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Watervale (horse)

Watervale
Sire Watercress
Dam Lady Violet
Grandsire Springfield
Damsire The Ill-Used
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1908
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder August Belmont, Jr.
Owner August Belmont, Jr.
Trainer John Walen
Summary
Watervale is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lady Violet by Watercress. He was born around 1908 in the United States, and was bred by August Belmont, Jr..
Major wins
American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1911)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Watervale (foaled 1908 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse of exceptional speed who set two track records in the United States and a national record in Canada.

Bred at August Belmont Jr.'s Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky, Watervale's dam was the retrospective American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly for 1892. His British-born sire, Watercress, was a winner of the 1892 Prince of Wales's Stakes who was imported to the United States by prominent breeder, James Ben Ali Haggin. Watercress also sired the very good filly, Rhine Maiden. His grandsire, Springfield, was bred by Queen Victoria and was a winner of the first two runnings of the July Cup in 1876-1877 at Newmarket Racecourse.

Among his races at age two, Watervale won a six furlong race for his age group at Sheepshead Bay Race Track [1] and finished third in the Grand Union Hotel Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. [2]

Racing at age three, on May 1, 1911 Watervale equaled the Pimlico track record of 1:12 1/5 for six furlongs. [3] Ridden by Eddie Dugan, on May 17, 1911 Watervale set another Pimlico track record of 1:51 flat for 1⅛ miles in winning an American Classic, the Preakness Stakes. On July 5, 1911, Watervale broke the Canadian record for a mile and a furlong when he won the feature race at Fort Erie Racetrack in Fort Erie, Ontario. His winning time of 151 2/5 was achieved despite being slowed by his jockey before the finish line. [4]

At stud, Watervale met with limited success as a sire.

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