Watervale (horse)

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Grandsire Springfield
Dam Lady Violet
Damsire The Ill-Used
Sex Stallion
CountryUnited States
Colour Bay
Breeder August Belmont Jr.
OwnerAugust Belmont Jr.
Trainer John Whalen
Major wins
Triple Crown Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1911)

Watervale (1908 1921) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse of exceptional speed who set two track records in the United States and a national record in Canada.

Thoroughbred Horse breed developed for racing

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Horse racing Equestrian sport

Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports, as its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has been unchanged since at least classical antiquity.

Canada Country in North America

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Bred at August Belmont Jr.'s Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky, Watervale's dam was the retrospective American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly for 1892. His British-born sire, Watercress, was a winner of the 1892 Prince of Wales's Stakes who was imported to the United States by prominent breeder, James Ben Ali Haggin. Watercress also sired the very good filly, Rhine Maiden. [1] His grandsire, Springfield, was bred by Queen Victoria and was a winner of the first two runnings of the July Cup in 1876-1877 at Newmarket Racecourse.

Lexington, Kentucky Consolidated city-county in Kentucky, United States

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. It has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government, with 12 council districts and three members elected at large, with the highest vote-getter designated vice mayor. In the 2018 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 323,780 anchoring a metropolitan area of 516,697 people and a combined statistical area of 760,528 people.

The American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly is an American Thoroughbred horse racing honor awarded annually to a female horse in Thoroughbred flat racing. It became part of the Eclipse Awards program in 1971.

The Prince of Wales's Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile 1 furlong and 212 yards, and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

Racing career

Among his races at age two, Watervale won a six furlong race for his age group at Sheepshead Bay Race Track [2] and finished third in the Grand Union Hotel Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. [3]

Sheepshead Bay Race Track

Sheepshead Bay Race Track was an American Thoroughbred horse racing facility built on the site of the Coney Island Jockey Club at Sheepshead Bay, New York.

Grand Union Hotel Stakes

The Grand Union Hotel Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. A sprint race, it was open to two-year-old horses and run on dirt over a distance of six furlongs.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a thoroughbred horse racing track located on Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, with a capacity of 50,000. Opened in 1863, it is often considered to be the oldest major sporting venue of any kind in the country, but is actually the fourth oldest racetrack in the US.

Racing at age three, on May 1, 1911 Watervale equaled the Pimlico track record of 1:12 1/5 for six furlongs. [4] Ridden by Eddie Dugan, on May 17, 1911 Watervale set another Pimlico track record of 1:51 flat for 1⅛ miles in winning an American Classic, the Preakness Stakes. On July 5, 1911, Watervale broke the Canadian record for a mile and a furlong when he won the feature race at Fort Erie Racetrack in Fort Erie, Ontario. His winning time of 151 2/5 was achieved despite being slowed by his jockey before the finish line. [5]

Pimlico Race Course American thoroughbred horse racetrack

Pimlico Race Course is a thoroughbred horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes. Its name is derived from the 1660s when English settlers named the area where the facility currently stands in honor of Olde Ben Pimlico's Tavern in London. The racetrack is nicknamed "Old Hilltop" after a small rise in the infield that became a favorite gathering place for thoroughbred trainers and race enthusiasts. It is currently owned by the Stronach Group.

Eddie Dugan American jockey

Eddie Dugan was a jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing who won three American Classic Races and two Canadian Classic Races. In addition, Dugan raced and won in Russia.

Preakness Stakes American stakes race for Thoroughbreds, part of the Triple Crown

The Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a Grade I race run over a distance of 9.5 furlongs on dirt. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg); fillies 121 lb (55 kg). It is the second jewel of the Triple Crown, held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.

Stud career

At stud, Watervale met with limited success as a sire. He was euthanized at the Military Stock Farm after becoming blind in October 1921. [6]

Stud (animal) registered animal retained for breeding

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Pedigree of Watervale (USA), bay stallion, 1908 [1]
Watercress (GB)
Springfield (GB)
St.Albans Stockwell
Maid of Palmyra
Wharfedale (GB)
Hermit Newminster
Bonnie DoonRapid Rhone
Queen Mary
Lady Violet (USA)
The Ill-Used (GB)
Breadalbane Stockwell
Blink Bonny
EllermireChanticleer (IRE)
Lady Rosebery (USA)
Kingfisher Lexington
Eltham Lass (GB)
Lady BlessingtonEclipse (GB)
Philo (Family: 4-r)

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