|Breeder||Pine Brook Farm|
|Owner||Ford Stable. Silks: White, Blue Diamonds & Braces, Blue Sleeves, Blue & White Cap|
|Kauai King is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sweep In by Native Dancer. He was born around 1963 in USA, and was bred by Pine Brook Farm.|
Prince George's Stakes (1966)|
Governor's Gold Cup (1966)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1966)
Kentucky Derby (1966)
Preakness Stakes (1966)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on September 28, 2006|
Kauai King (1963-1989) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who was born on Pine Brook Farm in Maryland out of the champion sire Native Dancer. In 1966 he won the first two legs of the U.S. Triple Crown races. To date Kauai King is one of only two horses born in the state of Maryland to cross the Kentucky Derby finish line first. Dancer's Image was later stripped of his title leaving Kauai King as the only official Maryland bred winner of the Derby.
Ridden by jockey Don Brumfield, Kauai King won the 1966 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but finished 4th in the Belmont Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, 2 lengths back of the winner, Amberoid. On June 16th, the colt was sold to a horse breeding syndicate for a then record price of $2,520,000.
1966 was also the 3-Year-Old season for the outstanding colt, Graustark, as well as the 1965 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt, Buckpasser. The undefeated Graustark's racing career ended with a broken coffin bone in the Blue Grass Stakes and an injury kept Buckpasser out of the Triple Crown races.
Even after Kauai King's wins in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes there was much speculation as to which was the better horse and on June 27, 1966 Kauai King and Buckpasser met in the Arlington Classic. Kauai King's racing career came to an end when he pulled a ligament in his leg during the race. Following the announcement of his career-ending injury, he was retired to stand at stud at Alfred G. Vanderbilt II's Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, Maryland. Kauai King is still one of only two "Dual Classic Winner" ever to be bred in the state of Maryland (the other was Native Dancer) and one of only eleven to win a triple crown race.
Kauai King proved less than successful as a sire. Near the end of 1971 it was announced the horse was being shipped to stand at stud in England. He remained there until 1973 when he was sent to a breeding farm in Japan where he died on January 24, 1989.