Pine Bluff (horse)
American Triple Crown Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1992)
Pine Bluff (foaled 1989 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by John Ed Anthony's Loblolly Stable, he was a son of Danzig and grandson of the 20th Century's most important sire, Northern Dancer. His dam, Rowdy Angel, was a daughter of two-time North American Champion sire Halo.
Early racing career
Pine Bluff was a promising colt from the day he stepped on the race track in 1991 at age two. In his first attempt at racing, he broke his maiden and won, then he was elevated several levels and was sent straight into graded stakes races. Pine Bluff was shipped to upstate New York where he showed with a third place finish in the grade one Champagne Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. In mid-September 1991 he ran back to finish third again to future Preakness qualifier Agincourt of Nick Zito's stable in the seven furlong grade one Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park. In late October he won the grade three Nashua Stakes over a mile at Belmont under jockey Craig Perret in 1:46.00 flat. Pine Bluff finished the year in late November with a dazzling win in the grade two Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack finishing the mile and one eighth in 1:50.80 also under rider Craig Perret.
At age three Pine Bluff was shipped to Arkansas home of his owner John Ed Anthony and Loblolly Stable (based in Lake Hamilton, Arkansas) to race in the three year-old series held at Oaklawn Park. In mid-February 1992 Pine Bluff started his sophomore campaign by running second in the one mile Southwest Stakes to future Preakness qualifier Big Sur of D. Wayne Lukas's stable. In mid-March he came back and dominated the grade three Rebel Stakes with a win in 1:42.80 for the mile and one sixteenth after obtaining the services of the nation's premier jockey Jerry D. Bailey. In mid-April Pine Bluff won the grade two Arkansas Derby by a neck over Lil E. Tee in a compact field of six. Bailey was again given the riding assignment by trainer Tom Bohannan and won the mile and one eighth derby in 1:49.40 over a fast track.
1992 Triple Crown series
On the first Saturday in May Loblolly Stable entered Pine Bluff in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Eighteen runners were entered that day but all the buzz centered around one colt that dominated the air waves as the overwhelming favorite, Arazi. In that race Pine Bluff was listed as the third choice at 5-1. Jockey Jerry Bailey chose to ride second choice Technology at 2-1 which allowed his former jockey Craig Perret to pick up the mount on Pine Bluff. As the gates opened up he broke well and settled in fourth going in the turn. Nearing the end of the back stretch Pine Bluff moved into second behind only Dance Floor clocking the first 3/4 of a mile in 1:12.37. Moving into the home stretch Pine Bluff remained a factor in a tight bunch of seven colts. In the last sixteenth of a mile Pine Bluff lack a late response when asked by Perret. Pine Bluff faded to fifth as Lil E. Tee, Casual Lies and Dance Floor finished in the top three places. Odds-on favorite Arazi came in eighth at odds of .90-1.
Two weeks later Pine Bluff's connections had enough confidence to start him in the 1992 Preakness Stakes. Not only did the connections have confidence but so did the public making Pine Bluff the post time favorite at 7-2. After a well publsized round of musical chairs many jockies jumped from one horse to another for the Preakness. In the end Pine Bluff ended up with a new jockey Chris McCarron. Pine Bluff broke slowly from gate four in very close quarters and settled in the middle of a full field of 14 horses in eighth passing the stands for the first time behind leader Big Sur. Around the Club House turn he moved up to sixth as leader Speakerphone finished the first half mile in :46-1/5. Down the back stretch he worked his way to the outside of the field five wide and started advancing on the first flight of horses. He continued his rally at the top of the home stretch pulling up to third. He then brushed with Dance Floor inside the final furlong. Then he wore down the leader Alydeed and beat him at the wire by 3/4 of a length. Pine Bluff's win in the Preakness Stakes proved to be the first of two straight Preakness wins for his trainer, Tom Bohannan and owner Loblolly Stable and John Ed Anthony.
In the final leg of the Triple Crown series, Pine Bluff ran third behind A.P. Indy in the Belmont Stakes but did earn the $1 million bonus paid by Chrysler Corporation to the owner of the horse with the Highest combined Triple Crown finish as part of Triple Crown Bonus Program . Pine Bluff finished with 13 points ahead of both the Derby winner Lil E. Tee with 10 points, Belmont winner A.P. Indy with 10 points and Casual Lies with 8 points.
Pine Bluff's racing career ended only a few weeks after the Belmont, when he took a misstep during a routine training run and tore a ligament in his left foreleg. He finished his racing career with a record of six wins, one second and four third place finishes in 13 total starts for career earnings of $2,255,884. Pine Bluff's "In-the-Money" percentage of 85% (11 of 13 races) ranked him among the top 20 thoroughbreds in history on the date of his retirement. Retired to stud duty, he sired twenty-nine stakes race winners and was pensioned in 2006.
dark brown 1977
|Pas De Nom
dark brown 1959
|Hail to Reason
- Pine Bluff's pedigree and partial racing stats
- July 2, 1992 New York Times article on Pine Bluff's injury and retirement
- Pine Bluff's offspring details at Classic Runners