All Along

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All Along
Sire Targowice
Grandsire Round Table
Dam Agujita
Damsire Vieux Manoir
Sex Mare
Foaled 1979
Country France
Colour Bay
Breeder Daniel Wildenstein
Owner Daniel Wildenstein. Racing colors: Dark blue, light blue cap.
Trainer Patrick Biancone
Record 21: 9-4-2
Earnings $3,018,420
Major wins
Prix Penelope (1982)
Prix Maurice de Nieuil (1982)
Prix Vermeille (1982)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1983)
Turf Classic (1983)
Rothmans International (1983)
Washington, D.C. International (1983)
Awards
American Champion Female Turf Horse (1983)
American Horse of the Year (1983)
Honours
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1990)
#68 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
All Along Stakes at Colonial Downs
Last updated on 7 July 2009

All Along (7 April 1979 – 23 February 2005) was a champion Thoroughbred racemare that was foaled in France.[1] She was one of the top fillies of the last part of the 20th century, racing mostly in Europe.

Background[edit]

A granddaughter of the Round Table, she was owned by Daniel Wildenstein (1917–2001), the French art dealer. All Along was shipped to France to be trained by Patrick-Louis Biancone.

Racing career[edit]

1981: Two-year-old season[edit]

As a two-year-old, the filly raced only one time and won.

1982: Three-year-old season[edit]

The following year, she competed on turf courses in France, England, and in Japan, winning numerous prestigious races.

1983: Four-year-old season[edit]

In 1983 All Along finished third to Zalataia in the Grand Prix de Chantilly but then finished seventh of the nine runners when favourite for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. After a summer break she returned for the Prix Foy at Longchamp Racecourse. Biancone decided to change the tactics used on the filly and instructed her jockey to hold up the filly for a late run. She made up a great deal of ground in the closing stages to finish second, a length behind the British-trained filly Time Charter.[2]

Ridden by jockey Walter Swinburn, All Along started at odds of 17.3/1 France's most famous race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. She was held up until the straight when she was produced with a strong run along the rail, catching the leader Sun Princess in the last 100 metres and winning by a length. Luth Enchantee beat Time Charter in a photograph for third, meaning that fillies filled the first four places. She was immediately shipped to Toronto, Canada and won the Rothmans International at Woodbine Racetrack. Two weeks later, she won the Turf Classic at Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, New York by 8¾ lengths, then won the Washington, D.C. International Stakes at Laurel, Maryland. Four consecutive wins against the best horses in the world all occurred within 41 days. She was the first horse to win the three prestigious North American races in a row, netting a million-dollar bonus for her owners and Horse of the Year honors in both France and the United States.

She was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Female Turf Horse and became the first filly to win the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year since the voting system had been implemented in the 1970s.

1984: Five-year-old season[edit]

In 1984, she competed in only four races, including a close second in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf.

Stud record[edit]

All Along retired as a broodmare to the Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky. She was the dam of:

  • 1998 bay filly, Armure Royale by Woodman
  • 1993 filly, Arutua by Riverman
  • 1988 filly, All Dancing by Dancing Brave[3]

She died in 2005 and was buried in the cemetery at the Old Bradley Place division of Three Chimneys Farm.

Assessment[edit]

All Along was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1990. In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. Thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, All Along was ranked #68.

Pedigree of All Along (FR), bay mare, 1979
Sire
Targowice (USA)
1970
Round Table Princequillo Prince Rose
Cosquilla
Knight's Daughter (GB) Sir Cosmo
Feola
Matriarch (USA)
1964
Bold Ruler Nasrullah
Miss Disco
Lyceum Bull Lea
Colosseum
Dam
Agujita (FR)
1966
Vieux Manoir Brantome Blandford
Vitamone
Vieille Maison Finglas
Vieille Canaille
Argosy Coastal Traffic (GB) Hyperion
Rose of England
Prosodie Prince Rose
Protein (Family: 1D)
  • All Along was inbred 4 × 4 to the stallion Prince Rose, meaning that the latter appears twice in the fourth generation of her pedigree.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ASB - All Along (FR) Retrieved on 2009-7-7-
  2. ^ Timeform (1984). Racehorses of 1983. Timeform. ISBN 0-900-59940-5. 
  3. ^ ASB – All Along (FR) Retrieved on 10 September 1011