Circular Quay (horse)

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Circular Quay
SireThunder Gulch
DamCircle of Life
DamsireBelong to Me
CountryUnited States
BreederDoreen Tabor
OwnerMichael Tabor
TrainerTodd Pletcher
Record13: 5-2-0
Earnings$1,505,434 (to date)
Major wins
Bashford Manor Stakes (2006)
Hopeful Stakes (2006)
Louisiana Derby (2007)
New Orleans Handicap (2008)
Last updated on December 5, 2007

Circular Quay (foaled February 26, 2004 in Kentucky) is a thoroughbred racehorse who was a 2007 Kentucky Derby contender. The son of 1995 Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch is owned by Michael Tabor and was trained by Todd Pletcher.

Race career[edit]

Circular Quay won his maiden at Churchill Downs in June 2006, and after his subsequent victories in the Bashford Manor Stakes and the Hopeful Stakes, he was ranked on top of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Division poll. Then came the October 7 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, a race in which he was the heavy 2-5 favorite. With jockey Garrett Gomez in the saddle, the colt finished second, 1​34 lengths behind winner Great Hunter. In the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on November 5, he finished second behind Street Sense, who won the race by 10 lengths.[1]

In his first race as a 3-year-old in the Grade III Risen Star Stakes on February 10, 2007, at Fair Grounds Race Course, Circular Quay finished fifth after he faced traffic trouble when the horse in front of him, Slew's Tizzy, clipped heels with Makeithapencaptain and lost jockey James Graham.[2]

The colt won the March 10 Louisiana Derby[3] as his final prep for The May 5 Kentucky Derby, where he was one of five Pletcher entries and finished sixth after the eight-week layoff between races. Two weeks later, he was one of two entries for Pletcher in the 2007 Preakness Stakes,[4] where he finished fifth in the field of nine.

After skipping the Belmont Stakes, Circular Quay made his first start on grass and final start as a 3-year-old and was the favorite in the Grade II Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs. However, he was not a factor and finished sixth.[5]

2008 racing season[edit]

Circular Quay made his 2008 debut on March 8 in the New Orleans Handicap with a win.

Stud career[edit]

The first reported foal for Circular Quay was a filly out of Destiny's Yield (by High Yield) born on January 15, 2010, at Destiny Oaks Farms in Ocala, Florida.[6] He currently stands at the Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Florida for a fee of $6,500.[7]

During the summer of 2014, Circular Quay was sold and now stands in Panama.


Finish Race Distance Track Date
1st New Orleans Handicap One and One-Eighth miles Fair Grounds Race Course March 8, 2008
6th Virginia Derby One and One-Quarter Miles (Turf) Colonial Downs July 21, 2007
5th Preakness Stakes One and Three-Sixteenths Miles Pimlico Race Course May 19, 2007
6th Kentucky Derby One and One-Quarter Miles Churchill Downs May 5, 2007
1st Louisiana Derby One and One-Sixteenth Miles Fair Grounds Race Course March 10, 2007
5th Risen Star Stakes One and One-Sixteenth Miles Fair Grounds Race Course February 10, 2007
2nd Breeders' Cup Juvenile One and One-Sixteenth Miles Churchill Downs November 4, 2006
2nd Breeders' Futurity Stakes One and One-Sixteenth Miles Keeneland Race Course October 7, 2006
1st Hopeful Stakes Seven Furlongs Saratoga Race Course September 4, 2006
1st Bashford Manor Stakes Six Furlongs Churchill Downs July 8, 2006
1st Maiden Special Weight Five and One-Half Furlongs Churchill Downs June 15, 2006


Pedigree of Circular Quay
Thunder Gulch
Gulch Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Jameela Rambunctious
Asbury Mary
Line of Thunder Storm Bird Northern Dancer
South Ocean
Shoot a Line High Line
Death Ray
Circle of Life
Belong to Me Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Belonging Exclusive Native
Straight Deal
Concentric Shadeed Nijinsky
Magic Circle Alydar
Golden Circlet


Circular Quay (pronounced "Key") is a locality of Sydney, Australia.[8] It is the site of the first European settlement in Australia and is now a major transport hub for the city's central business district within several hundred metres of the Sydney Opera House.


  1. ^ Street Sense wins Juvenile by record 10 - NTRA[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Notional gets lucky trip in Risen Star - NTRA[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Circular Quay takes orbit - NTRA Archived 2007-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Circular Quay confirmed for Preakness start - Thoroughbred Times
  5. ^ Red Giant casts Pletcher's shadow in Va. Derby - NTRA[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Notable 2010 Foals | Thoroughbred Times
  7. ^ "Circular Quay". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  8. ^ Circular Quay - NTRA Archived 2007-03-12 at the Wayback Machine