|Dam||For The Flag|
|Trainer||Michael W. Dickinson|
|Vertigineux is a thoroughbred racehorse out of For The Flag by Kris S.. She was born around 1995 in the United States, and was bred by Eric Kronfeld.|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on 5 August 2010|
Vertigineux (foaled, 1995 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred mare racehorse. She is out of the stakes-winning Forli mare For The Flag, by the outstanding sire Kris S. Her owner is Eric Kronfeld, who bought back Vertigineux for $120,000 after she failed to meet her reserve at the 1996 Keenland yearling sale. Her name means "breathtaking" or "dazzling" (speed) in French.
During her racing career, she was trained by Michael Dickinson and had a modest career, consisting of two wins on Belmont turf in seven starts.
Vertigineux is best known, however, not for her racing success as a winner, but for her success as a broodmare. She is the dam of two Grade I stakes winners: Balance, by Thunder Gulch, and Zenyatta, by Street Cry. Zenyatta is as of 2010 undefeated in 18 career starts and is the only female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. She is also the only horse to win two different Breeders' Cup races. Vertigineux has also produced graded stakes winner Where's Bailey, who is her first foal. She also is the dam of a 2006 Pulpit filly named Treasure, and a 2007 colt named Souper Spectacular by Giant's Causeway.