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Scapa Flow (horse)

Scapa Flow
Sire Man o' War
Dam Florence Webber
Grandsire Fair Play
Damsire Peep o' Day
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1924
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.
Owner Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.
Trainer Scott P. Harlan
Record 18: 5-4-5
Earnings US$93,955
Scapa Flow is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Florence Webber by Man o' War. He was born around 1924 in the United States, and was bred by Walter M. Jeffords, Sr..
Major wins
United States Hotel Stakes (1926)
Futurity Stakes (1926)
Bowling Brook Purse (1927)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1926)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 15, 2010

Scapa Flow (1924-1928) was an American Thoroughbred race horse, a son of Man o' War. He first came to prominence in 1926 after winning the 43rd running[1] of the United States Hotel Stakes as a two-year-old. He was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, who bred him. In August 1926 Morton Schwartz offered $100,000 to purchase Scapa Flow, but his owners refused to sell him at any price.[2] An earlier filly named Scapa Flow (1914 - 1937), by Chaucer - Anchora by Love Wisely, was a homebred of the 17th Earl of Derby.[3]


Triumph and defeat

At the time he was proclaimed by some as the "Greatest of the Man o' Wars." With Frank Coltiletti as his jockey, Scapa Flow covered the distance at the Saratoga Springs, New York event in 1:14 2/5. The thoroughbred earned $11,525 for his owners at the scenic Union Avenue course. Coming out of the gate Coltiletti had the advantage of a step with Scapa Flow, who came to the front quickly, as though he was launched by a catapult. The fractional times were 0:23 3/5, 0:47 1/5, and 1:14 2/5.[1]

On April 16, 1928 Scapa Flow lost the Harford Handicap by a half a length at Havre de Grace, Maryland. The colt, favored in the six furlong race, was beaten by Rock Man, an outsider.[4] Scapa Flow finished third at Belmont Park in the Metropolitan, an event first run at the Morris Park Racecourse in 1891. On a rain-soaked track Scapa Flow, at 3 to 1 odds, was bested for second place by four lengths by Chance Shot, a 13 to 5 entry, owned by Averill Harriman. The event was won by Nimba, a filly owned by Marshall Field III.[5]


Man-o-War's only shortcoming as a stallion was that he was not a noted sire of sires. Among his prominent sons, Crusader and Mars were complete failures as sires, American Flag was merely average, and Scapa Flow died before he went to stud.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Scapa Flow Takes U.S. Hotel Stakes, New York Times, August 1, 1926, pg. S1.
  2. Schwarz Offers $100,000 For 2-Year-Old-Scapa Flow, New York Times, August 3, 1926, pg. 17.
  3. English Scapa Flow at Thoroughbred Heritage Portraits, retrieved on May 17, 2010.
  4. Scapa Flow Beaten As Rock Man Scores, New York Times, April 17, 1928, pg. 22.
  5. Nimba, 12 to 1 Shot, Wins Metropolitan, New York Times, May 27, 1928, pg. 147.
  6. American Classic Pedigrees (1914 - 2002), Hunter, Avalyn, Blood-Horse Publications, 2003, pg. 88.

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