Open Fire (horse)
|Trainer||Virgil W. "Buddy" Raines|
|Open Fire is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lucy Lufton by Cochise. She was born around 1961 in the United States, and was bred by Renappi Corp..|
Delaware Handicap (1966)|
Spinster Stakes (1966)
Diana Handicap (1966)
|Co-United States Champion Older Mare|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on August 5, 2008|
Open Fire (1961-1980) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. Sired by Brandywine Stable's multiple stakes winner, Cochise, her grandsire was the winner of the 1936 British Classic, the St. Leger Stakes. Open Fire was out of the mare Lucy Lufton whose sire Nimbus was a son of Nearco, one of the world's most influential sires in the history of Thoroughbred racing.
Owned and raced under the Brandywine Stable banner by Delaware Park Racetrack president, Donald P. Ross, Open Fire was trained by Buddy Raines. A late developer, in 1966 the five-year-old was one of the dominant mares in American racing whose performances earned her Co-United States Champion Older Mare. That year, she had three major stakes wins, set a new track record for 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga Race Course, and equaled the Delaware Park Racetrack record for 1 1/4 miles.
Retired to broodmare duty, Open Fire produced seven foals.