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Mr. Prospector

Mr. Prospector
Sire Raise a Native
Dam Gold Digger
Grandsire Native Dancer
Damsire Nashua
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Leslie Combs II
Owner Abraham I. Savin
Trainer Jimmy Croll
Record 14: 7-4-2
Earnings $112,170
Mr. Prospector is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Gold Digger by Raise a Native. He was born around 1970 in the United States, and was bred by Leslie Combs II.
Major wins
Gravesend Handicap (1974)
Whirlaway Handicap (1974)
Leading sire in North America (1987 & 1988)
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1997–2003, 2005–06)
Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 9, 2010

Mr. Prospector (1970–1999) was a thoroughbred racehorse foaled in Kentucky, whose descendants have been dominant in the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. He won half of his 14 career races.

Mr. Prospector also ran in the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown. Mr. Prospector's sire was Raise a Native, a son of the immortal Native Dancer. He was out of the mare Gold Digger, a daughter of Nashua who was sired by Nearco. A $200,000 yearling in 1971 (a significant price for the early 1970s), "Mr. P", as he came to be known, was trained by Jimmy Croll, a Hall of Fame member who went on to train Holy Bull.

Mr. Prospector won the Gravesend Handicap, the Whirlaway Handicap and managed to set track records for six furlongs (1,207 m) at Gulfstream Park and Garden State, but his racing record provided little inkling of his success as a breeding sire.

One of Mr. P's most remarkable feats was siring one winner of each of the Triple Crown races, a feat his grandson, Unbridled, has also accomplished. His Triple Crown race winners were the 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, a promising young sire; 1985 Preakness Stakes winner Tank's Prospect; and 1982 Belmont Stakes winner and Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, Conquistador Cielo.



In tail-male descent (traced entirely through males, the line in which Mr. Prospector has made his mark), Mr. Prospector descends from the Darley Arabian,through Eclipse. Virtually all horses of this line alive today descend through Whalebone (foaled 1807), via Stockwell (1849). And the overwhelming majority of these descend from Stockwell's grandson Bend Or (1877) through his great-great-grandson Phalaris (1913). Successful sire-lines continue to crowd out less successful ones as breeders seek successful bloodlines, and in recent years Mr. Prospector has appeared likely to join this catalogue of likely tail-male ancestors of major racers, whether they be heavily promoted and trained and owned by prominent figures, or "Cinderellas" like Smarty Jones or Funny Cide.

On June 1, 1999, Mr. Prospector died in his stall of complications from colic at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He was buried between Nijinsky and Secretariat.


Mr. Prospector in an impromptu family tree with his sons, plus their sons, and their sons, etc., with Triple Crown races won:

    • Woodman (1983) (has sired 94 stakes winners)
      • Hansel (1988) 1991 Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes
      • Commendable (1997) 2000 Belmont Stakes
    • Afleet (1984)
      • Northern Afleet (1993)
        • Afleet Alex (2002) 2005 Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes
    • Forty Niner (1985)
      • Editor's Note (1993) 1996 Belmont Stakes
    • Seeking the Gold (1985)
      • Jazil (2003) 2006 Belmont Stakes
    • Machiavellian (1987)
        • Zenyatta (2004) undefeated in 16 life-time starts including 2008 Breeders Cup Ladies Classic/ 2009 Breeders Cup Classic
    • Our Emblem (1991)
      • War Emblem (1999) 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes


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