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Tom Fool

Tom Fool
Sire Menow
Dam Gaga
Grandsire Pharamond
Damsire Bull Dog
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1949
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Duval A. Headley
Owner Greentree Stables
Racing silks: Pink, black stripes on sleeves, black cap.
Trainer John M. Gaver, Sr.
Record 30: 21-7-1
Earnings $570,165
Tom Fool is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Gaga by Menow. He was born around 1949 in the United States, and was bred by Duval A. Headley.
Major wins
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1951)
Grand Union Hotel Stakes (1951)
East View Stakes (1951)
Jerome Handicap (1952)
Grey Lag Handicap (1952)
Empire City Handicap (1952)
Wilson Stakes (1952, 1953)
Metropolitan Handicap (1953)
Suburban Handicap (1953)
Brooklyn Handicap (1953)
Whitney Handicap (1953)
Carter Handicap (1953)
Pimlico Special (1953)
U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1951)
2nd New York Handicap Triple (1953)
U.S. Champion Older Horse (1953)
U.S. Champion Sprint Horse (1953)
United States Horse of the Year (1953)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1965)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1960)
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1977)
#11 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Tom Fool (1949-1976) was an American thoroughbred horse racing Champion and Hall of Fame inductee.

Owned by Greentree Stables, the bay colt was the son of Menow out of the mare Gaga. Tom Fool was trained by John M. Gaver, Sr. and ridden by Ted Atkinson. In his first season racing as a two-year-old, he had five wins and two seconds in seven starts, a performance that earned him Champion 2-Year-Old Colt honors for 1951.

Much was expected of Tom Fool in his three-year-old season, but after he finished second in the Wood Memorial Stakes, the horse's veterinarian discovered he had been running with a high fever and the illness forced Tom Fool out of racing for more than two months. While the 1952 racing season was a difficult one, he still managed to win the majority of his races. In 1953, as a healthy four-year-old Tom Fool showed his greatness. Undefeated in ten races, he became only the second horse to win New York's Handicap Triple: the Metropolitan, Suburban, and Brooklyn Handicaps. En route to being voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, Tom Fool also won the Whitney Stakes and captured the Pimlico Special in his final race.

As a sire

Retired to stud, with a career record of 21-7-1 in 30 starts, Tom Fool sired numerous stakes winners, including:

  • Buckpasser - 1966 U.S. Horse of the Year, U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee

Tom Fool was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1960 and in the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, he ranked #11.

He died in 1976.



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