|Breeder||Nelson Bunker Hunt|
|Owner||Nelson Bunker Hunt|
|Youth is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Gazala by Ack Ack. He was born around 1973 in the United States, and was bred by Nelson Bunker Hunt.|
French Classic Race wins:|
Prix du Jockey Club (1976)
American Champion Male Turf Horse (1976)|
Timeform rating: 135
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on 07:14, Thursday February 23 2017 (UTC)|
Youth (foaled 1973 in Maryland) was an American-bred French Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by Texas oilman, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Youth was sired by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Ack Ack. His dam was Hunt's French-bred mare Gazala, a daughter of the 1953 Kentucky Derby winner, Dark Star.
Trained from a base at Chantilly Racecourse in France by Maurice Zilber, Youth's best result in a conditions race at age two was a runnerup position in the 1975 Prix Saint-Roman at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. Age age three, Youth developed into a major star on the turf both in France and in North America. In 1976, Youth had five important wins in France including the Prix Lupin and the French Derby. On October 3 he ran third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to winner Ivanjica after which he was shipped to Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada where under Hall of Fame jockey Sandy Hawley he won the October 23 Canadian International Championship Stakes.  Youth then was sent to Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland for the November 6 Washington, D.C. International Stakes. Again ridden by Sandy Hawley, the colt defeated Arc winner Ivanjica in winning the prestigious event by ten lengths.  Youth's performances earned him the Eclipse Award as the American Champion Male Turf Horse of 1976.
Syndicated, Youth was retired to stud duty in 1987 at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky  where he most notably sired Teenoso, winner of England's Epsom Derby (1983), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1984), and France's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1984).
In 1987, Youth was sent to breeders in Brazil.
- November 7, 1976 Daytona Beach Morning Journal article on Youth's win in the Washington D.C. International