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Pavot

Pavot
Sire Case Ace
Dam Coquelicot
Grandsire Teddy
Damsire Man o' War
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1942
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.
Owner Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.
Trainer Oscar White
Record 32: 14-6-2
Earnings US$373,365
Summary
Pavot is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Coquelicot by Case Ace. He was born around 1942 in the United States, and was bred by Walter M. Jeffords, Sr..
Major wins

Grand Union Hotel Stakes (1944)
Mayflower Stakes (1944)
United States Hotel Stakes (1944)
Christiana Stakes (1944)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1944)
Hopeful Stakes (1944)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1944)
Choptank Purse (1946)
Sussex Handicap (1946)
Massachusetts Handicap (1946)
Wilson Stakes (1946)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1946)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1945)
Awards
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1944)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Pavot (foaled 1942 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. Bred and raced by Walter M. Jeffords, Sr., he was sired by Case Ace, a successful runner at sprint race distances. His dam was Coquelicot who was a daughter of the legendary Man o' War.

Trained by Oscar White, Pavot was undefeated in eight starts as a two-year-old in 1944. He was ridden by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf in six of those wins including for his most important races including the Saratoga Special Stakes in which he set a stakes record time that stood for the next thirty-one years. [1] Pavot finished racing early that year with earnings totalling US$180,350 after his resounding win in the September 30th Belmont Futurity from which he emerged with a badly cut hoof that kept him out of racing until June of the following year. [2]

In late April of 1945, Pavot was being made ready to run in the Kentucky Derby, delayed that year by a month due to government imposed wartime restrictions. However, he stepped on a pin which interrupted his race conditioning and as a result only made his first start as a three-year-old on June 6, 1945. [3] After more than an eight month absence from racing, the colt suffered the first loss of his career when he finished second by a nose to Polynesian in the Withers Mile at Belmont Park. [4] [5]

U.S. Triple Crown series

Not entered in the mile and a quarter Kentucky Derby, on June 16th Pavot was sent to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course to prepare for the 55th running of the Preakness Stakes. The colt showed he could handle the 1 3/16 miles Preakness distance with a workout of that length in 1:59 1/5. However, in the race, under jockey George Woolf he finished fifth to winner Polynesian. [6]

Shipped to Elmont, New York for the mile and a half Belmont Stakes, Pavot was ridden by Eddie Arcaro who guided him to a five-length win of the third and longest leg of the Triple Crown series. [7] In his next outing, Pavot finished last in the July 15 Dwyer Stakes [8] and was fourth in the August 11 Travers Stakes, run that year at Belmont Park. [9]

The Belmont Stakes would be Pavot's only major win of 1945 but in addition to the runnerup in the Withers Mile, he also earned seconds in both the Whitney Handicap and the Empire City Handicap

Racing at age four

On April 25, Pavot made his first start of 1946, winning the Choptank Purse at Havre de Grace Racetrack in Maryland. In mid June, he won the Sussex Handicap at Delaware Park Racetrack, defeating future Hall of Fame inductees, Stymie and Gallorette. [10] and on July 6 caputured the Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs in Boston. [11]

In early August Pavot won the Wilson Stakes and in the September 14 Narragansett Special he ran second to Lucky Draw in a World Record time of 1:54 3/5 for 1 3/16 miles on dirt. Eleven days later, Pavot was second again, this time to Stymie in the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park. In his last win of the year, on October 5th Pavot won the gruelling two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

Pavot was retired to stand at stud at his owner's Faraway Farm on Huffman Mill Pike in Lexington, Kentucky. As a sire, Pavot's progeny met with modest success in racing. Through his daughter, Ophelia Rose, Pavot is the damsire of the 1962 American Grand National Steeplechase winner and Steeplechase Horse of the Year, Barnaby's Bluff, plus the 1963 American Grand National winner, Tuscarora.

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