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Nellie Morse

Nellie Morse
Sire Luke McLuke
Dam La Venganza
Grandsire Ultimus
Damsire Abercorn
Gender Filly
Foaled 1921
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Foxhall P. Keene and Cleveland
Owner Bud Fisher
Trainer Albert B. Gordon
Record 34: 7-?-?
Earnings $73,565
Summary
Nellie Morse is a thoroughbred racehorse out of La Venganza by Luke McLuke. She was born around 1921 in the United States, and was bred by Foxhall P. Keene and Cleveland.
Major wins

Fashion Stakes (1923)
Pimlico Oaks (1924)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1924)
Honors
Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 28, 2007

Nellie Morse (1921-1941) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known as the fourth filly to win the Preakness Stakes. Her sire was Luke McLuke, who won the 1914 Belmont Stakes and who was a son of the important but unraced Ultimus who had been sired by Commando. From the mare La Venganza, Nellie Morse's damsire was the Australian multi-race winner, Abercorn.

Owned by the prominent American cartoonist, Bud Fisher, Nellie Morse was trained for racing by Albert B. Gordon. Sent to the track at age two, the filly won the five furlong Fashion Stakes at Belmont Park and was second in the Spinaway Stakes. In the Matron Stakes she finished ahead of future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Princess Doreen but was second to Greentree Stables' winning filly, Tree Top.

In 1924, She was at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland where she won the 1⅛ mile Pimlico Oaks and, racing against colts, on May 12, 1924 won the second of what became the American Classic Races, the Preakness Stakes. She was just the fourth filly to win the Preakness since its inception fifty-one years earlier in 1873, and was the last filly to have ever won the race until Rachel Alexandra won it in 2009. Nellie Morse then finished third - placed second via disqualification of the apparent winner Glide - to Princess Doreen in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Retired from racing to serve as a broodmare, Nellie Morse was notably mated to Reigh Count, producing Count More, winner of the 1937 Ben Ali Stakes and Clark Handicap. As well, her mating to American Flag produced the filly Nellie Flag who was the 1934 American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.

Nellie Morse died in 1941 at age twenty.

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