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Peter Pan I

Peter Pan I

Peter Pan (2nd from left) making his stretch run to win
the 1907 Brighton Handicap
Sire Commando
Dam Cinderella
Grandsire Domino
Damsire Hermit
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1904
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder James R. Keene
Owner James R. Keene
Trainer James G. Rowe, Sr.
Record 17: 10-3-1
Earnings $115,450
Peter Pan I is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Cinderella by Commando. He was born around 1904 in the United States, and was bred by James R. Keene.
Major wins

Hopeful Stakes (1906)
Flash Stakes (1906)
Advance Stakes (1907)
Brighton Handicap (1907)
Tidal Stakes (1907)
Brooklyn Derby (1907)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1907)
United States Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1907)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1956)
Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 1, 2010

Peter Pan (1904-1933) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse whose sire and grandsire were also Hall of Fame inductees, as was his daughter Top Flight.

Bred and raced by prominent horseman, James R. Keene, Peter Pan was out of the mare Cinderella whose sire was Hermit, the 1867 winner of England's most important race, the Epsom Derby. Peter Pan was sired by Commando, a Hall of Fame inductee and a 1901 American Classic Race winner who in turn was a son of Domino, himself a Hall of Fame inductee and the 1893 United States Horse of the Year.

Conditioned by future Hall of Fame trainer James G. Rowe, Sr., at age two Peter Pan won four of his eight starts including the prestigious 1906 Hopeful Stakes.

For 1907, Peter Pan won six of his nine starts with two seconds, one of which was in the spring in the Withers Stakes. At a time where the U.S. Triple Crown concept had not been formed, three-year-old Peter Pan was not entered in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes. However, he won the then 1⅜ miles Belmont Stakes, a race that is now the third leg of the Triple Crown series. In winning the Belmont, he defeated Frank Gill who had beaten him in the Withers Stakes. In 1907, Peter Pan also won the important Brooklyn Derby, the Standard Stakes at Gravesend Race Track, as well as the Advance and the Tidal Stakes at Sheepshead Bay Race Track. Shortly after winning the Brighton Handicap he suffered a tendon injury and was retired to stallion duty at his owner's Castelton Stud. In a review of Peter Pan's win in the 1907 Brighton Handicap in front of 40,000 fans, the New York Telegraph was quoted as saying the horse "accomplished a task that completely overshadowed any previous 3-year-old performance in turf history." [1]

Peter Pan stood at his owner's Castleton Stud in Lexington, Kentucky then was sold for US$100,000 in 1912 to a breeding farm in France. [1] Brought back to the United States, he was sold to Harry Payne Whitney and stood at Brookdale Farm in New Jersey until 1915 when he became the foundation sire for the new Whitney Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Peter Pan's progeny includes:

  • Puss In Boots (1913) - 1915 U.S. Champion Two Year Old Filly
  • Vexatious (1916) - 1919 Champion Three Year Old Filly
  • Prudery (1918) - 1920 U.S. Champion Two Year Old Filly & 1921 Champion Three Year Old Filly
  • Tryster (1918) - U.S. Champion Two Year Old Colt

Damsire of notable horses such as:

  • Victorian (1925) - won 1928 Preakness Stakes
  • Top Flight (1929) - U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, 1931 U.S. Champion Two Year Old Filly & 1932 Champion Three Year Old Filly

Grandsire of notable horses such as:

  • Black Gold (1921) - Hall of Fame inductee, 1924 Kentucky Derby winner
  • Equipose (1928-1938) - National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee, Two Time Horse of the Year (1932,1933)
  • Bimelech (1937) - Hall of Fame inductee, 1940 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner

Peter Pan died in December 1933 at the age of twenty-nine and was buried at the Whitney Farm in Lexington (now part of the Gainesway Farm). Following its creation, Peter Pan was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1956. [2]



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