Run the Gantlet
|Run the Gantlet|
|Trainer||J. Elliott Burch|
|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.|
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.
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
- Providential (born 1977), won in France and the United States including the 1979 Criterium de Saint-Cloud and the 1981 Washington, D.C. International Stakes
- April Run (born 1978), multiple Group One winner in France and the United States, two-time Champion in France (1981 & 1982) and American Champion Female Turf Horse (1982)
- Commanche Run (born 1981), multiple stakes winner in England and Ireland including the Group One Benson & Hedges Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes and the Classic St. Leger Stakes.
- Panamint (SAJC Adelaide Cup).
Run the Gantlet died at age 18 on February 28, 1986 at Jerry Hoffberger's breeding farm in Woodbine, Maryland.