|Sire||Sir Gallahad III|
|Breeder||Robert A. Fairbairn|
|Owner||Milky Way Farm
Silks: Orange, White Star, White Sleeves, Chocolate & White Cap
|San Vicente Stakes (1940)
Kentucky Derby (1940)
|Gallahadion Court in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; Jacksonville, Florida; Owensboro, Kentucky; Parker, Colorado; Tallahassee, Florida; Winchester, Kentucky|
|Last updated on July 9, 2013|
Gallahadion (1937-Not found) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known as the 1940 winner of the Kentucky Derby. A son of the Champion sire Sir Gallahad III, his damsire was U.S. Horse of the Year Reigh Count who won the 1928 edition of the Kentucky Derby. Owned by Ethel V. Mars' Milky Way Farm, so named for her company's famous chocolate bar brand, Gallahadion raced at age three in California. Although he was unplaced in the Santa Anita Derby and the San Juan Capistrano Handicap, after winning the 1940 San Vicente Stakes and finishing second in the Derby Trial, Gallahadion was entered in the Kentucky Derby.He came from Giles County, Tn. He had 80-1 odds but with the odds against him he pulled threw and came in first place.
Triple Crown Races
In the Kentucky Derby, Edward R. Bradley's colt Bimelech, the 1939 U.S. 2-Year-Old Champion, was the overwhelming favorite, bet down to 40¢ on the dollar. Mioland, owned by Charles S. Howard of Seabiscuit fame, was a very distant second choice at more than 6:1 odds. Given almost no chance, Gallahadion was sent off as a 36:1 longshot but under jockey Carroll Bierman scored a startling upset over Bimelech. For owner Ethel V. Mars, whom TIME magazine  reported had been spending more money on horses than another American racehorse owner, Gallahadion was her eighth horse to run in the Derby in the past six years. Previously, Mrs. Mars' best results came in 1935 and 1937 when her horses finished third. Unfortunately, a severe cold kept her at home and she was not at Churchill Downs to see her horse capture the one race she had wanted to win most of all. In the second and third legs of the U.S. Triple Crown, Bimelech came back to win both races. Gallahadion finished third in the Preakness Stakes then found the extra distance in the 1½ mile Belmont Stakes too much and was unplaced.
During the remainder of 1940, Gallahadion met with little success as he did the following year when he raced at age four.
- Gallahadion's pedigree and racing stats
- Gallahadion's 1940 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs official website