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Prince John (horse)

Prince John
Sire Princequillo
Dam Not Afraid
Grandsire Prince Rose
Damsire Count Fleet
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1953
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Mrs. Fannie Hertz
Owner Elmendorf Farm
Trainer Walter A. Kelley
Record 9: 3-3-0
Earnings US$212,818
Prince John is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Not Afraid by Princequillo. He was born around 1953 in the United States, and was bred by Mrs. Fannie Hertz.
Major wins
Garden State Stakes (1955)
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1979, 1980, 1982, 1986)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Prince John (1953-1979) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse whom Bloodhorse magazine called "one of the greatest broodmare sires of all time." [1] Bred in Kentucky, he was sired by Princequillo, a two-time leading sire in North America and a nine-time leading broodmare sire. He was out of the mare, Not Afraid, a daughter of 1943 U.S. Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame inductee, Count Fleet. Prince John was a full brother to Brave Lad.

On behalf of Max Gluck, a New York clothing retailer and owner of Elmendorf Farm, trainer Walter Kelley bought Prince John for $14,300 at the 1954 Keeneland Summer Sale from breeder Mrs. Fannie Hertz. [2]

In his first seven starts at age two, Prince John won two allowance races. [3] However, after his impressive win over Needles and Career Boy in the October 29, 1955 Garden State Stakes in which he earned $157,918, the then largest purse in racing history, [4] Prince John was touted as a favorite for the 1956 Kentucky Derby. In his next start, he finished second on sloppy track to Nail in the November 12 Remsen Stakes at Jamaica Racetrack. A few later at Hialeah Park Race Track in Florida, the colt broke loose from a stable boy and was running about on the loose when he broke a bone in his foot. [5] His handlers announced that Prince John would be out of racing for at least three months as a result of a broken bone in his foot. [6]

In January of 1956, Prince John was given 124 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap ratings, third to Career Boy's 126 and second to the 125 assigned to Nail and Needles. However, he never recovered sufficiently enough from his injury and did not race again.

A Champion at stud

Prince John became a very important sire for Maxwell Gluck's Elmendorf Farm and in 1961 Leslie Combs II purchased an interest in him and he was sent to stand at Comb's Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. [7] Prince John became the leading broodmare sire in North America four years and was second in another two.

Among those Prince John sired were:

  • Speak John (b. 1958) - the leading broodmare sire in North America (1985)

Prince John was the grandsire of Lonesome Glory, a five-time steeplechase champion. He was also the damsire of:

Prince John died at age twenty-six in 1979 and was buried at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. [8] His influence can be seen in the pedigree of racing greats such as Cigar, Makybe Diva, Rock of Gibraltar, Secreto, Dream Well, Six Perfections, A P Valentine, and others.



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