|Maternal grandsire||Guy Parrish (USA)|
|Foaled||1 September 1942|
|Owner||J.M. Bain (NZ)|
|Trainer||J.M. Bain (NZ)|
|1948, 1949 Auckland Pacing Cup |
1950, 1953 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship
|1949 NZ Stake Earner of the Year (Pacers)|
|Half mile track record of 1:59|
Inter Dominion Hall of Fame
|Last updated on: 30 July 2011.|
Captain Sandy was a New Zealand-bred Standardbred racehorse. He is notable in that he won two Inter Dominion Pacing Championship races and two Auckland Cups. He was inducted into the Inter Dominion Hall of Fame, being the first horse to win two grand finals of the race.
He was foaled in 1942 at Oamaru, in the South Island of New Zealand, and reared as a poddy foal, owing to an uncaring dam. Captain Sandy was by Sandydale (USA) P.2:01 ¾ from Waikaura (F1931) by Guy Parrish (USA) tracing through mares by imported sires to the ex-Australian mare Ella G (F1897) by Vancleve (USA) from Rosebud by Tempest (F1885 by Childe Harold (USA)).
He won the following major races:
Captain Sandy also set a new world record on a half mile track of 1:59, breaking Greyhound's record established in 1937.Captain Sandy amassed a total of £43,000 breaking the record of the time held by Highland Fling. He was also the highest stakes winning Thoroughbred or Standardbred, in both Australia and New Zealand until the Thoroughbred, Hydrogen won a higher amount.
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