Alibhai (horse)

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Alibhai
Sire Hyperion
Grandsire Gainsborough
Dam Teresina
Damsire Tracery
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1938
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Aga Khan III
Owner Louis B. Mayer
Record unraced
Earnings US$
Honours
California Thoroughbred Hall of Fame (1988)

Alibhai (1938-1960) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who was purchased by Hollywood movie mogul Louis B. Mayer for 3,200 guineas and brought to the United States.[1] He was sired by Epsom Derby winner Hyperion who was a six-time leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland. Grandsire Gainsborough was the 1918 English Triple Crown champion. Alibhai's dam Teresina was the daughter of Tracery whose major wins included the 1912 St. Leger Stakes and 1913 Champion Stakes.[2]

Injured during training in California, Alibhai never raced but became a very important sire in the United States. He was sent to stand at stud in 1941 at Louis Mayer's California farm and was an immediate success, leading the California sires lists for five straight years. Syndicated for a then world record price of $500,000, in 1947 Alibhai was moved to stand at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where he died in 1960 at the age of twenty-two.[3]

In all, Alibhai sired 54 stakes winners of which his best were:

Pedigree of Alibhai
Sire
Hyperion
Gainsborough Bayardo Bay Ronald
Galicia
Rosedrop St. Frusquin
Rosaline
Selene Chaucer St. Simon
Canterbury Pilgrim
Serenissima Minoru
Gondolette
Dam
Teresina
Tracery Rock Sand Sainfoin
Roquebrune
Topiary Orme
Plaisanterie
Blue Tit Wildfowler Gallinule
Tragedy
Petit Bleu Eager
Letterewe

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thoroughbred Heritage
  2. ^ Pedigree Query
  3. ^ February 2006 California Thoroughbred magazine article on the California Hall of Fame containing profiles of the Thoroughbred inductees of 1988.