Spend A Buck

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Spend A Buck
Sire Buckaroo
Grandsire Buckpasser
Dam Belle de Jour
Damsire Speak John
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1982
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder C. Rowe Harper, Irish Hill Farm
Owner Hunter Farm
Trainer Cam Gambolati
Record 15: 10–3–2
Earnings $4,220,689
Major wins
Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (1984)
Kentucky Derby (1985)
Jersey Derby (1985)
Monmouth Handicap (1985)
Awards
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1985)
United States Horse of the Year (1985)
Honours
Calder Race Course Hall of Fame (1995)
Spend A Buck Stakes at Monmouth Park
Spend A Buck Handicap at Calder Race Course
Last updated on February 8, 2007

Spend A Buck (1982 in western Kentucky – November 24, 2002 in Brazil) was an American thoroughbred race horse.

Background[edit]

Spend A Buck was sired by Buckaroo[1] out of the dam Belle de Jour. Through his son Einstein (BRZ), he is now the primary source for the Buckpasser sire line in the United States.[citation needed] Spend a Buck is inbred 5x5 to Prince Rose and is line bred 5x8x8x6 to Man o' War, while his sire Buckaroo is inbred 4x5 to Blue Larkspur and La Troienne.[2]

Racing career[edit]

On May 4, 1985, Spend A Buck won the Kentucky Derby by 5-3/4 lengths over Stephan's Odyssey under jockey Angel Cordero Jr. (Cordero was inducted into Hall of Fame in 1988). His 2:00 1/5 time is the fourth-fastest to date, as of 2007. He paid $10.20, $5.40, and $3.40. It was his trainer's, Cam Gambolati, first attempt to win the Derby, a feat not matched again until 2003 when Barclay Tagg saddled Funny Cide for his win.

Earlier in the season, Spend A Buck had won two races at the newly reopened Garden State Park Racetrack in Cherry Hill, NJ: the Cherry Hill Mile on April 6, and the Garden State Stakes on April 20. Before the season had begun, Garden State Park owner Robert Brennan had put up a $2 million bonus to the horse that could win the two April prep races, the Kentucky Derby, and the May 27 Jersey Derby, Garden State's signature race.

Spend A Buck owner Dennis Diaz opted to skip the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, and thus trade Spend A Buck's chance to win the Triple Crown for a shot at the bonus. Cordero, Spend A Buck's regular jockey, was committed to another race that day, so Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. rode Spend A Buck at Garden State. Spend A Buck won the Jersey Derby by a neck over eventual Belmont winner Creme Fraiche, capturing a $2.6 million prize, the largest single purse in American racing history. That record stood for 19 years, until Smarty Jones won the 2004 Kentucky Derby and a bonus inspired by Brennan's.

Due to Spend A Buck skipping the last two legs of the Triple Crown, the Triple Crown races put up a bonus of their own to encourage participation in the series.

Honors and awards[edit]

Spend A Buck was voted 1985 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt.

There are several races named for Spend A Buck, including the Spend A Buck Stakes at Monmouth Park and the Grade III Spend A Buck Handicap at Calder Race Course.

Stud career[edit]

Spend A Buck had a very successful post-racing career standing stud,[3] siring 27 stakes winners with earnings of over $16 million. He died on November 24, 2002, at Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil following an anaphylactic reaction to penicillin.[4]

Pedigree of Spend A Buck
Sire
Buckaroo
Buckpasser Tom Fool Menow
Gaga
Busanda War Admiral
Businesslike
Stepping High No Robbery Swaps
Bimlette
Bebop II Prince Bio
Cappellina
Dam
Belle de Jour
Speak John Prince John Princequillo
Not Afraid
Nuit de Folies Tornado
Folle Nuit
Battle Dress Jaipur Nasrullah
Rare Perfume
Armorial Battlefield
Tellaris

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