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Proud Truth

Proud Truth
Sire Graustark
Dam Wake Robin
Grandsire Ribot
Damsire Summer Tan
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1982
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Dorothy Firestone Galbreath
Owner Darby Dan Farm
Trainer John M. Veitch
Record 21: 10-4-0
Earnings $2,198,895
Summary
Proud Truth is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Wake Robin by Graustark. He was born around 1982 in the United States, and was bred by Dorothy Firestone Galbreath.
Major wins

Fountain of Youth Stakes (1985)
Florida Derby (1985)
Peter Pan Stakes (1985)
Discovery Handicap (1985)
Tidal Handicap (1986)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic (1985)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Proud Truth (1982-2005) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred by Dorothy Galbreath, wife of prominent horseman John W. Galbreath, at their Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Trained by John M. Veitch, Proud Truth made two winning starts at age two. At three, he was one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby after he won the Fountain of Youth Stakes, the Flamingo Stakes in which he was disqualified to second, and then won the Florida Derby. However, he was a horse that would be plagued by injurys and after finishing second in the Wood Memorial Stakes, his handlers believed he had a chance in the Triple Crown races. In the Kentucky Derby, he had a rough trip in the thirteen-horse field and finished fifth to Spend A Buck. He did not compete in the Preakness Stakes, instead focusing on the longest of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes. As a tune-up, Proud Truth won the Peter Pan Stakes but suffered a fracture in his left front leg and was unable to race in the Belmont Stakes. [1]

Recovered from his injury, Proud Truth returned to racing in the fall of 1985 with a win in the Discovery Handicap. In the Breeders' Cup Classic he was sent off as the fifth betting choice in an eight-horse field. Under jockey Jorge Velasquez, he came from last place to win the race with a powerful stretch run, defeating a strong field that included heavy favorite Chief's Crown, Gate Dancer, Turkoman, and Vanlandingham.

Proud Truth returned to racing at age four in 1986. Of his eight starts, his best performances were a second by a nose in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Handicap and a win in his debut on turf in the Tidal Handicap at Belmont Park. Unfortunately he came out of the race with an injury and was retired to stud duty at Darby Dan Farm for the 1987 season.

In 1991, Proud Truth was sent to stand at Corbett Farm near Monkton, Maryland then in 1999 to Haras Cerro Punta in Cerro Punta, Chiriquí, Panama for new owner Fernando Eleta Almarán. He sired a number of North American stakes winners including Truth of It All who was voted the 1992 Canadian Sovereign Award for Champion 2-Year-Old Male Horse. In Panama he met with considerable success, siring six champions, including Spago who won the 2004 Panamanian Triple Crown and was voted Horse of the Year honors.

Proud Truth died at Haras Cerro Punta on August 15, 2005 following a bout of severe colic. He is buried there in a pasture.

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