Seeking The Gold

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Seeking The Gold
Sire Mr. Prospector
Grandsire Raise A Native
DamCon Game
Damsire Buckpasser
Foaled(1985-04-07)April 7, 1985
DiedJuly 28, 2016(2016-07-28) (aged 31)
CountryUnited States
Breeder Ogden Phipps
OwnerOgden Phipps
Trainer Shug McGaughey
Record15: 8-6-0
Major wins
Super Derby (1988)
Peter Pan Stakes (1988)
Dwyer Stakes (1988)
Swale Stakes (1988)
Last updated on June 14, 2017

Seeking The Gold (April 7, 1985 – July 28, 2016) was an American thoroughbred racehorse and a successful sire.


Background and Family

Seeking The Gold, a bay colt, was bred in Kentucky by Ogden Phipps, who also owned him. One of numerous top class runners sired by Mr. Prospector, Seeking The Gold was out of the Buckpasser mare Con Game, who also produced Remsen Stakes winner Fast Play and the Jamaica Handicap winner Stacked Pack. [1]

Racing career

Seeking The Gold ran only once as a juvenile, making his debut race in late December 1987 a winning one. [2]

Seeking The Gold showed his best form as a three-year-old in 1988. He won the Super Derby, Peter Pan Stakes, Dwyer Stakes, and Swale Stakes, a race in which he went into undefeated.

He was narrowly beaten by Forty Niner in both the Haskell Invitational Stakes and the Travers Stakes, [3] then also finished second again to Alysheba in the 1988 Breeder's Cup Classic, all with jockey Pat Day aboard coming with late runs and fast finishes for the runner-up placings. He was also second in both the Gotham Stakes and Wood Memorial Stakes to Private Terms earlier in the year.

Seeking The Gold ran twice as an older horse, winning an allowance at Belmont Park in May 1989, and finishing second nine days later in the Metropolitan Handicap behind Proper Reality. [2]

Stud record

As a Sire

Seeking The Gold was pensioned in November 2008 after standing stud at Claiborne Farm for a fee that was as high as USD $250,000 before being lowered to USD $125,000 (live foal) in 2005. [4] In 19 crops of foals, Seeking The Gold sired at least 91 stakes winners, of which 18 were G1 winners and 5 were champions. His progeny include:

Seeking The Gold was crowned the Leading Freshman Sire of 1993, and Leading Juvenile Sire of 1994. [5] [6]

As a Broodmare Sire

Seeking The Gold has also achieved prominence as a broodmare sire, as his daughters have produced 76 graded stakes winners with combined progeny earnings of more than $213.8 million. [7] As a broodmare sire, his most notable runners include:

Other notable descendants include Warrior's Reward, Awesome Slew, Pine Island, Dancing Forever, Pomeroy, Mushka, Robe Decollete, Internallyflawless, Riskaverse, Better Lucky, Lighthouse Bay, Swift Temper, and Graceful Leap (JPN).


After being pensioned from stud duty in November 2008, Seeking the Gold was allowed to continue to reside in one of the stallion barns at Claiborne Farm. [4]

Seeking The Gold was humanely euthanized at Claiborne Farm on July 28, 2016 due to the infirmities of old age. On hearing of the horse's death, Shug McGaughey said "He was a very, very successful racehorse. One of my all-time favorites. He gave 110% every time." [8]


Pedigree of Seeking The Gold, bay stallion, foaled April 7, 1985 [9]
Mr. Prospector
b. 1970
Raise a Native
ch. 1961
Native Dancer
gr. 1950
Raise You
ch. 1946
Case Ace
Lady Glory
Gold Digger
b. 1962
b. 1952
dkb/br. 1946
Count Fleet
Miss Dogwood
Con Game
dkb/br. 1974
b. 1963
Tom Fool
b. 1949
blk. 1947
War Admiral
b. 1959
Hasty Road
dkb/br. 1951
Traffic Court
b. 1945
Bird Flower (Family 5-c)

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