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Polynesian (horse)

Sire Unbreakable
Dam Black Polly
Grandsire Sickle
Damsire Polymelian
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1942
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder Elmendorf Farm
Owner Gertrude T. Widener
Trainer Morris H. Dixon
Record 58: 27-10-10
Earnings $310,410
Polynesian is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Black Polly by Unbreakable. He was born around 1942 in the United States, and was bred by Elmendorf Farm.
Major wins

Withers Stakes (1945)
Roseben Handicap (1946)
Toboggan Handicap (1946)
Scarsdale Handicap (1946)
Long Branch Handicap (1947)
Camden Handicap (1947)
Oceanport Handicap (1947)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1945)
American Champion Sprint Horse (1947)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Polynesian (1942-1959) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse owned by Gertrude T. Widener, of the prominent Widener family of Philadelphia, and bred by her father-in-law Joseph E. Widener at his Elmendorf Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Trained by Morris Dixon, [1] at age two, Polynesian lost his first three races, then bucked his shins.

1945 Triple Crown races

Back in training at age three, Polynesian won five of his next seven starts, one of which was a division of the Sagamore Stakes. In the Experimental Free Handicap he came in third to Jeep and Greek Warrior, and fourth in a division of the Wood Memorial won by Hoop Jr.. He skipped the Kentucky Derby (won by Hoop Jr.), instead competing in one mile Withers Stakes where he defeated Pavot. Polynesian then took the mile and three sixteenths second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness Stakes, in a front running victory. [2] Because of its demanding one and a half miles, Polynesian was not entered in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Later that year he won the Saranac Handicap.

Polynesian developed into a champion sprinter, winning a number of important sprint races in 1946 and in 1947 and was named the U.S. Champion Sprint Horse. [3] In his last year of racing, he went through a streak of five wins, 10 seconds, and 10 thirds.

Retired to stud duty, Polynesian sired 37 stakes winners including one of the greatest horses in American racing history, Native Dancer. Some of Polynesian's offspring were:

  • Imbros (f. 1950) - multiple stakes winner who set or equaled five track records including a world record for 7 furlongs

Polynesian was also the damsire of 1963 Kentucky Derby winner, Chateaugay, and 1978 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Primonetta.

At age seventeen, Polynesian died in 1959 from colic and was buried at Gallaher Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.



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