on November 20, 2008

Invasor (foaled August 3, 2002) is a Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Argentina by Haras Clausan. The winner of the 2005 Triple Crown in Uruguay, he was later purchased by Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who paid approximately USD 1.4 million for the horse. His two biggest wins were the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic, in which he defeated heavily favored Bernardini and highly fancied Lava Man, and the 2007 Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. He finished racing with a record of 11-0-0 in twelve starts and career earnings of $7,804,070. He was voted the Eclipse Award for American Horse of the Year and led the year-end World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings in 2006.



A bay with a small white star, Invasor was born in Argentina, sired by the famous Candy Stripes out of the Interprete mare Quendom. He was bought as a two-year-old by brothers Juan Luis and Luis Alberto Vio Bado, and Pablo Hernandez, three Uruguayans who brought him to Uruguay.

Pablo Hernandez remembers the day he and the two brothers first saw Invasor. Their friend, Miguel Ezcurra, from Bullrich Auctioneers, took them by car to visit some smaller farms near Buenos Aires. After having seen some 80 colts and fillies at several farms, they went to Clausan Farm in Areco, a province of Buenos Aires, and that's where they saw Invasor. Sandro Mizeroqui, owner of Clausan Farm (now re-named Haras Santa Ines), said the horse would cost them $25,000. The three Uruguayans countered with $18,000. They all settled for $20,000. Hernandez said, "We purchased him and exported him to Maronas Racetrack in Uruguay."

Trained by Anibal San Martin, Invasor was ridden by Gustavo Duarte, one of Uruguay's leading jockeys. Duarte called Invasor the best horse he's ever ridden.

Invasor broke his maiden in his debut in Maroñas in late February 2005, winning a 5½ furlong maiden race by 6¾ lengths, but then fractured his right hind sesamoid and required surgery. He had to wait until August to reappear, winning the "Ensayo" Stakes over 7½ furlongs by 2½ lengths.

Uruguayan Triple Crown

Invasor won the first leg of the Uruguayan Triple Crown, the one mile Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos run on September 10, by 5¾ lengths under heavy rain on a muddy track. One month later, on October 9, he won the 2000 m (1¼ mile) Gran Premio Jockey Club by 3½ lengths, and completed the sweep winning the Gran Premio Nacional by 6½ lengths. In all three races, the horse Potri Flash came second. With this sweep, Invasor became a favorite of the public, and a favorite to win Uruguay's most important race, the championship Gran Premio Internacional José Pedro Ramírez, run every January 6 in Maroñas.

His total earnings for taking the Triple Crown amounted to $113,866.

The sale

Invasor was sold after winning the Uruguayan Triple Crown to Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who paid, around US $1,400,000 to have the horse run for Shadwell Stable. Considering how much the horse could win in Uruguay, the sheik's offer was too hard to turn down, although one Vio Brado brother was very reluctant. Still, the deal was made, and Invasor was flown into the state of Florida, southernmost of the contiguous US states, to be trained by Kiaran McLaughlin at the Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center in Florida. There, the horse prepared for his next race, the UAE Derby.

Racing career

2006 Season

After training in Florida, Invasor was sent to Dubai to compete in the UAE Derby, running into traffic problems, and finishing fourth, but coming on again to end up only a half length behind the 3rd and 2nd horses, albeit far from the winner, Discreet Cat (owned by the competing Godolphin Stables). Less than two months later, he came back to win the Grade I Pimlico Special by 1¼ lengths over Wanderin Boy, after stalking the leader through most of the race. On July 1, Invasor proved that his Pimlico Special win was no fluke by soundly winning the Grade I Suburban Handicap by 4 lengths at Belmont Park. On 6 August, he won his third straight Grade I race, holding off a hard-charging Sun King to win a photo finish in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Invasor was pointed to the Jockey Club Gold Cup but developed a fever a week prior to the race, so his trainer decided to skip it and point him to the Breeders' Cup Classic to be run in November 2006.

Though he was now owned by a sheik and races in the United States, he was Uruguay's national hero. In Uruguay, whenever Invasor ran, people flocked to their nearest simulcast provider. "There was great anticipation here for the Jockey Club Gold Cup," said Pablo Roig, editor of Uruguay Turf Line. "Here in Montevideo, we follow all his races through the OTB simulcasts, and the people are enjoying all his victories."

"In Uruguay, soccer is our main sport," said Luis Costa Baleta, a horse owner from a long-time Uruguayan racing family. "Whenever the national team plays, the entire country stops to watch the match. Since Invasor has gone to the United States, every time he runs, all the simulcast halls are crowded with people who come to see him and bet on him. They shout and cheer for him as if Uruguay was playing in the finals of the World Cup. They treat the horse as if he were still their own. No one can imagine what it's like. He's become a national hero."

The racing journalist and writer Miguel Aguirre Bayley wrote: "In my opinion, Invasor excelled because of his refined qualities, his endurance, and his outstanding intelligence. Invasor may well become one of the best racehorses in the history of the American Turf."

2006 Breeders' Cup

On November 4, 2006 Invasor, ridden by Fernando Jara, won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, Kentucky. The field included favored Bernardini, second favorite Lava Man, and European three-year-old champion George Washington. Invasor, under the guidance of the 18-year-old jockey Jara, passed Bernardini in the home stretch, defeating Bernardini by a length. This win essentially secured the Eclipse Awards for Older Male Horse and Horse of the Year.

2007 Season

On February 3, 2007, Invasor won his fifth successive Grade I victory in the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Coming from off the pace, he was virtually stopped when Barcola, the long-shot pacesetter, began backing up. Under jockey Fernando Jara, Invasor was forced to check. Trying to angle off the rail he was still blocked, clipping heels with Barcola. Coming into the stretch, Invasor and Jara found the hole they needed and squeezed through, achieving a two length victory over Hesanoldsalt ridden by Rafael Bejarano.

2007 Dubai World Cup

On March 31, 2007 Invasor, again ridden by Fernando Jara, took the $6 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates against his rival Discreet Cat. His time of 1:59.97 for 2,000 meters was the second fastest in the race's history, exceeded only by Dubai Millennium's time of 1:59.50 in 2000. Discreet Cat finished last by 23 lengths, but a very game Premium Tap, who had led the pace, battled Invasor in the stretch for place with the Hong Kong horse, Bullish Luck, third.

Invasor's sire, Candy Stripes (a son of Blushing Groom), died of colic in March 2007; he was 25 years old. Candy Stripes was also the sire of such notable horses as Criollito, Different, Leroidesanimaux, Lundy's Liability, Sweetest Thing, and Victory Stripes.


Invasor was retired on June 23, 2007 [1] due to the fracture of a bone in an area he had injured when he was younger. He now stands at stud at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky for a stud fee of $20,000 [2] live foal; his first foal (out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare Abby Road [3]) was born on January 11, 2009.

Invasor ran twelve times and won eleven. The one race he lost, he finished fourth. His career earnings were $7,804,070.


Pedigree of Invasor
Candy Stripes (USA)
ch. 1982
Blushing Groom (FR)
ch. 1974
Red God Nasrullah
Spring Run
Runaway Bride Wild Risk
Bubble Company (FR)
ch. 1977
Lyphard Northern Dancer
Prodice Prominer
Quendom (ARG)
blk. 1997
Interprete (ARG)
dkb/br. 1988
Farnesio Good Manners
La Farnesina
Inaccessible Liloy
Queen of Victory (ARG)
dkb/br. 1990
Cipayo Lacydon
Twitch Crown Crown Thy Good
Twins (F-No.14-c)



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