Shut Out (horse)
|Owner||Helen Hay Whitney|
|Trainer||John M. Gaver, Sr.|
|Record||40 Starts: 16 – 6 - 4|
American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1942)
Belmont Stakes (1942)
|Last updated on November 20, 2008|
Shut Out (foaled in Kentucky in 1939), was an American Thoroughbred racehorse sired by Hall of Famer Equipoise, the multiple stakes winning champion his fans called "The Chocolate Soldier." Shut Out was bred by the Greentree Stable in Lexington, Kentucky owned by Mrs. Payne Whitney (Helen Hay Whitney) who had also bred his dam, Goose Egg, by the French stallion, Chicle.
The year Shut Out was born Greentree Stables also produced Devil Diver who would eclipse Shut Out in fame and achievements, yet it was Shut Out who won both the 1942 Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes under jockey Wayne D. Wright.
Devil Diver beat Shut Out in the 1941 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds. But Shut Out proved the better three-year-old. Hall of Fame conditioner John Gaver, training for Greentree Stables, gave Eddie Arcaro his choice of Kentucky Derby mount: Devil Diver or Shut Out. Arcaro chose Devil Diver. Arcaro and his choice came in sixth. Arcaro switched mounts for the Belmont Stakes, riding Shut Out to victory.
Shut Out's real rival that year was Alsab who had been the U.S. Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. Alsab also took 1942's three-year-old honors. Yet Shut Out had come close to winning the 1942 Triple Crown, only losing the Preakness Stakes to Alsab by a small margin, finishing 5th after a troubled trip. He'd also won the prestigious Travers Stakes, again under Arcaro. Shut Out held a 3 to 2 margin over Alsab when Alsab finished 4th in his career finale, where Shut Out was third in an overnight handicap in 1944.
Shut Out died in 1964 after a respectable career at stud siring a number of stakes winners for Greentree such as One Hitter.
Notes and references
- “The History of Thoroughbred Racing in America,” by William H.P. Robertson, Bonanza Books, New York