Caveat (horse)

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Sire Cannonade
Grandsire Bold Bidder
Dam Cold Hearted
Damsire The Axe II
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1980
Country United States
Colour Dark Brown
Breeder Ryehill Farm
Owner August Belmont IV, James P. Ryan, Robert Kirkham
Trainer Woody Stephens
Record 21: 6-4-3
Earnings $542,190
Major wins

Prince John Stakes (1983)
Derby Trial (1983)

Triple Crown race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1983)
Last updated on January 16, 2010

Caveat (1980–1995) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred in Maryland) by Ryehill Farm, he was sired by Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade out of The Axe II mare Cold Hearted. To date, Caveat is one of eleven Maryland-bred colts to win a Triple Crown race.

Caveat was owned by the partnership of August Belmont IV, Robert Kirkham, and his breeder, James P. Ryan. He was conditioned for racing by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens. As a two-year-old, Caveat placed second in the Grade II Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes with Eddie Maple aboard.

At age three, Caveat won the Prince John Stakes and came in second in the Arkansas Derby three weeks prior to the Derby. Woody Stephens felt like he needed a little tightening up, so he ran Caveat six days before the Derby and won the Derby Trial. Then in May, he placed third in the Kentucky Derby behind Sunny's Halo. Five weeks later, under jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., he won the Belmont Stakes against a record field of 15 horses, straining a ligament in his right foreleg at the top of the stretch in the process. The injury was the cause of his eventual retirement.


Caveat was retired in August, 1983, and syndicated as a stallion. Among his progeny, he was the sire of Arlington Million winner Awad, Timely Warning, Cefis, Warning Glance, Ratings, and Ops Smile.

As a broodmare sire, he sired Beware of the Cat, dam of Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note.

Caveat died in February, 1995, at Northview Stallion Station in Maryland.