|Breeder||Haras de Menneval (Comte de Dauger)|
|Owner||H. Bouy & Thomas Carter, Jr.|
|Trainer||Thomas Carter, Jr.|
|Plaisanterie is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Poetess by Wellingtonia. She was born around 1882 in France, and was bred by Haras de Menneval (Comte de Dauger).|
Prix du Premier Pas (1884)|
Prix de Dieppe (1884)
Grosser Preis von Baden (1885)
Cambridgeshire Handicap (1885)
Cesarewitch Handicap (1885)
Prix de la Seine (1885)
Prix des Cars (1885)
Prix Saint-James (1885)
Prix Fould (1885)
Prix d'Apremont (1885)
Prix du Cèdre (1885)
Prix Seymour (1885)
Prix de Chantilly (1885)
Prix de Villebon (1885)
Prix d'Octobre (1885)
Prix du Prince d'Orange (1885)
|French Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1885)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Plaisanterie (foaled 1882 in France) was a Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by the Comte de Dauger, she was sold in England for FF825 at the Tattersalls September yearling sale. She was purchased by trainer Thomas Carter, Jr., a member of the renowned English Racing Colony at Chantilly , in equal partnership with French scientist, Mr. H. Bouy of Senlis, Oise.
Tom Carter, Jr. would become synonymous with Plaisanterie who was beaten only twice in her eighteen career races and both times by colts when she finished second by very narrow margins. Her first loss came at age two against colts in the Grand Criterium at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris when she ran second by a short head to The Condor. She would later avenge her loss, defeating The Condor four times. At age three, Plaisanterie's second career loss came against older male horses at Longchamp in the Prix du Prince de Galles when she again was second by a short head.
A favorite of French racing fans, Plaisanterie achieved the rare feat of winning the "Autumn Double" in the same season when she won the 1885 Cambridgeshire Handicap and the Cesarewitch Handicap back-to-back against males at England's Newmarket Racecourse. Sent to Germany, she again defeated her male counterparts in that country's most prestigious race, the Grosser Preis von Baden.
Plaisanterie is viewed in retrospective as the 1885 French Champion Three-Year-Old Filly over Barberine, winner of both French Classic Races for fillies. In three head-to-head confrontations, Plaisanterie beat Barberine every time while winning the Prix de Dieppe, the Prix Seymour, and the Cambridgeshire Handicap.
Co-owner H. Bouy died unexpectedly on May 7, 1886 at age thirty-nine. At a subsequent dispersal auction, half-owner Tom Carter, Jr. paid FF150,000 for Plaisanterie. Retired to broodmare duty, Plaisanterie was bred five times to the Champion sire St. Simon and twice to another Champion sire, Orme. Her important foals include Childwick, Raconteur and Topiary.
- Horse-racing in France, A History by Robert Black, M.A. (1886) (Downloadable public domain file)