Canadian Bound

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Canadian Bound
Sire Secretariat
Grandsire Bold Ruler
Dam Charming Alibi
Damsire Honey's Alibi
Sex Stallion
Foaled 29 April 1975[1]
Country United States
Breeder Nelson Bunker Hunt
Owner Ted Burnett & John Sikura, Jr.
Trainer Maurice Zilber
Record 4: 0–1–0
Earnings US$1,050

Canadian Bound (April 29, 1975 – 1992) was the first Thoroughbred yearling racehorse ever to be sold for more than US$1 million.[2] He was part of the first crop of foals Secretariat.[3] He proved to be of little use as a racehorse, managing one second-place finish in three starts in France and running unplaced in his only race in the United States.


Canadian Bound was bred by Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt. His dam was Charming Alibi, who was also the dam of Hunt's great Hall of Fame filly, Dahlia.

There was much excitement over the unnamed colt when he was sent to the 1976 Keeneland July sale and the opening bid of $716,000 broke the previous record set a year earlier.[4] The bidding for the yearling broke the $1 million barrier for the first time, and he ended up being sold for $1.5 million ($6.3 million inflation adjusted) to Canadians Ted Burnett and Hill 'n' Dale Farms' John Sikura, Jr.[5] He was sent to race in France with trainer Maurice Zilber.

Racing career[edit]

Canadian Bound began racing at two, finishing second on his only start.[6] He finished out of the money in both of his 1978 starts. At age four, he was sent to Hollywood Park Racetrack in California, where in the final race of his career, he finished fourth.[7]

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud, in 1982 Canadian Bound stood at the Stallion Station near Lexington, Kentucky. He was not successful as a sire. He died in 1992.[8]


Pedigree of Canadian Bound (USA), chestnut stallion, 1975[1]
Secretariat (USA)
Bold Ruler (USA)
Aureole Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Miss Disco Discovery
Somethingroyal (USA)
Princequillo Prince Rose
Imperatrice Caruso
Charming Alibi
Honeys Alibi
Alibhai Hyperion
Honeymoon Beau Pere
Adorada (ARG)
Hierocles Abjer
Gilded Wave Gallant Fox
Ondulation (Family: 13-c)[9]


  1. ^ a b "Canadian Bound pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Great Expectations". New York Times. January 20, 1986. 
  3. ^ "Secretariat may be one of biggest letdowns". The Terre Haute Tribune. 20 November 1977 – via 
  4. ^ "When Keeneland's July sale was king". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "- Thoroughbred Times". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Timeform staff (1978). Racehorses of 1977. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-25-1. 
  7. ^ Steven Crist. "At the yearling sale they sure don't horse around". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Blood-Horse Staff (20 July 2006). "A Memorable Date: First Seven-Figure Yearling Sold". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
Preceded by
Elegant Prince
Most expensive Thoroughbred colt yearling
July 1975 – July 1979
Hoist The King