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Run the Gantlet

Run the Gantlet
Sire Tom Rolfe
Dam First Feather
Grandsire Ribot
Damsire First Landing
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1968
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Paul Mellon
Owner Rokeby Stables
Trainer J. Elliott Burch
Record 21: 9-4-3
Earnings US$559,079
Run the Gantlet is a thoroughbred racehorse out of First Feather by Tom Rolfe. He was born around 1968 in the United States, and was bred by Paul Mellon.
Major wins
Garden State Futurity (1970)
Man o' War Stakes (1971)
Tidal Handicap (1971)
United Nations Handicap (1971)
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1971)
Bowling Green Handicap (1972)
American Champion Male Turf Horse (1971)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Run the Gantlet (1968–1986) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse and noted sire. He was out of the mare First Feather, whom owner Paul Mellon had purchased as a yearling at a then record price of $90,000 for a filly. He was sired by the 1965 Preakness Stakes winner, Tom Rolfe, a son of the undefeated European superstar, Ribot. Run the Gantlet is a descendant of the great Nearco through his damsire First Landing who won the 1959 Kentucky Derby.

Raced under Mellon's Rokeby Stables colors, Run the Gantlet was trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Elliott Burch. Sent to the track at age two, Run the Gantlet's most important win in 1970 came in the Garden State Futurity. As a three-year-old, Run the Gantlet excelled in races on turf. The colt won six of his ten starts in 1971, including five stakes in a row, capping off the year with a six-length win on a soggy Laurel Park Racecourse in the Washington, D.C. International Stakes. Run the Gantlet's 1971 performances earned him American Champion Male Turf Horse honors.

Run the Gantlet returned to race at age four in 1972, notably winning the Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont Park.

As a sire

Retired to the Gilltown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, Run the Gantlet was the sire of 39 stakes race winners, including outstanding runners such as:

  • Ardross (born 1976), multiple Group One winner in England and France, including back-to-back wins of the Ascot Gold Cup

As well, Run the Gantlet was the damsire of Risk Me, winner of the 1987 Group One Grand Prix de Paris and Prix Jean Prat.

Run the Gantlet died at age 18 on February 28, 1986 at Jerry Hoffberger's breeding farm in Woodbine, Maryland. [1]



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