|Dam||Helene de Troie|
1) Marcel Boussac|
2) Edward R. Bradley
3) Greentree Stables
|La Troienne is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Helene de Troie by Teddy. She was born around 1926 in France, and was bred by Marcel Boussac.|
|La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on April 30, 2010|
La Troienne, (1926-1954) was one of the most famous and influential Thoroughbred broodmares in twentieth century America. She was a bay filly born in 1926 in France, and was sired by the French stallion Teddy, out of the French mare Helene de Troie by imported British stallion Helicon. Her breeder and owner was Marcel Boussac.
Racing in France, and almost always entered into events in which she was outclassed by better company, La Troienne started seven times and was once second and third once. By her last race, her earnings totaled $146.
Sent by Boussac to England to the December 1930 Newmarket Sales, she sold for 1,250 guineas. At the time, she was in foal to Chef-de-Race Gainsborough. She was purchased by Colonel E. R. Bradley of the Idle Hour Stock Farm in Lexington, Kentucky and exported to the US in 1931. The Gainsborough filly was born deformed and had to be destroyed.
La Troienne produced 14 foals. Twelve raced and ten were winners, including four stakes winners with seven stakes victories.
- Black Helen, by Black Toney, born in 1932, won four principal races, including the American Derby, the Florida Derby, the Maryland Handicap, and the Coaching Club American Oaks.
- Baby League (1935), by Bubbling Over, became the dam of four stakes winners: the great Hall of Fame filly Busher, Mr. Busher, Striking (3 wins, including Schuylerville Stakes), and Harmonizing.
- Big Hurry (1936), a filly by Black Toney, won four races, including Selima Stakes and was also the dam of five stakes winners: Be Fearless, Bridal Flower, The Admiral, Great Captain, and Searching.
- Hall of Fame colt Bimelech (1937) was by Black Toney. Bimlech won the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes, and placed in the 1940 Kentucky Derby.
- Big Event (1938), a Blue Larkspur filly and dam of stakes winner Hall of Fame.
- Businesslike (1939), who was the dam of two stakes winners: Busanda (who was the dam of Buckpasser) and Auditing.
- Besieged (1940), a colt by Balladier
- Broke Even (1941), a colt by Blue Larkspur
- Back Yard (1942), a gelding by Balladier
- Bee Ann Mac, by Blue Larkspur (1944)
- Belle Histoire, by Blue Larkspur (1945), was the dam of stakes winner Royal Record.
- La Troienne's last two foals were Belle of Troy in 1947, by Blue Larkspur, and the gelding Trojan War in 1948, by Shut Out.
La Troienne came in time to be described as "the most important producer to be brought across the Atlantic Ocean in this century."
In 1938, at the age of 13, La Troienne was frightened by a thunderstorm. Half blind due to a loss of vision in her right eye, she spooked and collided with a tree. Her right shoulder was badly damaged and the veterinarians who examined her assured Colonel Bradley she would have to be destroyed. Col. Bradley said, "Put ten men with her night and day if it will help. We'll never get another like her." At the time La Troienne was carrying the filly Businesslike. Although Businesslike was not successful as a racer, losing both of her two starts, she proved a success in the breeding shed; her direct descendants include Busher, Busanda, Buckpasser, Allez France, Easy Goer, Smarty Jones, Caerleon, Sea Hero, Go For Gin, Pleasant Tap, Mineshaft, Lite Light, Outstandingly, Straight Deal, Woodman, Private Account, Princess Rooney, Prairie Bayou, Rhythm, Sky Mesa, Folklore, Shakespeare to name just a few.
When Col. Bradley died in 1946, his stock was sold off. A syndicate including Greentree Stables, King Ranch, and Ogden Phipps received La Troienne.
After her foaling days had ended, La Troienne lived out her life in comfort. She died at Greentree Stud at the age of 28 on January 30, 1954.
Pedigree for La Troienne
Helene de Troie
|Lady of Pedigree