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Princess Doreen

Princess Doreen
Sire Spanish Prince
Dam Lady Doreen
Grandsire Ugly
Damsire Ogden
Gender Mare
Foaled 1921
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder John E. Madden
Owner Audley Farm Stable
B.B. and Montfort Jones
Trainer Kay Spence
Record 94 Starts: 34-15-17
Earnings $174,745
Princess Doreen is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lady Doreen by Spanish Prince. She was born around 1921 in the United States, and was bred by John E. Madden.
Major wins
Kentucky Oaks (1924)
Falls City Handicap (1924)
Labor Day Handicap (1924)
Covington Handicap (1924, 1925)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1924)
Independence Handicap (1925, 1926)
Bowie Handicap (1925)
Cincinnati Enquirer Handicap (1925)
Western Hills Handicap (1925)
Autumn Handicap (1925)
Cincinnati Times-Star Handicap (1925)
Commercial Tribune Handicap (1925)
Inaugural Handicap (1926)
Saratoga Handicap (1926)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1924)
American Champion Older Female Horse (1925, 1926)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1982)
Princess Doreen Drive in Lexington, Kentucky
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 15, 2007

Princess Doreen (1921-1952) was a Thoroughbred racehorse best known for being the top American female money-winner. Bred by John E. Madden at his stud farm, Hamburg Place, in Kentucky. Madden matched Spanish Prince (an English sprinter who had won the five furlong King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot before being shipped to the United Statesto stand at stud) to Lady Doreen, a half sister to Sir Barton. The result was Princess Doreen.

Princess Doreen was trained by the former jockey Kay Spence; Spence said that Princess Doreen represented the pinnacle of his success.


Racing career

From the beginning of her racing career at two, Princess Doreen showed remarkable ability on the track. Not only did she race males and win, but she did so carrying high weight (often up to 133 pounds) for four years.

  • At two, she placed in the Ft. Thomas Handicap, and came third in the Matron Stakes.
  • At three she won the Kentucky Oaks, the Falls City Handicap, the Labor Day Handicap, the Covington Handicap, and the Coaching Club American Oaks, and placed in the Chicago Special, the Alabama Stakes, the Gadsden D. Bryan Memorial Handicap, the Latonia Oaks, and the Prince George Handicap.
  • At four she won the Independence Handicap, the Bowie Handicap, the Cincinnati Enquirer Handicap (under 129 pounds), the Western Hills Handicap (under 126 pounds), the Autumn Handicap (under 133 pounds), the Cincinnati Times-Star Handicap, the Commercial-Tribune Handicap, the Covington Handicap (for the second time, carrying 130 pounds). She placed in the Thanksgiving Handicap and showed in the Chicago Special, the Gadsden D. Bryan Memorial Handicap, the Grainger Memorial Handicap, the Flint Stone Memorial Handicap, the Pimlico Cup, the Hartford Handicap, the Enquirer Handicap, and the Inaugural Handicap.
  • At five she won the Inaugural Handicap and the Saratoga Handicap. In the Saratoga Handicap she beat two-time Horse of the Year, Sarazen. She placed in the Grainger Memorial Handicap, the Independence Handicap, the Bowie Handicap, the Pimlico Serial and was third in the Pimlico Cup and the Saratoga Cup.
  • At six she won the Independence Handicap, placed in the Hotel Statler Handicap, and was third in the Lincoln Handicap and the Oak Park Handicap.

International Special

In 1924, Princess Doreen participated in what was called the International Special, where three races would take place. The third race took place at the old Latonia Race Track in Covington, Kentucky for a purse of $50,000. Those racing included Chilhowee, Epinard, Mad Play, Sarazen. Princess Doreen was the lone filly of this group. Sarazen placed first, Epinard second, and Mad Play third.


Upon retiring, Princess Doreen was America’s leading female money winner, toppling Miss Woodford’s record. As a broodmare Princess Doreen produced eight foals, only one of whom won races; her daughter, Miss Doreen.

Princess Doreen died in 1952 at the age of 31.

1955 Poll

In a poll among members of the American Trainers Association, conducted in 1955 by Delaware Park Racetrack, Princess Doreen was voted the eighth greatest filly in American racing history (Gallorette being voted first).

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