Allez France

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For the 1964 film released under this name, see The Counterfeit Constable.
Allez France
Sire Sea-Bird
Grandsire Dan Cupid
Dam Priceless Gem
Damsire Hail To Reason
Sex Mare
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Bieber-Jacobs Stable
Owner Daniel Wildenstein
Trainer Albert Klimscha
Angel Penna, Sr. (at age 4)
Record 21: 13-3-1
Earnings $1,386,146
Major wins
Critérium des Pouliches (1972)
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1973)
Prix de Diane (1973)
Prix Vermeille (1973)
Prix Ganay (1974, 1975)
Prix d'Ispahan (1974)
Prix Foy (1974, 1975)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1974)
Prix Dollar (1975)
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in France (1972)
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in France (1973)
Champion Older Mare in France (1974 & 1975)
Horse of the Year in France (1974)
French Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Prix Allez France at Chantilly Racecourse
Last updated on August 25, 2008

Allez France (May 24, 1970 - December 11, 1989) was a French Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse. She was the first filly in Thoroughbred horse racing history to earn $1 million, according to the United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.[1] However, Sports Illustrated says that Dahlia was "the first filly to win $1 million (just before Allez did it)",[2] and the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame contradicts itself by saying that Dahlia was "the first female Thoroughbred to earn $1 million."[3]

Purchased from her Kentucky breeder by French art dealer Daniel Wildenstein, she became his first important horse and the spur for his substantial investment in racehorses and bloodstock. For his horses in France, Wildenstein operated Dayton Investments Limited. For those in the United States, he owned the Allez France Stables.

During her racing career from age two to five, Allez France was the preeminent filly in France. In 1974, under new trainer Angel Penna, Sr., she went undefeated and won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, France's most prestigious horse race. She was crowned French Horse of the Year. See

As a six-year-old, Allez France was sent to race in the United States but, as was the case in other races outside of France, she did not do well. In 1976, she was retired as a broodmare to Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

Allez France was the dam of the successful sire Air De France (1984–2004), who sired 11 stakes winners with a total of 34 stakes wins.[4]

After her death, Allez France was honored by being buried next to Man O' War and other greats at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born in the same year as Secretariat, 1970, and died in the same year as Secretariat: 1989.


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