Afternoon Deelites

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Afternoon Deelites
SirePrivate Terms
GrandsirePrivate Account
DamIntimate Girl
DamsireMedaille d'Or
CountryUnited States
ColourDark Bay
BreederBlue Seas Music Inc.
OwnerBurt Bacharach
TrainerRichard Mandella
EarningsUS$ $1,061,193
Major wins
Hollywood Futurity (1994)
Hollywood Prevue Stakes (1994)
Malibu Stakes (1995)
San Felipe Stakes (1995)
San Vicente Stakes (1995)
Commonwealth Stakes (1996)

Afternoon Deelites (foaled February 28, 1992) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse.


He was bred and raced by pianist, composer and music producer, Burt Bacharach and trained by Hall of Fame inductee Richard Mandella.

The horse was born in West Virginia, sired by Wood Memorial Stakes winner Private Terms, out of the mare Intimate Girl, whose sire was the 1978 Canadian Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Medaille d'Or, a son of the legendary Secretariat.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Afternoon Deelites won several Graded stakes races including two Grade 1 events. In 1994 he won the Hollywood Futurity in stakes record time for a mile and a sixteenth that still stands as at the end of 2012.[2] In 1995, three-year-old Afternoon Deelites was narrowly beaten in the Santa Anita Derby and went on the run eighth in that year's Kentucky Derby.[3]

Stud record[edit]

Afternoon Deelites did stallion duty at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky before being moved to a Clear Creek Stud breeding farm in Louisiana. He was the sire of 23 graded stakes winners; one of his offspring, Popcorn Deelites, became known for roles in motion pictures, especially as Seabiscuit in the 2003 film of the same name.[4]

Afternoon Deelites' descendants include:

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
1998 Deelightful Irving c Pan American Stakes
1998 Miss Pickums f Golden Rod Stakes, Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes
2001 No Tolerance c Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap
2002 Zappa c San Pasqual Handicap, Cougar II Handicap

Due to age related infertility problems, in May 2011 Afternoon Deelites was sent to the Old Friends Equine retirement home for Thoroughbred racehorses in Georgetown, Kentucky.[5]