|Breeder||Raymond R. Guest|
|Trainer||Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr.|
|Tom Rolfe is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pocahontas by Ribot. He was born around 1962 in the United States, and was bred by Raymond R. Guest.|
American Classic Race wins:|
Preakness Stakes (1965)
|U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1965)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
The racehorse Tom Rolfe (1962 - 1989) was one of the best American sons of the great racehorse and sire Ribot. His dam was Pocahontas, from whom he takes his name (the historical Pocahontas's only child was named Thomas). His half-siblings include the talented racehorse and sire Chieftain (a son of Bold Ruler).
A small horse, Tom Rolfe stood 15.2 hands and weighed less than 1,000 pounds. However, he became a winner of 16 of his 31 starts, with total earnings of $671,297. Ridden by future Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, he ran third to winner Lucky Debonair in the 1965 Kentucky Derby, then came back to win the Preakness Stakes. At the end of the year, he was voted American Champion 3-Year-Old Male Horse honors.
His sire, Ribot, won back-to-back runnings of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and Tom Rolfe was shipped to Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France to contest the 1965 Arc. He finished sixth on the grass course to the great Sea Bird, but that result remains one of the best ever by an American-trained entry in that French Classic.
Retired to stud at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, Tom Rolfe proved a successful sire. Known today largely as a sire of outstanding broodmares, his best offspring on the track was the 1970 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and 1987 leading broodmare sire Hoist The Flag. Tom Rolfe died in 1989 and was buried at the farm's Marchmont cemetery.