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Pan Zareta

Pan Zareta
Pan Zareta
Sire Abe Frank
Dam Caddie Griffith
Grandsire Hanover
Damsire Rancocas
Gender Mare
Foaled 1910
Country USA
Color Chestnut
Breeder J. F. Newman
Owner J. Marrone
Trainer Many; H.S. Newman, E. Foucon, J.C. Kirkpatrick, & E.T. Colton often mentioned.
Record 151: 76-31-21
Earnings $39,082
Pan Zareta is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Caddie Griffith by Abe Frank. She was born around 1910 in the USA, and was bred by J. F. Newman.
Major wins
Senoritas Stakes
Rio Grande Stakes
Chihuahua Stakes
Chapultepec Handicap
Juarez Handicap
Katonah Handicap
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1972)
Pan Zareta Handicap at the Fair Grounds Race Course
Stallion Stakes (Pan Zareta Division) run at Lone Star Park
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 5, 2006

Pan Zareta, was a chestnut Thoroughbred racehorse born in the United States in 1910. She competed from Mexico to Canada, as well as in eight U. S. states. While she never won a significant race, and only once beat a top-level horse (Old Rosebud), she was still called "Queen of the Turf."

Bred by J. F. and H. S. Newman, from Sweetwater, Texas,Pan Zareta was born in 1910. Her sire was Abe Frank, and her mother was Caddie Griffith, who was sired by Rancocas.[1] Pan Zareta's lineage traced back to Hanover and Hindoo on her multiple stakes-winning sire's side (Abe Frank), and to Leamington on her dam's side (Caddie Griffith). Pan Zareta's third dam on her mother's side, a certain 1869 Texas born Mittie Stephens, caused a problem; Mittie Stephens was listed in the American Stud Book as a 'non-thoroughbred'. Still, due to some complexities in the rulings, Pan Zareta was considered a Thoroughbred. It is interesting to note that neither Pan Zareta's dam, Caddie Griffith, nor Pan Zareta herself appear in the American Stud Book.

Known as "Panzy" (she was named for Panzy Zareta, the daughter of the once mayor of Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico), she traveled the country, appearing virtually anywhere, constantly competing. She was ridden by anyone handy and trained by an assortment of available conditioners--H.S. Newman, E. Foucon, and E.T. Colton are most frequently credited as trainers. She ran an astounding 151 races and won 76 of them--winning and starting in more races than any other mare in U.S. racing history. On 24 different tracks, she always carried higher weights than any of her rivals, males as well as females, often up to 140 pounds (she once carried an unheard of 146 pounds, giving away 46 pounds to the runner up.) She carried 126 pounds or more 48 times, 21 of those times when she won. Pan Zareta finished in the top three 128 times; she was in the money in 85 percent of her starts. Considering the size of the purses, which averaged $300(the largest purse she ever earned amounted to $1,050), her career earnings of $39,082 was a very respectable sum.

Pan Zareta's most important wins, considering those she was entered in, were the Senoritas Stakes, the Rio Grande Stakes, the Chihuahua Stakes, the Chapultepec Handicap, the Juarez Handicap, and the Katonah Handicap. In 1914, against all the odds and classy runners, Pan Zareta was the Champion Older Female.

Pan Zareta equaled or set eleven track records during her racing career, most notably when at the age of five on February 10, 1915. She set the world record for five furlongs,(:57 1/5) at Juarez that went unbeaten for 31 years, running against Joe Blair, who carried ten pounds less than she did.

On March 24, 1917, Pan Zareta met Old Rosebud, winner of the 1914 Kentucky Derby, and Colonel Venie on the track. Pam Zareta won, with Colonel Venie receiving second, and Old Rosebud finishing last. When they met a second time on April 6, Old Rosebud gained first, and Pan Zareta came in third.

Pan Zareta was retired as a broodmare in 1918, but failed to conceive a foal, and was thus sent back to the races.[citation needed] While in training in 1918, at eight years of age, Pan Zareta contracted pneumonia and died in her stall at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans on Christmas Day. She was buried in the infield of the Fair Grounds next to Kentucky Derby winner Black Gold.[1][2]

In 1972, Pan Zareta was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.[3] A sprint race is run in her name, the Pan Zareta Handicap, run at the Fair Grounds each year.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robertson History of Thoroughbred Racing in America pp. 201-202
  2. Wall Famous Running Horses pp. 99-100
  3. Staff "Pan Zareta" National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame


  • Robertson, William H. P. (1964). The History of Thoroughbred Racing in America. New York: Bonanza Books. OCLC 64-17364. 
  • Wall, John F. (1949). Famous Running Horses: Their Forebears and Descendants (Kessinger Publishing reprint ed.). Washington, D. C.: Sportsmen's Press. ISBN 1432593862. 
  • Pan Zareta, Thoroughbred Champions [1]
  • Champions The Lives, Times, and Past Performances of America's Greatest Thoroughbreds, Revised Edition Champions from 1893-2004, Daily Racing Form.

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