|Breeder||Wertheimer et Frere|
|Owner||La Presle Farm|
1) Criquette Head-Maarek (France)|
Richard E. Mandella (USA)
|Kotashaan is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Haute Autorite by Darshaan. He was born around 1988 in France, and was bred by Wertheimer et Frere.|
Prix Manitou III (1990)
Breeders' Cup Turf (1993)
American Champion Male Turf Horse (1993)|
American Horse of the Year (1993)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on May 1, 2010|
Kotashaan (foaled May 4, 1988 in Orne, France) was an Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in France and earned Champion honors in the United States. He was bred and raced by brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, owners of the House of Chanel in Paris. Kotashaan was sired by Darshaan, winner of the 1984 French Derby and the Leading sire in France in 2003. His dam was Haute Autorite, a daughter of the American runner Elocutionist who in 1976 won the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness Stakes.
Racing in France
Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, the world's most successful female trainer, Kotashann made his racing debut on November 16, 1990. He finished second in a maiden race at Saint-Cloud Racecourse then two weeks later got his first win at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse. At age three in 1991, he debuted in April with a fifth place finish in the Prix Noailles then won his next two starts, capturing the listed Prix de Courcelles and the Group 3 Prix La Force. Kotashann contested his first Group One race on June 23, 1991, finishing third to Subotica in the Grand Prix de Paris. He followed this up with another third place effort in the August 15th G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano and a second-place finish on September 9 in the G3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte.
Racing in the United States
The Wertheimer brothers decided to send Kotashaan to compete in turf races in the United States where they race their horses under the name of La Presle Farm. Sent to California trainer Richard Mandella, an injury problem limited Kotashaan to four starts in 1992, when he won only one minor race. In top form in 1993, Kotashaan had a sensational year, winning six of ten starts with three runnerup finishes, and earning more than US$2.6 million. He won five major California races at distances from 1⅛ miles to 1¾ miles including the San Juan Capistrano Handicap in track-record time. He then capped it off with a win in the November 6, 1993 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park. Kotashaan's Breeders' Cup win saw him defeat a strong field that included runnerup Bien Bien, defending Breeders' Cup Turf champion, Fraise (4), Hatoof (5), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner, Opera House (6), and French Derby winner, Hernando (10). 
Following his Breeders' Cup win, Kotashaan was sold to a Japanese syndicate. For his new owners, he made his final start of 1993, and of his racing career, in the November 28th Japan Cup. Ridden by his regular American jockey, Kent Desormeaux, Kotashaan finished second to Legacy World after Desormeaux misjudged the finish line.
Retired to stud duty, he stood in Japan until 2000 when Andrew (Willy) Murphy purchased him and brought him to stand at Ballycurragh Stud, in Rathoe, County Carlow, Ireland.   He has had little success as a sire.
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