|Breeder||Willis Sharpe Kilmer|
|Owner||Mrs. Fannie Hertz. Racing colours: Yellow, black circle on sleeves, yellow cap.|
Bert S. Michell
|Reigh Count is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Contessina by Sunreigh. He was born around 1925 in the United States, and was bred by Willis Sharpe Kilmer.|
Walden Handicap (1927)|
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (1927)
Huron Handicap (1928)
Kentucky Derby (1928)
Saratoga Cup (1928)
Lawrence Realization (1928)
Miller Stakes (1928)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1928)
Coronation Cup (1929)
U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt|
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt
United States Horse of the Year (1928)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1978)|
Reigh Count Drive in Florence, Kentucky
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Reigh Count was bred by Willis Sharpe Kilmer and born at Court Manor near New Market, Virginia. He compiled a Championship year at age two, when he won four of fourteen races. A controversial ending of the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park (the richest race in the United States at the time) possibly deprived him of another win. Just before the finish line, he held the lead. But due to either misjudgment of the finish line by his jockey or speculatively, the intentional instructions of his owner, his stablemate Anita Peabody won by the barest of margins. The next day's New York Times photo captured the jockeys, side-by-side, looking at each other at the wire.
At age three, Reigh Count was the dominant horse in America, winning six races including the Kentucky Derby. Jockey Chick Lang's victory three years earlier in the Queen's Plate made him the only Canadian jockey in history to ever win the most prestigious race both in Canada and in the United States. An injury kept Reigh Count out of both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. However, later in the summer in the Lawrence Realization, he defeated Preakess winner Victorian. Later, he took on and defeated older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, which had a field that included Chance Shot, Display, and Diavolo. Reigh Count's performances in 1928 earned him United States Horse of the Year honors.
Shipped to race in England at age four, in June 1929 Reigh Count won the Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs then finished second in the Ascot Gold Cup at Ascot Racecourse. TIME magazine reported on December 16, 1929  that his owner had turned down an offer of $1 million for Reigh Count, saying: "I think a fellow who would pay $1,000,000 for a horse ought to have his head examined, and the fellow who turned it down must be absolutely unbalanced." Had the offer been accepted, it would have been by far the largest amount ever paid anywhere for a race horse.
- Adonis (b. 1942) - won Travers Stakes