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Vigil II

For the 1876 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse of the same name, see Vigil (horse).
Sire Jim Gaffney
Dam Vignola
Grandsire Golden Garter
Damsire Solitaire
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1920
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Arthur B. Hancock
Owner Walter J. Salmon, Sr.
Trainer Thomas J. Healey
Record not found
Earnings US$
Vigil is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Vignola by Jim Gaffney. He was born around 1920 in the United States, and was bred by Arthur B. Hancock.
Major wins

Debut Purse (1922)
Terminal Purse (1922)
Baldwin Purse (1922)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1923)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Vigil (foaled 1920) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1923 Preakness Stakes in a performance the Los Angeles Times called "the most brilliant victory in the history of the Preakness." [1]

Bred by Arthur B. Hancock[2], he was purchased and raced by Walter J. Salmon, Sr. His trainer was future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Thomas "T.J." Healey


Racing at age two, Vigil won for the first time on July 10, 1922 at Empire City Race Track when he captured the Debut Purse for maidens under jockey James Butwell. [3] He went on to win other minor races including a division of the Baldwin Purse at Saratoga Race Course under jockey Lavelle Ensor.


Overshadowed by Rancocas Stable's Champion colt, Zev, Vigil entered 1923 well down the list of important three-year-old prospects. On April 30, 1923, he ran second to H. P. Whitney's filly, Enchantment, in the Carolina Purse at Maryland's Havre de Grace Racetrack.

In the 1923 U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness Stakes was run first and Vigil easily defeated Zev to win the May 13 race in a performance the Los Angeles Times called "the most brilliant victory in the history of the Preakness." [4] The great Zev finished in twelfth place, more than twenty-five lengths behind Vigil. Zev was so soundly beaten that his trainer Sam Hildreth decided not to run him in the upcoming May 19 Kentucky Derby. [5] However, Hildreth changed his mind and Zev won the Derby with Vigil finishing third behind runner-up, Martingale.

During the remainder of his three-year-old campaign, Vigil never returned to the form he had shown in the Preakness. Among his significant races, he finished third in the Havre de Grace Handicap and fourth in both the Merchants and Citizens Handicap and the Lawrence Realization Stakes. Vigil returned to race at age four and five with little success.



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