Lonesome Glory

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Lonesome Glory
Sire Transworld
Grandsire Prince John
Dam Stronghold
Damsire Green Dancer
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1988
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Walter M. Jeffords
Owner Kay Jeffords
Trainer Bruce Miller
Charlie Brooks
Record 42: 23-5-5
Earnings $1,223,669
Major wins
Breeders' Cup Steeplechase
(1993)
Colonial Cup (1994, 1995, 1997)
Iroquois Steeplechase (1997)
Carolina Cup (1997, 1999)
Awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Steeplechase horse
(1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999)
Honours
Lonseome Glory Hurdle Stakes at Belmont Park

Lonesome Glory (1988-–2002) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was a specialist steeplechaser who won the title of American Champion Steeplechase Horse on a record five occasions. In a racing career which lasted from 1991 through 1999, he ran forty-two times and won twenty-three races including many of America's most important steeplechases including the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, the Colonial Cup (three times) and the Carolina Cup (twice). Lonesome Glory also became one of the few American-trained horses to compete successfully in the United Kingdom, winning races in 1992 and 1995. Lonesome Glory was the first American steeplechaser to win more than $1 million in prize money.[1]

Background[edit]

Lonesome Glory, who was foaled on February 18, 1988, was a tall, rangy chestnut horse with a white blaze. He was bred in Kentucky by Walter M. Jeffords, who died in 1990, leaving his horses to his wife, Kay. Lonesome Glory was originally intended for a career in Show-jumping but proved temperamentally unsuitable and was switched to racing. He was trained by Bruce Miller and ridden in most of his races by Blythe Miller, his trainer's daughter.[2]

He was sired by the Irish St. Leger winner Transworld out of the mare Stronghold, a daughter of Green Dancer, a multiple Group One winner who became a leading sire.

Racing career[edit]

Lonesome Glory began his racing career as a three-year-old in 1991, when he won one minor race from four starts. As a four-year-old, Lonesome Glory won five of his seven races. In December, he was sent across the Atlantic to contest the Sport of Kings Challenge, a hurdle race over two miles five and a half furlong at Cheltenham Racecourse in England. He was given little chance, starting a 20/1 outsider, but stayed on strongly in the closing stages to win by a head.[3] After the race, Lonesome Glory and his rider were given an enthusiastic reception by British racegoers: Miller explained that "there were a lot of people around clapping and cheering... I was a little bit stunned."[4] The win, which made headlines in the British press, was the first by an American-trained horse in a British National Hunt race.[5] At the end of the year Lonesome Glory was voted America's champion steeplechaser for the first time at the Eclipse Awards.[4]

In 1993, Lonesome Glory won three races and won his second Eclipse Award. On October 16 at Belmont Park he contested the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase. Ridden by Blythe Miller, Lonesome Glory defeated the odds-on favorite Highland Bud who was partnered by the British Champion jockey Richard Dunwoody.[6] As a six-year-old in 1994, Lonesome Glory's biggest win came in the Colonial Cup at Camden, South Carolina, in which he defeated Mistico by a head.[7] In the voting for the Eclipse Award, he was beaten by Warm Spell.

Lonesome Glory's most successful season came in 1995, when he won six races. On November 12 he claimed his second Colonial Cup, beating Rowdy Irishman by a length and a half after taking the lead at the last fence.[8] In December he returned to England for the Crowngap Handicap Chase at Sandown Park Racecourse in which he faced three rivals including the Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Remittance Man. Lonesome Glory took the lead at the last fence and drew clear to win by eleven lengths.[9] His performances earned him $225,7673 and a third Eclipse Award.[10] Lonesome Glory remained in England under the care of Charlie Brooks and was aimed at the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. After finishing fourth in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock Park racecourse in January however, a muscle injury ended his British campaign.[1] Lonesome Glory raced only three times the remainder of 1996, but returned to form in 1997. In April, running on Lasix for the first time, he won the Carolina Cup from Hudson Bay and Prime Legacy. Blythe Miller explained after the race that "all I had to do was steer him".[11] In Autumn, he added a third Colonial Cup, picking up a $250,000 bonus for winning both races.[12] His successes brought him another championship, equalling the record of four titles set by Flatterer between 1983 and 1986. Lonesome Glory won once from three starts as a ten-year-old. Undefeated in 1999, he won the Carolina Cup for a second time and concluded his career with a win in The Royal Chase at Keeneland and was voted champion steeplechaser for the fifth time.[13][14]

Retirement[edit]

Lonesome Glory was retired from racing at the end of 1999. He died on his owner's farm on February 25, 2002 after being injured in a paddock accident.[1] He was buried on the grounds of the National Steeplechase Museum at Camden, where a bronze statue was erected in his honor.[2]

In 2005 Lonesome Glory was elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.[13]

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Lonesome Glory (USA), chestnut gelding, 1988[15]
Sire
Transworld (USA)
1974
Prince John
1953
Princequillo Prince Rose
Cosquilla
Not Afraid Count Fleet
Banish Fear
Hornpipe
1965 
Hornbeam Hyperion
Thicket
Sugar Bun Mahmoud
Galatea
Dam
Stronghold (FR)
1979
Green Dancer
1972
Nijinsky Northern Dancer
Flaming Page
Green Valley Val de Loir
Sly Pola
Serge de Nimes
1960
Arctic Prince Prince Chevalier
Arctic Sun
Blue Denim Blue Larkpur
Judy O'Grady (Family:16-c)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Steeplechase Legend Lonesome Glory Dies". Equisearch.com. 2002-02-27. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Lonesome Glory". National Steeplechase Museum. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Sport of Kings Challenge Hurdle". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Lonesome Glory's win historic in steeplechase". Ocala Star-Banner. February 9, 1993. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  5. ^ Griffin, Alistair (1992-12-13). "Lonesome Glory's historic first". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Breeders' Cup Steeplechase". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  7. ^ "1994 Colonial Cup". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Lonesome Glory collects Colonial Cup". Herald-Journal. November 13, 1995. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Crowngap Chase". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  10. ^ "Cigar and entourage gallop to top awards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 12, 1996. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  11. ^ "Lonesome Glory claims Carolina Cup". The Item. April 13, 1997. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  12. ^ Orr, Jr., Alex (1997-11-17). "Steeplechase: Colonial Cup; Lonesome Glory Wins 4th Title -". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  13. ^ a b "Lonesome Glory". Racingmuseum.org. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  14. ^ "Charismatic Wins Horse Of Year". CBS News. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  15. ^ "Lonesome Glory pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  16. ^ "Little Agnes - Family 16-c". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-07-17.