|Sire||Stop The Music|
|Grandsire||Hail To Reason|
|Breeder||Dr. Albert F. Polk, Jr.|
|Trainer||Joseph B. Cantey|
Triple Crown race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1980)
|United States Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1980)|
|Last updated on October 11, 2007|
Bred in Kentucky by Dr. Albert F. Polk, Jr.'s Oriskany Farm, Temperence Hill was sired by Stop The Music and out of the Etonian mare, Sister Shannon. He was named for a 19th-century Arkansas Methodist church that his owner's ancestors attended.
Consigned to the 1978 Keeneland September yearling sale, Temperence Hill was purchased and raced by Arkansas lumberman John Ed Anthony and his former wife, Mary Lynn Dudley under their Loblolly Stable colors. He was trained throughout his career by Joseph B. Cantey.
After showing strong potential throughout the spring of 1980, with wins in Kentucky Derby prep races, the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby, Temperence Hill's breakthrough performance came in the 1980 Belmont Stakes where he defeated Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk and Preakness Stakes winner Codex at odds of 53-1. He went on to win several additional Grade I stakes and was voted Champion three year old of 1980.
As a sire
Temperence Hill was retired after the 1981 racing season with career earnings of $1,567,650. He was syndicated and began his stallion career near Lexington, Kentucky at Gainesway Farm. In the early 1990s he was moved to Bonnerdale, Arkansas where he stood at D-Lan Farms and then Starr Farm. In the fall of 1996, he was sold to Thailand's only thoroughbred farm owner, Police General Sharlie Pekanan. Temperence Hill died peacefully in 2003 at SawangJai Farm 2 hours from Bangkok along the Friendship Highway near Bangkok, Thailand.
In 16 seasons of breeding in North America, Temperence Hill sired 3 foreign champions, 39 stakes winners, and 433 winners from 602 starters with total earnings of $26,538,905. The best of his runners was Temperate Sil who won the 1986 Hollywood Futurity and in 1987, the Santa Anita Derby and the Swaps Stakes.
- Temperence Hill's pedigree and racing stats
- Temperence Hill's offspring at the Triple Crown database by Kathleen Irwin and Joy Reeves
- SawangJai thoroughbred farm in Thailand where Temperence Hill died