|Breeder||Laudy L. Lawrence|
Boone Hall Stable
(claimed at age 2)
|Princequillo is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Cosquilla by Prince Rose. He was born around 1940 in Ireland, and was bred by Laudy L. Lawrence.|
Saratoga Handicap (1943)|
Saratoga Cup (1943)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1943)
Merchants and Citizens Handicap (1944)
Leading sire in North America (1957 & 1958)|
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1976)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1971)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on September 24, 2006|
Princequillo (1940-1964) was a Thoroughbred racehorse conceived in France and born in Ireland. His sire, Prince Rose, had been standing at the Haras de Cheffreville stud farm in France and was mated to the mare Cosquilla but when World War II broke out, the pregnant mare was shipped to Ireland where she gave birth to Princequillo. With the danger from German bombing and the likelihood there would be no racing for some considerable time, Cosquilla's owners shipped her and her young colt to the safety of the United States.
In July 1942, Princequillo made his American racing debut and after a few races was purchased by Boone Hall Stable, owned by Prince Dimitri Djordjadze of Georgia and his American-born wife, Audrey Emery. They placed him under the care of future Hall of Fame trainer, Horatio Luro. Princequillo proved to be a horse of great endurance who won several important races at longer distances. He broke the Saratoga Race Course record for 1¾ miles and his performances were such that he is considered, with the notable exception of Kelso, to be the best long-distance runner in American racing history.
Retired after his four-year-old racing season, Princequillo was purchased by Arthur B. Hancock and sent to the Hancock family's Ellerslie Stud in Albemarle County, Virginia and later to their Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. At stud, Princequillo sired 64 stakes winners and became one of the most important large-heart-producer stallions. He sired the filly Misty Morn, the 1955 U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly and U.S. Champion Handicap Female, plus the 1958 American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, Quill. Princequillo's sons include Hill Prince and Round Table, both of whom won U.S. Horse of the Year honors and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductees.
Princequillo was the Leading sire in North America for 1957 and 1958 and Leading broodmare sire from 1966 through 1970 and again in 1972 and 1973. Among his daughters' progeny is Mill Reef, Fort Marcy, High Echelon, Secretariat, and Secretariat's chief rival Sham.
Princequillo died of a heart attack in 1964 and is buried at Claiborne Farm.