Tim Tam (horse)
|Trainer||Horace A. Jones|
|Tim Tam is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Two Lea by Tom Fool. He was born around 1955 in USA, and was bred by Calumet Farm.|
American Classic Race wins:|
Kentucky Derby (1958)
Preakness Stakes (1958)
|U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1958)|
|United States Racing Hall of Fame (1985)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on September 17, 2006|
Tim Tam (1955-1982) was an American thoroughbred racehorse. Sired by Tom Fool and out of the great racing mare Two Lea (both sire and dam listed on the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century; Tom Fool at #11 and Two Lea at #77), the dark bay colt was owned and bred by Calumet Farm. Trained by Jimmy Jones, Tim Tam won the Everglades Stakes, the Florida Derby, and the Derby Trial en route to winning the 1958 Kentucky Derby.
After winning the Preakness Stakes, Tim Tam was considered to have a strong chance to capture the American Triple Crown. However, in the Belmont Stakes, coming down the home stretch with a lead that seemed to assure victory, Tim Tam fractured a sesamoid bone and hobbled the last yards across the finish line in second place. His injury ended his career but he went on to be a successful sire.
Although his racing season was cut short, Tim Tam still was elected American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse. Retired to stud, he sired 14 stakes race winners, among them the Hall of Fame filly Tosmah.
In 1985, Tim Tam was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
It has been speculated that Tim Tam was named after Calumet Farm's owner Lucille Markey's beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Timmy Tammy.
The Australian snack biscuit Tim Tam was named after the horse.