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Raise a Native

Raise a Native
Sire Native Dancer
Dam Raise You
Grandsire Polynesian
Damsire Case Ace
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1961
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Happy Hill Farm
Owner Louis Wolfson
Trainer Burley Parke
Record 4: 4-0-0
Earnings $45,955
Raise a Native is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Raise You by Native Dancer. He was born around 1961 in the United States, and was bred by Happy Hill Farm.
Major wins
Great American Stakes (1963)
Belmont Juvenile (1963)
American Co-Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1963)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on July 17, 2007

Raise a Native (1961-1988) was a Thoroughbred racehorse known for siring 74 stakes winners, including Majestic Prince and Alydar. In its 1988 obituary for the horse, The New York Times called him "the most influential sire of American thoroughbred stallions over the last 20 years."

Raise a Native was bred by Happy Hill Farm, owned by Cortright Wetherill (1923-1988) and his wife Ella Anne Widener (1928-1986) whose Widener family of Philadelphia is one of the most prominent in American Thoroughbred racing history. Out of the mare Raise You, Raise a Native was sired by the 1954 United States Horse of the Year Native Dancer who was ranked #7 by the Blood-Horse magazine listing of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century.

Raise a Native was bought by Louis Wolfson as a yearling in 1962 for $39,000 and moved to Wolfson's Harbor View Farm in 1963. Trained by future Hall of Fame inductee Burley Parke, as a two-year-old Raise a Native was undefeated in four starts and tied or equaled track records three times. He won the sprint races, the Great American Stakes and the Belmont Juvenile. His performances resulted in him sharing American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors with Hurry to Market.

After ending his racing career due to a bowed tendon in 1963, he was bought by Spendthrift Farm, a breeding syndicate in Lexington, Kentucky. Although the descendants of Raise a Native have had success racing on Turf in Europe, they generally have been more attuned to running on dirt. Among his offspring, he sired Alydar, Gone West, Mr. Prospector, and Majestic Prince. He is notably the grandsire of Affirmed, Alysheba, Dancethruthedawn, Easy Goer, Gulch, Fusaichi Pegasus, Genuine Risk, Coastal, Meadowlake (undefeated), Conquistador Cielo, Criminal Type, Strike the Gold and Smart Strike. He is the great-great-grandsire of Raven's Pass, winner of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic and Zenyatta, winner of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.

As of 2008, 15 Kentucky Derby winners have had Raise a Native on their sire (paternal) line: Smarty Jones, Funny Cide, War Emblem, Monarchos, Fusaichi Pegasus, Real Quiet, Grindstone, Thunder Gulch, Strike the Gold, Unbridled, Alysheba, Genuine Risk, Affirmed, Street Sense and Majestic Prince. Only three Derby winners carried Raise a Native on their broodmare sire line: Barbaro, Mine that Bird and Real Quiet (who carried him on both lines).

On July 30, 1988, Raise a Native was humanely euthanized at Spendthrift Farm due to spinal detoriation.

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