Spend A Buck
|Spend A Buck|
|Dam||Belle de Jour|
|Breeder||Irish Hill Farm|
|Spend A Buck is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Belle de Jour by Buckaroo. He was born around 1982 in the United States, and was bred by Irish Hill Farm.|
Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (1984)|
Kentucky Derby (1985)
Jersey Derby (1985)
Monmouth Handicap (1985)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1985)|
United States Horse of the Year (1985)
Calder Race Course Hall of Fame (1995)|
Spend A Buck Stakes at Monmouth Park
Spend A Buck Handicap at Calder Race Course
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on February 8, 2007|
On May 4, 1985, Spend A Buck won the Kentucky Derby by 5-3/4 lengths over Stephan's Odyssey under Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. His 2:00 1/5 time is the fourth-fastest to date, as of 2007. He paid $10.20, $5.40, and $3.40. It was his trainer's, Cam Gambolati, first attempt to win the Derby, a feat not matched again until 2003 when Barclay Tagg saddled Funny Cide for his win.
Earlier in the season, Spend A Buck had won two races at the newly reopened Garden State Park Racetrack in Cherry Hill, NJ: the Cherry Hill Mile on April 6, and the Garden State Stakes on April 20. Before the season had begun, Garden State Park owner Robert Brennan had put up a $2 million bonus to the horse that could win the two April prep races, the Kentucky Derby, and the May 27 Jersey Derby, Garden State's signature race.
Spend A Buck owner Dennis Diaz opted to skip the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, and thus trade Spend A Buck's chance to win the Triple Crown for a shot at the bonus. Cordero, Spend A Buck's regular jockey, was committed to another race that day, so Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. was to ride Spend A Buck at Garden State. Spend A Buck won the Jersey Derby by a neck over eventual Belmont winner Creme Fraiche, capturing a $2.6 million prize, the largest single purse in American racing history. That record stood for 19 years, until Smarty Jones won the 2004 Kentucky Derby and a bonus inspired by Brennan's.
Due to Spend A Buck skipping the last two legs of the Triple Crown, the Triple Crown races immediately put up a bonus of their own, to prevent that from ever happening again.
Spend A Buck was voted the 1985 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt after that impressive season.
Spend A Buck had a very successful post-racing career standing stud,  siring 27 stakes winners with earnings of over $16 million. He died on November 24, 2002 at Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil, following an anaphylactic reaction to penicillin.
|Stepping High||No Robbery||Swaps|
|Bebop II||Prince Bio|
Belle de Jour
|Speak John||Prince John||Princequillo|
|Nuit de Folies||Tornado|