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Sassafras (horse)

Sire Sheshoon
Dam Ruta
Grandsire Precipitation
Damsire Ratification
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1967
Country France
Color Bay
Breeder Dollanstown Stud
Owner Arpad Plesch. Racing silks: Light blue, red spots, red cap.
Trainer Francois Mathet
Record 11: 6-2-1
Earnings ₤249,540[1] US$595,139 (equivalent)
Sassafras is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Ruta by Sheshoon. He was born around 1967 in France, and was bred by Dollanstown Stud.
Major wins
Prix Royal-Oak (1970)
Prix La Force (1970)
Prix du Jockey Club (1970)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1970)
Champion 3-year-old colt in France (1970)
Timeform rating: 135
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 9 June 2009

Sassafras (1967-1988) was an French Champion Thoroughbred racehorse.

Owned by Arpad Plesch he was trained by Francois Mathet and ridden in most of his races by Yves Saint-Martin. He was the champion 3-year-old colt in France, 1970. Sassafrás won six races out of 11 starts: the Prix de la Bresbe, the Prix Androcles, the Prix La Force, the Prix Royal-Oak, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), and the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) (Fr-I).

He also took 2nd Place in the Prix Lagrange and 3rd Place in the Prix Lupin. He sensationally upset the great English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe by a rapidly narrowing head in 1970.

Sent initially to the Ballylinch Stud at Thomastown in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Sassafras was the sire of the winners over 72 races.[1] Sassafras sired Galway Bay who was a stakes winner in Great Britain and Australia before becoming the sire of stakes winnrs.[2] He was then exported to the United States for stud duty.

Sassafras died in 1988 and is buried at Pillar Stud in Lexington, Kentucky.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biggar, Allan (ed.), The Stallion Review 1977
  2. Galway Bay (FR) Retrieved on 2009-6-9


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