|Southern Image is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pleasant Dixie by Halo's Image. He was born around 2000 in the United States, and was bred by Arthur Appleton.|
Pimlico Special Handicap(2004)|
Santa Anita Handicap (2004)
Sunshine Millions Classic (2004)
Malibu Stakes (2003)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Southern Image (foaled in 2000) is a millionaire American Thoroughbred racehorse and successful sire. Bred in Florida by Arthur I. Appleton and raced under the Blahut Stables banner as his owner. He finished racing with a record of 6-1-1 in 8 starts with career earnings of $1,843,750. Southern Image was best known for his wins in the grade one Pimlico Special and the grade one Santa Anita Handicap. In 2004 he became only the third horse ever to have won both prestigious races on separate coasts of the United States. The others were Farma Way and the great Seabiscuit.
Two year-old season
Southern Image was sold as a two year-old for $300,000, the second-highest-priced horse at the Ocala Breeders' Sale in March 2003 two year-old in training sale. Southern Image race only once late in his two year season and won at first asking. He won a maiden special weight race at six and a half furlongs at Santa Anita Park by three lengths. His annual earnings for that one race was $28,800 for the year.
Three year-old season
At age three, Southern Image started the season with a third place finish in a Triple Crown prep race to Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Kafwain in the $150,000 grade two San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita. During that race he sustained a slight injury and had to be rested and nurse back to health over the next five months. He came back to the track in fine condition and won an allowance race in August 2003 at eight and a half furlongs at Del Mar Racetrack. In December, Southern Image scored his biggest victory of the year in the $250,000 grade two Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita over Midas Eyes. He finished the year with a record of (3): 2-0-1 and annual earnings of $202,800.
Four year-old season
In 2004, Southern Image had the most impressive campaign of his career. He began that year in January by winning the $1,000,000 stakes called the Sunshine Millions Classic at nine furlongs at Santa Anita. He won that race by three lengths over Excess Summer and The Judge Sez Who. In March he won the $1,000,000 grade one Santa Anita Handicap at ten furlongs at Santa Anita Park. He won the race in 2:01.64 over Island Fashion, Saint Buddy.
At that time his connections felt that Southern Image was at the top of their game and they chose to do something a little out of the ordinary. In May, Southern Image was shipped 3,000 miles east to run in the $600,000 grade one Pimlico Special at "Old Hilltop in Baltimore, Maryland. Southern Image, came into the Special off four straight victories at Santa Anita. The field was depleted earlier on race day by the scratch of dual classic winner Funny Cide. The race also included the Preakness Stakes runner-up in Midway Road, grade one winner Evening Attire, the improving graded stakes winner Bowman's Band, and Dynever, who finished third in the prior year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
Southern Image went off as the favorite at 9-5 because of his "Big Cap" score. As the gates opened up Southern Image broke well and assumed the lead passing the stands for the first time. Going around the famous club house turn at Pimlico Race Course jockey Victor Espinoza took hold and asked Image to relax. Throughout the backstretch and around the far turn in a reasonable 1/2 mile of :47, Southern Image sat back in the perfect stalkers position in second just off the right rear flank of leader Midway Road. At the top of the lane Image fought back a challenge from Bowman's Band and then just wore down the leader. In that race he recorded an incredible Beyer speed figure of 119 and a #1 on the Ragozian sheets and finished the mile and 3/16 race on dirt in a very impressive 1:55.4 defeating runner-up Midway Road by 1-1/2 lengths and third place finisher Bowman's Band another 2-1/2 behind them.
One month later he had solid runner-up finish in the $800,000 grade one Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. In that race he lost to Colonial Colony, by only a nose, but defeated multiple graded stakes winner Perfect Drift. He concluded his four year-old season in 2004 with a record of (4): 3-1-0 with annual earnings of $1,612,150.
Southern Image stands at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He is also standing during the Southern Hemisphere season at Widden Stud, Australia beginning in 2006.