Ballindaggin (horse)

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Sire Noble Nashua
Grandsire Nashua
Dam Can't Be Bothered
Damsire Stop The Music
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1985
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Eaton & Thorne, Inc.
Owner George Layman, Jr.
Trainer John O. Hertler
Record 14: 4-?-?
Earnings $946,894
Major wins
New York Stallion Series (1987)
Molson Export Challenge (1988)

Ballindaggin (1985–2008) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.


He was named for the small village of Ballindaggin in County Wexford, Ireland. Out of the mare Can't Be Bothered, his damsire was the good runner and successful stallion, Stop The Music. Ballindaggin was sired by Noble Nashua, a multiple stakes winner whose victories included the Grade I Marlboro Cup. Noble Nashua was a son of the 1955 United States Horse of the Year and National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee, Nashua.

Racing career[edit]

Ballindaggin was raced by George Layman, Jr. of Naches, Washington. He was one of three partners who purchased half of the breeding rights to Seattle Slew. Trained by John Hertler, in 1987 the two-year-old colt swept all three races in the New York Stallion Series, defeating Fourstardave in each race.

Racing at age three, Ballindaggin was winless in his first seven starts but in September earned the most important win of his career at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada when he defeated Regal Classic and others to win the $1 million Molson Export Challenge.[1]


Retired to stud duty, Ballindaggin stood at several breeding farms including at Jerre Paxton's Yakima Stallion Station in Yakima, Washington. He met with little success as a sire and in July 2006 was donated to Old Friends Equine, a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds in Georgetown, Kentucky.[2] Ballindaggin was euthanized on July 22, 2008 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington as a result of severe back problems brought on by degenerative arthritis.[3]


Pedigree of Ballindaggin[4]
Noble Nashua
Nashua Nasrullah Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Segula Johnstown
Noble Lady Vaguely Noble Vienna
Noble Lassie
Good Folks Citation
Mother In Law
Can't Be Bothered
Stop The Music Hail To Reason Turn-To
Bebopper Tom Fool
Evasive Buckpasser Tom Fool
Summer Scandal Summer Tan