|Prairie Bayou is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Whiffling by Little Missouri. He was born around 1990 in the United States, and was bred by Loblolly Stable.|
American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1993)
|U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1993)|
|Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on August 4, 2007|
Named for a bayou between Little Rock and Hot Springs in Arkansas, he was sired by Little Missouri and out of the mare Whiffling. Owned by Loblolly Stable, after Prairie Bayou's success on the racetrack, Calumet Farm purchased Whiffling in foal to Danzig for $1,050,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November Sale.
Leading up to the 1993 Kentucky Derby, Prairie Bayou won four important stakes races for three-year-olds, including the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes. Made the betting favorite for the Derby, as well as for the other two Triple Crown races, Prairie Bayou was ridden by jockey Mike Smith. A come-from-behind horse, in the Derby he was caught far back in the large field for most of the race. In the final quarter, the colt had to move to the far outside in order to make a strong stretch run that earned him a second-place finish behind Sea Hero.
Prairie Bayou came back to win the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, but then broke down in the Belmont Stakes and had to be euthanized. He is buried at Longfield Farm near Goshen, Kentucky.