April Run

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April Run
Sire Run the Gantlet
Grandsire Tom Rolfe
Dam April Fancy
Damsire No Argument
Sex mare
Foaled 1978
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder F. Feeney
Owner Diana M. Firestone
Trainer Francois Boutin
Record 18: 8-2-3
Earnings $1,095,022
Major wins
Prix Cléopâtre (1981)
Prix de Pomone (1981)
Prix Vermeille (1981)
Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (1981, 1982)
Prix Foy (1982)
Washington, D.C. International (1982)
Awards
American Champion Female Turf Horse (1982)
Honours
April Run Stakes at Laurel Park

April Run (1978–1994) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who competed internationally and who in 1982 was voted a Champion both in France and the United States.

A granddaughter of U.S. Hall of Famer Tom Rolfe, April Run was bred at Bertram & Diana Firestone's Gilltown Stud in Kilcullen, County Kildare, Ireland. The filly was trained in France by Francois Boutin where she won several important races before finishing a fast-closing third in the 1981 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. She was then shipped to the United States where she won the first of her two consecutive Turf Classic Invitational Stakes. The only horse to win consecutive Turf Classics, her feat is all the more notable in that she defeated the top colts of the day as she also did after she finished second in the 1981 Washington, D.C. International but came back to win the prestigious race in 1982. That same year, she was sent to Japan where she finished third in the Japan Cup.

Retired to broodmare service at the end of her four-year-old racing season, April Run was the Dam of 7 foals to race, producing 5 winners. In 1992, she was sent to a breeding farm in Japan where she died on April 28, 1994.

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