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White Skies

White Skies
Sire Sun Again
Dam Milk Dipper
Grandsire Sun Teddy
Damsire Milkman
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1949
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Charles Nuckols , Jr.
Owner William M. Wickham
Trainer Thomas F. Root, Sr.
Record 37: 20-8-4
Earnings US$246,025
White Skies is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Milk Dipper by Sun Again. He was born around 1949 in the United States, and was bred by Charles Nuckols , Jr..
Major wins
Pageant Handicap (1952)
Princeton Handicap (1952)
Sport Page Handicap (1953)
New Rochelle Handicap (1953)
Interborough Handicap (1953)
Carter Handicap (1954)
Toboggan Handicap (1954)
Paumonok Handicap (1954)
Roseben Handicap (1954)
American Champion Sprint Horse (1954)
White Skies Handicap at Arlington Park
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

White Skies (1949-1955) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by renowned Lexington, Kentucky horseman, Charles Nuckols , Jr., he was out of the mare Milk Dipper and sired by Calumet Farm's Arlington Futurity winner, Sun Again.

Purchased and raced by Kentucky tobacco grower, William M. Wickham, he was trained by former jockey, Tommy Root. An October 19, 1987 article in Sports Illustrated referred to White Skies as a "bullet" horse in the same vein as racing greats such as Tom Fool, Decathlon, Ta Wee, Dr. Fager, and Forego. [1]

White Skies earned wins in the 1952 Pageant and Princeton Handicaps. Best suited as a sprinter, he raced primarily at distances of six to seven furlongs. At age four in 1953, his wins included the Interborough and Sport Page Handicaps plus he set a new track record of 1:22 3/5 for seven furlongs in a win at the Atlantic City Race Course. [2] At age five, White Skies had his best year and was voted the 1954 American Champion Sprint Horse. His wins included the Carter, Toboggan and Paumonok Handicaps plus the seven-furlong Rosben Handicap in a time of 1:22 2/5, only two-fifths of a second slower than the track record set forty-eight years earlier in 1906.

Regularly burdened with weights from 132 to 136 pounds, even when White Skies lost, the winner's time often had to be very fast as was the case when he finished second in track record time in the Oceanport Stakes to Robert L. Gerry's Master Ace at Monmouth Park. In the race, Master Ace carried 106 pounds to White Skies' 136.

White Skies raced again in 1955 at age six, and after going undefeated in seven career races at tracks in New York state, he incurred his first loss there in the 1955 Paumonok Handicap when he ran third to winner, Bobby Brocato. On May 2, 1955, White Skies suffered a compound fracture of his right hind cannon bone during a training run at Jamaica Racetrack in Queens, New York and had to be euthanized. [3]

Pedigree of White Skies
Sun Again
Sun Teddy Teddy Ajax
Sunmelia Sun Briar
Hug Again Stimulus Ultimus
Affection Isidor
One I Love
Milk Dipper
Milkman Cudgel Broomstick
Eugenia Burch
Milkmaid Peep O Day
Nell Olin
Afloat Man o' War Fair Play
Problem Superman



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