Da Hoss

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Da Hoss
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Da Hoss during a show at the Kentucky Horse Park
Sire Gone West
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam Jolly Saint
Damsire Welsh Saint
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1992
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Fares Farms
Owner Wallstreet Racing Stables
Prestonwood Farm (1996)
Trainer Michael Dickinson[1]
Record 20: 12-5-2
Earnings $1,931,558[2]
Major wins

Best Turn Stakes (1995)
Jersey Derby (1995)
Del Mar Derby (1995)
Fourstardave Handicap (1996)
Pennsylvania Governors' Cup (1996)

Breeders' Cup wins:

Breeders' Cup Mile (1996, 1998)
Honours
Kentucky-bred Turf Horse Male (1998)
Last updated on January 1, 2008

Da Hoss (foaled January 18, 1992) by Gone West (by Mr. Prospector) out of Jolly Saint (by Welsh Saint) is a bay Thoroughbred gelding best known for twice winning the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Background[edit]

He was bred in Kentucky by Fares Farms and originally owned by Prestonwood Farm as well as Wallstreet Racing Stables.

Bought for $6,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland Sales, by Kevin Eikleberry and Clifford Thygesen. Da Hoss was then taken to Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona.

Racing career[edit]

1994–1996: Early career[edit]

Da Hoss had 3 wins in 3 starts at two years of age. In one start, he ran six furlongs in the record time of 1:07 1/5.

At three, he took the Grade III 'Best Turn Stakes (now known as the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes), the Grade II Jersey Derby and the Grade II Del Mar Derby, and came second in the Grade II Gotham Stakes, Illinois Stakes, Swaps Stakes, and Pegasus Stakes.

When he was four, he won the Grade I Breeders' Cup Mile under Gary Stevens, the Grade I Fourstardave Handicap, and the Pennsylvania Governors' Cup.

After Da Hoss won the 1996 Mile by one and a half lengths, he was out of racing for almost two years: 1997 and 1998.

1998: Comeback[edit]

Da Hoss had only one prep race for the 1998 Mile and that was an allowance event, which he easily won. He then came back, ridden by John Velazquez, to take his second Breeders' Cup by a nose over Hawksley Hill. Announcer Tom Durkin yelled, "Oh, my, this is the greatest comeback since Lazarus. He's had one race in two years."

The 1998 Mile was Da Hoss' final race. In his twenty starts, he won 12 races, placed in 5 others, and came home third twice. His career earnings amounted to $1,931,558.

Until Ouija Board took her second non-consecutive Breeders' Cup win in 2006, Da Hoss was one of only six horses to ever win two Breeders' Cup races and the only one to win in non-consecutive years.

Retirement[edit]

Da Hoss now lives at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Hall of Champions.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tapeta.com/trainer.html Michael Dickinson bio
  2. ^ http://www.pedigreequery.com/da+hoss The pedigree of Da Hoss
  3. ^ http://www.kyhorsepark.com/khp/champions/dahoss.asp Da Hoss at the Kentucky Horse Park