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DamsireWar Admiral
CountryUnited States
ColourDark Bay
BreederBieber-Jacobs Stables
OwnerEthel D. Jacobs
TrainerHirsch Jacobs
Record52 : 28-8-6
Major wins
Fashion Stakes (1962)
National Stallion Stakes (1962)
Polly Drummand Stakes (1962)
Spinaway Stakes (1962)
Sorority Stakes (1962)
Astoria Stakes (1962)
Interborough Handicap (1963, 1964)
Vosburgh Stakes (1964)
Correction Handicap (1963, 1964)
Sport Page Handicap (1964)
Top Flight Handicap (1965)
Distaff Handicap (1965)
Vagrancy Handicap (1965)
Liberty Bell Handicap(1965)
Toboggan Handicap (1965)
TSD American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1962)
American Champion Sprint Horse (1965)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1989)
#81 – Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Affectionately Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack
Last updated on November 25, 2007

Affectionately (April 26, 1960 – 1979) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.


She was sired by 1956 American Horse of the Year Swaps, out of the exceptional racing mare Searching. Searching's dam was Big Hurry, by Black Toney out of the best "Blue Hen" mare of them all, La Troienne.[1] Searching's sire was War Admiral, winner of the American Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, whose own sire was Man o' War .[2]

Foaled on April 26, 1960, at the farm of Dr. Charles Hagyard near Lexington, Kentucky, she was bred by the partnership of owner/trainer Hirsch Jacobs and Isidor Bieber.

Racing career[edit]

Campaigned under the name of Jacobs' wife Ethel, Affectionately won nine of her first ten starts as a two-year-old. In the Matron Stakes she was finally beaten by Smart Deb.[3]

At ages three and four Affectionately was very good, winning two Interborough Handicaps, the Vosburgh, and the Correction Handicap. When she turned five, however, she gained the successes that put her on the list of the 100 best racehorses of the twentieth century. Under high weights, she took the Top Flight Handicap, the Vagrancy Handicap and a number of other important stakes races. She retired sound with eighteen stakes wins, one of only two females to break the half-million-dollar earnings mark.


Her first foal was 1970 co-American Horse of the Year Personality, who shared the honor with Fort Marcy. Affectionately produced three other foals, of which one started and won.

She died in 1979. Ten years later, she was voted into the Hall of Fame, an honor her dam, Searching, was accorded the year before.

Assessment and honors[edit]

At the end of 1962, Affectionately was voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly by Turf & Sport Digest. The rival Thoroughbred Racing Association and Daily Racing Form awards were won by Smart Deb.

Jacobs, who was a Hall of Fame conditioner, called her "the best horse I've ever trained". Jacobs had trained Stymie and Hail to Reason.

In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, with Affectionately's great-granddamsire at #1, her damsire at #13, her sire at #20 and Affectionately herself at #81, Affectionately's heritage continues a tradition of Thoroughbred breeding and racing at its best


Pedigree of Affectionately
Khaled Hyperion Gainsborough
Eclair Ethnarch
Black Ray
Iron Reward Beau Pere Son-in-Law
Iron Maiden War Admiral
Betty Derr
War Admiral Man o' War Fair Play
Brushup Sweep
Annette K.
Big Hurry Black Toney Peter Pan
La Troienne Teddy
Helene de Troie


  1. ^ La Troienne Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ Affectionately's five-generation pedigree and race record Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  3. ^ Racing Hall of Fame Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2011-06-25.