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Selima (horse)

Sire Godolphin Arabian[1][2]
Dam Shireborn
Damsire Hobgoblin
Gender Mare
Foaled 1745
Country England
Color Bay
Owner Benjamin Tasker, Jr.
Earnings 2,500 pistoles
Selima is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Shireborn by Godolphin Arabian[1][2]. She was born around 1745 in England.
Selima Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 12, 2008

Selima was one of the most important Thoroughbred horses of the 1700s and became one of the foundation mares of the American Thoroughbred.[1][2] She was imported to the Province of Maryland between 1750 and 1752 by Benjamin Tasker, Jr.[1]


In 1752, Selima won the biggest prize of the era, 2,500 pistoles at Gloucester, Virginia which marked "the beginning of the remarkable racing contests between the rival colonies of Maryland and Virginia."[1]


She produced 10 foals including Selim, Ebony and Stella.[1]

The annual Selima Stakes, now raced at Laurel Park Racecourse, was named after Selima in 1926 and first held at the Maryland State Fair with a $30,000 challenge cup for two-year-old fillies.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Deubler, Cindy (2002-05), "Belair Museums stand in path of "Progress"", Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred: 22–27 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Remly, Lynn L. (Fall 2002), "Art Among the Oats: Belair Stable Museum", Equine Images 2000 (81): 5–56 
  3. Carson, Jane (1965), Colonial Virginians at Play, Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg, pp. 125, ISBN 0879351225, OCLC 526839 


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