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Sire Gone West
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam Zaizafon
Damsire The Minstrel
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1990
Country United States
Colour Brown/Black
Breeder Juddmonte Farms
Owner Khalid Abdullah
Trainer Andre Fabre
Record 7: 5-1-0
Earnings $663,984
Major wins
Prix Morny (1992)
Prix de la Salamandre (1992)
Dewhurst Stakes (1992)
2,000 Guineas (1993)
European Champion Two-Yr-Old Colt (1992)
Last updated on February 5, 2007

Zafonic (1990-2002) was a European Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Kentucky. He was the 1992 European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and won the following year's 2,000 Guineas.


Zafonic was sired by the Mr. Prospector stallion Gone West, out of the Seaton Delaval Stakes winner Zaizafon, a daughter of The Minstrel.[1] He was owned and bred by Khalid Abdullah and conditioned by the French trainer Andre Fabre.

Racing career[edit]

Racing at age two, Zafonic went undefeated. After winning a minor race at Deauville in August, he followed up with a win in the Group One Prix Morny at the same course ten days later.[2] Three weeks later in the Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp, he took the lead in the straight and pulled clear to beat Kingmambo by three lengths.[3] He then was shipped to the Newmarket Racecourse in the United Kingdom where he won the Dewhurst Stakes by four lengths in "very impressive" style.[4] His 1992 performance earned him the Cartier Racing Award as Europe's Champion Two-Year-Old Colt.

At three, Zafonic started at 10-1 ON for his debut in the Prix Djebel but lost his unbeaten record when he was beaten a short head by Kingmambo. Sent back to Newmarket for the British Classic, the 2,000 Guineas, Zafonic won by 3½ lengths from Barathea and breaking a 45-year-old course record.[5][6] In the Sussex Stakes, the colt burst a blood vessel and finished seventh.

Stud career[edit]

His racing career over, Zafonic was sent to his owner's Banstead Manor Stud near the village of Cheveley in East Cambridgeshire. He sired more than two dozen stakes winners including Xaar, the 1997 European 2-Year-Old Champion and winner of the Dewhurst Stakes and Prix de la Salamandre, Count Dubois (Gran Criterium), Zafeen (St. James's Palace Stakes), Iffraaj and Trade Fair.[7]

In August 2002, Zafonic's owner leased him for the southern hemisphere covering season to Arrowfield Stud in Scone, New South Wales, Australia. Only a few days after being released from quarantine, Zafonic died on September 7, 2002 as the result of an accident at Arrowfield's paddock.[8]


  1. ^ "Zafonic's pedigree and racing stats". 2002-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Results from the 2.35 race at DEAUVILLE (FR) - 23 August 1992". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Results from the 3.35 race at LONGCHAMP (FR) - 13 September 1992". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Results from the 3.40 race at NEWMARKET - 16 October 1992". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Zafonic". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  6. ^ Hayward, Paul (1993-05-02). "Racing: Mighty Zafonic zooms from zero to hero". The Independent (London). 
  7. ^ "Zafonic Stud Record". Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  8. ^ "Zafonic dies in paddock accident". 2002-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-03.