Mr. Prospector

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Mr. Prospector
Sire Raise a Native
Grandsire Native Dancer
Dam Gold Digger
Damsire Nashua
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Leslie Combs II
Owner Abraham I. Savin
Trainer Jimmy Croll
Record 14: 7–4–2
Earnings $112,170
Major wins
Gravesend Handicap (1974)
Whirlaway Handicap (1974)
Leading sire in North America (1987, 1988)
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1997–2003, 2005–06)
Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Last updated on January 9, 2010

Mr. Prospector (March 28, 1970 – June 1, 1999) was a thoroughbred racehorse foaled in Kentucky whose descendants have dominated the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. He won half of his 14 career races.


Mr. Prospector's sire was Raise a Native, a son of Native Dancer. He was out of the mare Gold Digger, a daughter of Nashua sired by Nasrullah.[1] A $200,000 yearling in 1971 (a significant price for the early 1970s), "Mr. P", as he came to be known, was trained by Jimmy Croll, a Hall of Fame member who went on to train Holy Bull.

Racing career[edit]

Mr. Prospector was a contemporary of Secretariat. He did not contest the Triple Crown, but he proved successful over sprint distances. Mr. Prospector won the Gravesend Handicap and the Whirlaway Handicap and set track records for six furlongs (1,207 m) at Gulfstream Park and Garden State, but his racing record provided little inkling of his success as a sire.

Stud career[edit]

Mr. Prospector sired one winner of each of the Triple Crown races, a feat his grandson, Unbridled, has also accomplished. His Triple Crown race winners were 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, a promising young sire; 1985 Preakness Stakes winner Tank's Prospect; and 1982 Belmont Stakes winner and Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo.

Ancestry and legacy[edit]

In tail-male descent (traced entirely through males, the line in which Mr. Prospector has made his mark), Mr. Prospector descends from the Darley Arabian, through Eclipse. Virtually all horses of this line alive today descend through Whalebone (foaled 1807), via Stockwell (1849). The overwhelming majority of these descend from Stockwell's grandson Bend Or (1877) through his great-great-grandson Phalaris (1913). Successful sire-lines continue to crowd out less successful ones as breeders seek successful bloodlines, and in recent years Mr. Prospector has appeared likely to join this catalogue of likely tail-male ancestors of major racers, whether they be heavily promoted and trained and owned by prominent figures, or "Cinderellas" like Smarty Jones or Funny Cide.

On June 1, 1999, Mr. Prospector died in his stall of complications from colic at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He was buried between Nijinsky and Secretariat.


Mr. Prospector's male-line descendents with Triple Crown races won:


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Preceded by
Crowned Prince
Most expensive Thoroughbred colt yearling
July 1971 – July 1973