Best Pal

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Best Pal
Sire Habitony
Grandsire Habitat
Dam Ubetshedid
Damsire King Pellinore
Sex Gelding
Foaled February 12 1988[1]
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder John & Betty Mabee
Owner Golden Eagle Farm
Trainer Gary F. Jones
Record 47: 18-11-4
Earnings $5,668,245
Major wins
Hollywood Futurity (1990)
Del Mar Futurity (1990)
Norfolk Stakes (1990)
Balboa Stakes (1990)
Pacific Classic Stakes (1991)
Swaps Stakes (1991)
Santa Anita Handicap (1992)
Charles H. Strub Stakes (1992)
Oaklawn Handicap (1992)
San Fernando Stakes (1992)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1993)
California Cup Classic (1993)
Native Diver Handicap (1994)
San Antonio Handicap (1995)
California Horse of the Year
(1990, 1991, 1992)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2010)
Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar Racetrack
Last updated on May 29, 2010

Best Pal (February 12, 1988 – November 24, 1998) was an American Hall of Fame champion racehorse, who to this day holds the record for purses of any California-bred racehorse, earning his owners, the Golden Eagle Farm, US$5.6 million over his lifetime.


Best Pal was a brown gelding bred by John & Betty Mabee. Best Pal was a descendant of Princequillo on both his sire's and dam's line.

Racing career[edit]

Best Pal won the first running of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, and finished second in the 1991 Kentucky Derby. He won the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Santa Anita Handicap, thus capturing all three of California's premier handicap races. In all, Best Pal won 18 races—17 of them stakes—nearly all in California.


Retired in 1996, Best Pal had a massive heart attack while on his way to a training track at Golden Eagle Farm. He was buried at the farm, and a large boulder with a plaque covers his grave. Best Pal was voted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2010. [2]


Pedigree of Best Pal (USA), bay gelding, 1988[1]
Habitony (IRE)
Habitat (USA)
Sir Gaylord Turn-To
Little Hut Occupy
Savage Beauty
Courteous Lady (USA)
Gallant Man Migoli
Fleurlea Bull Lea
Blue Lily
Ubetshedid (USA)
King Pellinore (USA)
Round Table Princequillo
Knights Daughter
Thong Nantallah
Rough Shod
Ubetido (USA)
Sir Wiggle Sadair
Udontmeanit Gray Phantom
Lady Bourbon (Family:2-h)


  1. ^ a b "Best Pal pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
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