Prince Royal (horse)
|Breeder||Charles W. Wacker III|
|Owner||1) Dr. Carlo Bassignana|
1) Giuseppe Galbiati|
2) Georges Bridgland
|Earnings||₤26,856,000 & ₣1,094,126|
|Prince Royal is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pange by Ribot. He was born around 1961 in Great Britain, and was bred by Charles W. Wacker III.|
French Classic Race wins:|
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1964)
French Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (1964)|
Italian Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (1964)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Prince Royal (foaled 1961 in England) was a Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning France's prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Bred by Charles W. Wacker III, his sire was the great undefeated Italian runner and leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland, Ribot.
Prince Royal was sold to Italy's Dr. Carlo Bassignana at the December 1961 Tattersalls sale hor approximately $10,600. Trained by Giuseppe Galbiati, the colt began his career in racing at age two in Italy where he had one win in four of his 1963 starts with a third-place finish in Italy's most important race for his age group, the Gran Criterium. Racing at age three in 1964, Prince Royal won his first three starts before finishing fourth in the Gran Premio d'Italia. He came back to win the Gran Premio di Milano and ran away from the opposition to win the Premio Besana by fifteen lengths. Sent to race in France, Prince Royal was entered in the Prix Royal-Oak in poor racing condition and held back, finishing last to Baron Guy de Rothschild's winning colt, Barbieri. Negotiations, which had been going on prior to the Prix Royal-Oak, saw American Rex Ellsworth purchase Prince Royal for a reported US$400,000 who turned him over to French trainer, Georges Bridgland. For his new owner and trainer, Prince Royal was next entered in the October 4th running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Up against older horses, the three-year-old colt won the forty-third running of France's most important race.
Voted the French Champion Three-Year-Old Colt and the Italian Champion Three-Year-Old Colt of 1964, following Prince Royal's Arc victory he was retired from racing and sent to the United States where he was registered as "Prince Royal II".
Prince Royal served stud duty at owner Rex Ellworth's breeding operation in Southern California's Chino Valley from 1965 through 1973. He met with little success as a stallion, siring just seven stakes race winners from 268 foals. He did however have one son, Unconscious, who won the 1971 San Felipe Handicap and the 1972 Strub Stakes. Acquired by a Japanese breeder, he stood at stud in Japan from 1974-1983 when he reportedly was retired.
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