Ack Ack (horse)

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Ack Ack
Sire Battle Joined
Grandsire Armageddon
Dam Fast Turn
Damsire Turn-To
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1966
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder Harry F. Guggenheim
Owner Cain Hoy Stable
E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson (1971)
Trainer Woody Stephens (age 2)
Frank A. Bonsal (age 3)
Charlie Whittingham (age 4 & 5)
Record 27: 19-6-0
Earnings $636,641
Major wins
Bahamas Stakes (1969)
Forerunner Stakes (1969)
Arlington Classic (1969)
Withers Stakes (1969)
Derby Trial (1969)
Autumn Days Handicap (1970)
Los Angeles Handicap (1970)
Santa Anita Handicap (1971)
American Handicap (1971)
San Antonio Handicap (1971)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1971)
San Carlos Handicap (1971)
San Pasqual Handicap (1971)
U.S. Champion Older Male Horse (1971)
U.S. Champion Sprint Horse (1971)
United States Horse of the Year (1971)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1986)
#44 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs
Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park
Holds the 5½ Furlong main track record with 5 other horses at the Del Mar Racetrack

Ack Ack (February 24, 1966 – November 7, 1990) was an American Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse.


Ack Ack was a brown horse bred in Kentucky by Harry F. Guggenheim and owned by Guggenheim's Cain Hoy Stable. He was trained by Charlie Whittingham.

Racing career[edit]

He raced with success from age two to four, scoring wins in the important 1969 Withers Stakes and Arlington Classic. In 1971 at age five, Ack Ack blossomed into the year's most dominant horse, winning seven straight graded stakes races on both dirt and grass courses at a variety of distances. His performances earned him United States Horse of the Year honors.

Following Guggenheim's death in January 1971, Ack Ack was sold by the executors of Guggenheim's estate. The horse won the San Carlos Handicap less than a week before Guggenheim died. New owner E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson, husband of actress Greer Garson, bought Ack Ack for $500,000. In 1971, Ack Ack won seven of eight races and finished second in the other start. He won his final race, the Hollywood Gold Cup, in which he carried 134 pounds.

Stud record[edit]

At the end of the year, Ack Ack was retired to stand at stud at his birthplace of Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, where he sired 40 stakes winners, including champion sire Broad Brush and Youth, the 1976 American Champion Male Turf Horse, which won a combined four Grade/Group 1 races in France, Canada, and the United States.


In 1999, The Blood Horse, Inc., selected Ack Ack as one of the top 100 racehorses of the 20th century.