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Oil Capitol

Oil Capitol
Sire Mahmoud
Dam Never Again II
Grandsire Blenheim II
Damsire Pharos
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1947
Country United States
Color Gray
Breeder Elmendorf Farm
Owner 1) Thomas Gray & Cora M. Trotsek
2) Hasty House Farm & Cora M. Trotsek
Trainer Harry Trotsek
Record 80: 19-10-9
Earnings US$580,756
Oil Capitol is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Never Again II by Mahmoud. He was born around 1947 in the United States, and was bred by Elmendorf Farm.
Major wins
Lansing Stakes (1949)
Pimlico Futurity (1949)
Keeneland Sales Stakes (1949)
Breeders' Futurity (1949)
Everglades Stakes (1950)
Flamingo Stakes (1950)
Butler Handicap (1951)
New Orleans Handicap (1952)
Palm Beach Stakes (1953)
Widener Handicap (1953)
Ben Ali Stakes (1953)
Arlington Handicap (1953)
American Co-Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1949)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Oil Capitol (1947-1959) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. Bred by the Widener family's Elmendorf Farm in Fayette County, Kentucky, he was sired by the French-bred runner, Mahmoud, the 1936 winner of England's Epsom Derby. Out of the mare, Never Again II, his damsire was the very important Pharos, the leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1931 and the leading sire in France in 1939 who also sired the great Nearco.

Oil Capitol was owned by the wife of trainer Harry Trotsek in partnership with Thomas Gray of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was Gray who gave the colt the name which, spelled with an "o" instead of an "a," was taken from the common reference to the city of Tulsa as the "Oil Capital of the World."

At age two, Oil Capitol had his best year in racing. Ridden by Kenneth Church, the colt notably won the important 1949 Pimlico Futurity in Maryland and the Breeders' Futurity in Kentucky. He equaled the Keeneland track record for 6½ furlongs and shared 1949 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors with Hill Prince.

As a three-year-old in 1950, at Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida, Oil Capitol won the Everglades Stakes and the Flamingo Stakes, important prep races for the Kentucky Derby. He then finished second in the Blue Grass Stakes before going on to the Derby where he deadheated for fifth. Thomas Gray sold his interest in Oil Capitol during the latter part of 1951 to Allie Reuben's Hasty House Farm. The horse continued to win important races until he retired after the 1953 racing season.

Oil Capitol met with limited success as a sire. He died on March 9, 1959 at Crown Crest Farm near Lexington, Kentucky from enterolith.



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