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Searching (horse)

Sire War Admiral
Dam Big Hurry
Grandsire Man o' War
Damsire Black Toney
Gender Filly
Foaled 1952
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Ogden Phipps
Owner Ethel D. Jacobs

"Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons

Hirsch Jacobs at 3
Record 89: 25-14-16
Earnings $327,381
Searching is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Big Hurry by War Admiral. She was born around 1952 in the United States, and was bred by Ogden Phipps.
Major wins
Vagrancy Handicap (1955)
Gallorette Handicap (1955 & 1957)
Diana Handicap (1956 & 1958)
Maskette Handicap (1956)
Top Flight Handicap (1956)
Correction Handicap (1956 & 1958)
Distaff Handicap (1957)
Molly Pitcher Handicap (1958)
Matriarch Stakes (1958)
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1978)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 11, 2008

Searching was a racehorse. The filly was born in 1952 at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky where the Wheatley Stable (the farm founded in 1926 by Gladys Mills Phipps and her brother, Ogden L. Mills), bred and raised its horses. After the Second World War, Gladys's son Ogden Phipps purchased a number of horses from the estate of Colonel Edward R. Bradley and his Idle Hour Stock Farm. Among them was the good racing mare, Big Hurry.

Phipps bred Big Hurry (the racing daughter of Bradley’s favorite stallion, Black Toney out of Bradley’s legendary broodmare La Troienne), to the fourth winner of the U.S. Triple Crown Champion, War Admiral. From this match came a bay filly he named Searching. But after she raced poorly in her first 20 starts under the Hall of Fame trainer, Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Ogden Phipps sold her to Ethel Jacobs, the wife of another Hall of Fame trainer, Hirsch Jacobs. Under Hirsch, Searching improved immensely. Of her next 69 starts, many of them important stakes, she was in the money most of the time.

As a broodmare, Searching produced eight foals, seven of them winners, and three stakes winners, including Admiring and Priceless Gem. But the filly she’ll be remembered for was Affectionately, #81 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century. Affectionately produced Personality.

Searching was inducted into the Hall of Fame five years after her death in 1973.

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