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Sire Relaunch
Dam Grey Parlo
Grandsire In Reality
Damsire Grey Dawn
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1983
Country United States
Color Gray
Breeder Frank E. Mackle Jr.
Owner Joseph Federico
Trainer Guido Federico
Record 30: 19-4-3
Earnings US$2,225,360
Waquoit is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Grey Parlo by Relaunch. He was born around 1983 in the United States, and was bred by Frank E. Mackle Jr..
Major wins
Cape Cod Stakes (1985)
Miles Standish Stakes (1985)
Governor's Stakes (1985)
Jamaica Handicap (1986)
Yankee Handicap (1986)
Brooklyn Handicap (1987, 1988)
Michigan Mile And One-Eighth Handicap (1987)
Massachusetts Handicap (1987)
William Almy Jr. Handicap (1987)
Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (1988)
Governor's Handicap (Suffolk Downs) (1988)
Waquoit Stakes at Suffolk Downs
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Waquoit (1983-2007) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won races at short and long distances en route to career earnings of more than $2.2 million. Standing close to seventeen hands, Waquoit was sired by Relaunch, a multiple stakes winner who sired several top runners including two Breeders' Cup winners. Waquoit's dam was Grey Parlo, a daughter of Grey Dawn, the French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt who was the only horse to ever beat the great Sea Bird and who became the leading broodmare sire in North America in 1990.

Waquoit was purchased at the 1984 Keeneland fall yearling sale for a very modest $15,000 by Joseph Federico, a Boston, Massachusetts building contractor and a native of Sulmona, in the Abruzzo Region of Italy. The colt was given the name of the village of Waquoit on Cape Cod. [1] Trained by Guido Federico, the owner's cousin, Waquoit would become known for his ability to run on muddy dirt tracks. He began racing from a base at Suffolk Downs in Boston. While he won several minor stakes as a two-year-old, during the latter part of his three-year-old campaign he began to show his true ability in October of 1986 with wins in the Jamaica Handicap at New York's Belmont Park [2] followed by the Yankee Handicap at Suffolk Downs. [3] As a four-year-old in 1987, Waquoit won the Massachusetts Handicap, much to the delight of his hometown fans, plus the prestigious Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. [4] He was voted Horse of the Year by members of the New England Turf Writers Association. [5] Injured, Waquoit did not return to training until April 2, 1988. Making his first start on June 4, the now five-year-old Waquoit won the Governor's Handicap at Suffolk Downs by an impressive seven lengths. On July 24, he defeated Personal Flag to win his second consecutive edition of the Brooklyn Handicap. [6] During his career, Waquoit had show ability at both short and longer distances, most exceptionally demonstrating that on October 8, 1988 with a fifteen-length win in the mile and a half Jockey Club Gold Cup. [7] Not nominated for the Breeders' Cup, Waquoit's owner paid a $360,000 supplemental fee in order to run him in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic. The final start of his career, Waquoit finished third to Alysheba. [8]

Syndicated to stud

Syndicated for $3 million, beginning with the 1989 breeding season Waquoit stood at stud at the newly established Northview Stallion Station on acreage that had been Windfields Farm's Northview Annex at Chesapeake City, Maryland. [9] During his career at stud he sired 348 winners including thirty stakes race winners. Of his progeny, millionaire Grade 1 winner Halo America was the most successful on the track. [10] Through his daughter, Ice Beauty, Waquoit was the damsire of Sweetnorthernsaint.

Twenty-four-year old Waquoit was euthanized due to infirmities brought on by old age on June 14, 2007, at Northview Stallion Station. [11]



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