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Menifee


Menifee
Sire Harlan
Dam Anne Campbell
Grandsire Storm Cat
Damsire Never Bend
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1996
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Arthur B. Hancock III
Owner Arthur B. Hancock III & James Stone
Trainer W. Elliott Walden
Record 11: 5-4-1
Earnings $1,732,000
Summary
Menifee is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Anne Campbell by Harlan. He was born around 1996 in the United States, and was bred by Arthur B. Hancock III.
Major wins
Blue Grass Stakes (1999)
Preakness Stakes 2nd (1999)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (1999)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 24, 2007

Menifee (born 1996 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse that competed in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1999. His rivalry with Triple Crown contender Charismatic was compared at times with the rivalry between 1978 contenders Affirmed and Alydar, who won and placed (respectively) in all three races that year. He was trained by W. Elliott Walden, and ridden in all three races by Pat Day.

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Triple Crown run

Menifee won a decisive come from behind victory in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in his last Triple Crown prep over the highly regarded Cat Thief, Vicar Kimberlite Pipe and Wondertross. Menifee placed second as a late closing sensation in the Kentucky Derby behind eventual Horse-of-the-Year Charismatic. Two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes he garnered a great deal of support being sent off as the morning line favorite at 2-1 in a full field of 13 colts and 1 filly (Silverbulletday). In the race Cat Thief and Vicar took the lead early while Menifee settled into mid-pack at eighth and Charismatic lagged behind at tenth. Around the second turn Charismatic made a bold sweeping move around the outside and overtook everyone in the field going on to win by 1-1/2 lengths. Menifee waded through traffic and actually made up ground on the winner as he passed Cat Thief and Badge to claim the runner-up share of $200,000 in the Preakness Stakes.

Menifee failed to place in the top three in the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont was the only time he did not have a top-three finish in his thre year-old season.

Late three year-old season

Following the Triple Crown series in the summer of 1999, he won the Grade I Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park, finished second in the Super Derby, and ran third in the Travers Stakes. He was retired from racing with 5 wins, 4 places and one show in 11 starts; two of those wins were as a two-year-old in 1998.

Retirement

Menifee stood until recently at Stone Farm, where the ten-year-old son of Harlan commanded US $15,000 for a live cover breeding. But in October 2006, it was announced that he's been sold to the Korean Racing Association to continue his stallion career.

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