American Flag (horse)

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American Flag
Sire Man o' War
Grandsire Fair Play
Dam Lady Comfey
Damsire Roi Herode
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1922
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Samuel D. Riddle
Owner Glen Riddle Farm
Trainer Gwyn R. Tompkins
George Conway (at 4)
Record 18: 8-1-1
Earnings $82,725
Major wins

Manor Stakes (1924)
Withers Stakes (1925)
Dwyer Stakes (1925)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1925)
Awards
United States' Champion Three-Year-Old colt (1925)
Last updated on August 18, 2007

American Flag (1922–1942) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by Samuel D. Riddle, who owned his sire, Man o' War, he was out of the dam Lady Comfey.

Trained by Gwyn Tompkins, as a two-year-old American Flag's most important performance was a win in the Manor Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. Undefeated at age three, he had important wins in the Withers and Dwyer Stakes plus he captured what became known as the third leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Belmont Stakes. His 1925 performances earned him Champion Three-Year-Old colt honors.

Following the retirement of Gwyn Tompkins, American Flag was sent back to the track at age four under trainer George Conway. In the 1926 Suburban Handicap American Flag ran second to stablemate Crusader, who was another son of Man o' War.

Retired to his owner's Faraway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, as a stallion, American Flag met with modest success. His most notable offspring was the colt Gusto who won the American Derby, Arlington Classic Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and through his mating to the mare Nellie Morse, the filly Nellie Flag who was the 1934 U.S. Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and who became a significant broodmare for Calumet Farm.

In 1942, during World War II, owner Samuel Riddle gave American Flag to the U.S. Army Remount Service. The twenty-year-old horse died that fall at the Remount station near Front Royal, Virginia.[1]

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