Camarero

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Camarero
Camarero.jpg
Sire Thirteen (USA)
Grandsire Thanksgiving
Dam Flint Maid
Damsire Flint Shot
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1951
Country Puerto Rico
Colour Bay
Breeder Luis Rechani Agrait
Owner Jose Coll-Vidal
Trainer Pablo Suarez
Record 76: 73-2-0
Earnings $43,553
Major wins
El Imparcial (1953)
Corazón (1953)
Luis Muñoz Rivera Stakes (1953)
Governor's Cup (1954)
Jose de Diego Stakes (1954)
Primavera Stakes (1954)
Labor Day (1955)
Awards
Puerto Rico Horse of the Year (1954 and 1955)

Camarero (1951–1956) was a Thoroughbred racehorse that was raised and raced in Puerto Rico. He was the winner of 73 races, including the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in Puerto Rico. Camarero is notable for setting the current world record of the most consecutive wins for a Thoroughbred racehorse at 56 in a series of races between April 1953 and August 1955.

Background[edit]

His name translates to "waiter" in Spanish. Camarero was a small bay colt that weighed 750 pounds and stood only 14 hands high. His male line traced to The Finn and he was bred and owned by prominent San Juan newspaper man Jose Coll-Vidal.[1]

As per Puerto Rican racetrack regulation, prohibitive favorites are not allowed to be wagered on, which meant that for most of Camarero's winning streak no on-track bets were taken.[1] Camerero was the first winner of Puerto Rico's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, winning the Governor's Cup, Jose de Diego Stakes and Primavera Stakes in 1954, undefeated.[2][3]

Death[edit]

Camarero died on August 27, 1956 of an intestinal obstruction.[4] His gravesite at Hipodromo Quintana was visited by 10,000 fans during the funeral ceremony.[5]

Honours[edit]

In 1958 Camarero was the first inductee in the Puerto Rico Horse Racing Hall of Fame.[6] In 2006, the name of El Nuevo Commandante racetrack in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico, was changed to Hipódromo Camarero, in honor of the racehorse.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Camarero (PR), bay stallion, 1951
Sire
Thirteen (USA)
1942
Thanksgiving
1935
Bud Lerner The Finn
Dreamsome
Inchcape Belle Inchcape
Swan Song
Go Seek
1938
Bold Venture St. Germans
Possible
Illusive General Lee
French Doll
Dam
Flint Maid (Camarera)
1942
Flint Shot
1931
Chance Shot (USA) Fair Play
Quelle Chance
La Bayonette Verwood
Rondeau
Elktonia Maid
1935
Vandergrift Ben Brush
Noonday
Marta O'Day Marta Santa
Bettie O'Day (Family: 4-m)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New York Times. Aug 9, 1955
  2. ^ Thoroughbred Times. Aug. 5, 2005
  3. ^ Jorge Colón Delgado. Camarero en punta. 1998.
  4. ^ New York Times. "Camarero, Star racer, dies." Aug. 28, 1956
  5. ^ Melvin Rivera Velázquez (2008-06-01). "Camarero, campeón del hipismo boricua" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  6. ^ Camarero Retrieved 2010-11-9