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Wistful (horse)

Sire Sun Again
Dam Easy Lass
Grandsire Sun Teddy
Damsire Blenheim
Gender Mare
Foaled 1946
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Calumet Farm
Owner Calumet Farm
Trainer Ben A. Jones
Record 51: 13-6-10
Earnings $213,060
Wistful is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Easy Lass by Sun Again. She was born around 1946 in the United States, and was bred by Calumet Farm.
Major wins
Kentucky Oaks (1949)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1949)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1949)
Whirlaway Stakes (1949)
Clark Handicap (1951)
Ben Ali Stakes (1951)
Beverly Handicap (1950)
Clang Handicap (1950)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1949)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Wistful (foaled in 1946 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred filly racehorse. The daughter of Sun Again and granddaughter of Sun Teddy is best remembered for wins in the Kentucky Oaks, the Coaching Club American Oaks, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. In 1949, she was voted by the country's top sports writers as the American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.[1]


Early career

Wistful was born in 1946 in Kentucky. She was born in the glory days of old Calumet Farm, being bred, reared and raced by the industry's standard bearer. She therefore ran her races with her jockeys wearing the "Devil Red Silks" of Calumet. Wistful never ran as a two year-old.

Three year-old season

Wistful showed up big in her first three stakes races as a three year-old. She ran against three year-old colts and won in the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in March. Then she placed second in the grade one Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April, losing to a longshot named Tall Weeds. She ran so well in those three races that her connections decided to enter her in the first two jewels of America's defacto Filly Triple Crown: the Kentucky Oaks and the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. She ran a gritty race and went on to win the Kentucky Oaks over The Fat Lady and Lady Dorimar in a strong field of ten fillies. She continued her sharp performances in the grade two Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at "Old Hilltop" in Baltimore, Maryland. Wistful rode away with the win, dominating her foes in a field of nine fillies that day at Pimlico Race Course.

Throughout her three year-old season, she performed admirably with strong, consistent runs. In June, she ran a disappointing third in the Cleopatra Stakes at Arlington Park in Chicago, Illinois. In August, she won the grade one Coaching Club American Oaks at 1-3/8 mile on the dirt at Belmont Park. Later that year, she was turned out for the winter and freshened for her four-year-old season. During that spirited 1949 campaign, she did more than enough to win over fans and voters, as the nation's sportswriters voted her American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.

Four- and five year-old seasons

At age four, Wistful continued to show strong runs. She campaigned all over the country, from the northeast in New York to the deep southwest in Southern California. In 1950, she won the Arlington Matron Handicap and ran third in the Cleopatra Handicap, both at Arlington Park in Chicago. She also won the Clang Handicap and placed third in the prestigious grade one Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park in New York.

In the spring of her five year-old season, Wistful won the Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland, less than one mile from where she was born and raised on Versailles Road in Lexington, Kentucky. Most of the success that she achieved late in her career happened during the summers in California. In successive years, she ran in both the Vanity Handicap and the Beverly Handicap in 1950 and 1951 at Hollywood Park. She placed second in 1951 to Bewitch and third in 1952 to her own stablemate and champion Two Lea in the grade one Vanity. She won and placed second in the Beverly in back to back runnings. She also ran third in the San Mateo Handicap at Bay Meadows Racetrack just outside San Francisco in 1951. During that time, she also shipped east and placed in the Ladies Handicap, the oldest stakes race in the U.S. exclusively for fillies and mares, losing to Next Move.

The biggest win in the twilight of her career came at the end of her five year-old season, when she stunned the males in November 1951 and won the grade two Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. At the time, she was preparing to retire and was listed on the morning line as a long shot. She turned the tables on the boys under jockey Douglas Dodson and won the nine furlong race in 1:44.00.


Wistful was retired and sent back to the place it all began for her, "her home" at the venerable Calumet Farm, to breed and live out the rest of her years as the elder matron of the farm.



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