Allez France

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For the 1964 film released under this name, see The Counterfeit Constable.
Allez France
Sire Sea-Bird
Grandsire Dan Cupid
Dam Priceless Gem
Damsire Hail To Reason
Sex Mare
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Bieber-Jacobs Stable
Owner Daniel Wildenstein
Trainer Albert Klimscha
Angel Penna, Sr. (at age 4)
Record 21: 13-3-1
Earnings $1,386,146
Major wins
Critérium des Pouliches (1972)
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1973)
Prix de Diane (1973)
Prix Vermeille (1973)
Prix Ganay (1974, 1975)
Prix d'Ispahan (1974)
Prix Foy (1974, 1975)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1974)
Prix Dollar (1975)
Honours
Prix Allez France at Chantilly Racecourse
Last updated on August 25, 2008

Allez France (May 24, 1970 – December 11, 1989) was an American-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare.

Background[edit]

Allez France was a bay mare bred in Kentucky by Bieber-Jacobs Stable. She became his first important horse owned by the French art dealer Daniel Wildenstein and the spur for his substantial investment in racehorses and bloodstock. For his horses in France, Wildenstein operated Dayton Investments Limited. For those in the United States, he owned the Allez France Stables.

Racing Career[edit]

During her racing career from age two to five, Allez France was the pre-eminent filly in France, rivaled only by Dahlia (in six meetings however, Allez France was never beaten by Dahlia). In 1974, under new trainer Angel Penna, Sr., she went undefeated and won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, France's most prestigious horse race. She was crowned French Horse of the Year. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl0Q-Kqa1Qk.

As a six-year-old, Allez France was sent to race in the United States but, as was the case in other races outside France, she did not do well. In 1976, she was retired as a broodmare to Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

Achievement and assessment[edit]

Allez France was the first filly in Thoroughbred horse racing history to earn $1 million, according to the United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.[1] However, Sports Illustrated says that Dahlia was "the first filly to win $1 million (just before Allez did it)",[2] and the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame contradicts itself by saying that Dahlia was "the first female Thoroughbred to earn $1 million."[3]

Breeding record[edit]

Allez France was the dam of the successful sire Air De France (1984–2004), who sired 11 stakes winners with a total of 34 stakes wins.[4]

  • 1980 Ave France (USA) : Bay filly by Seattle Slew (USA) - unraced
  • 1984 Air de France (USA) : Brown colt, foaled 7 March, by Seattle Slew (USA) - won 1 race from two starts in France , successful sire in Australia
  • 1985 Action Francaise (USA) : Brown filly by Nureyev (USA) - won two races including the G3 Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly from 4 starts in France and England 1988

After her death, Allez France was honored by being buried next to Man O' War and other greats at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Kentucky.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Allez France, bay mare 1970
Sire
Sea-Bird (FR)
1962
Dan Cupid (USA)
1956
Native Dancer Polynesian
Geisha
Vixenette Sickle
Lady Reynard
Sicalade (FR)
1956
Sicambre Prince Bio
Sif
Mamelade Maurepas
Couleur
Dam
Priceless Gem (USA)
1963
Hail To Reason (USA)
1958
Turn-To Royal Charger
Source Sucree
Nothirdchance Blue Swords
Galla Colors
Searching (USA)
1952
War Admiral Man o' War
Brushup
Big Hurry Black Toney
La Troienne (Family 1-w)

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