Closing Argument (horse)

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Closing Argument
Sire Successful Appeal
Grandsire Valid Appeal
Dam Mrs. Greeley
Damsire Mr. Greeley
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2002
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder France & Irwin J. Weiner
Owner Philip & Marcia Cohen
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin
Record 9: 3-3-2
Earnings US$986,984
Major wins

Holy Bull Stakes (2005)

American Classic Race placing:
Kentucky Derby 2nd (2005)

Closing Argument (born April 4, 2002 in Florida) is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse. The son of Successful Appeal won the 2005 Holy Bull Stakes and finished third in the Blue Grass Stakes before competing in the Kentucky Derby.

Triple Crown races[edit]

On May 7, 2005, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin ran Closing Argument in the Kentucky Derby. With jockey Cornelio Velasquez aboard, the colt went off as the longest shot on the board at 72:1 odds. He broke from post 18 and bobbled while drifting out but moved up to sixth right behind the leaders as they passed the grandstand for the first time. Around the first turn, he was pushed out nine wide. Down the backstretch and going into the final turn, he inched up to fourth, making his way closer to the rail. Around that turn, he was in the four path and sprinted into first at the top of the stretch. One hundred yards from the wire, Giacamo closed to beat Closing Argument by a half length. It was less than another half length back to eventual Eclipse Award Champion Afleet Alex in third.

In the second leg of the Triple Crown, Closing Argument was fourth choice in a field of 14 at odds of 7:1. In the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, he chased the pace just off the leaders as he did in the Derby in fifth. But at the seven furlong mark, he faded from contention and finished ninth behind Afleet Alex and seven others.

He was retired for 2006 with a record of 3-3-2 in nine career starts and earnings of $986,984. Closing Argument stood at stud at Sequel Stallion in Ocala, Florida, until 2008, when he was moved to Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington, Kentucky.


Pedigree of Closing Argument (USA), bay stallion, 2002[1]
Successful Appeal (USA)
dkb/br. 1996
Valid Appeal (USA)
In Reality (USA) Intentionally (USA)
My Dear Girl (USA)
Desert Trial (USA) Moslem Chief (USA)
Scotch Verdict (USA)
Successful Dancer (USA)
Fortunate Prospect (USA) Northern Prospect (USA)
Fortunate Bid (USA)
Debonair Dancer (USA) Staff Writer (USA)
In the Bag (USA)
Mrs. Greeley (USA)
ch. 1997
Mr. Greeley (USA)
Gone West (USA) Mr. Prospector (USA)
Secrettame (USA)
Long Legend (USA) Reviewer (USA)
Lianga (USA)
Rare Review (USA)
Groovy (USA) Norcliffe (CAN)
Tinnitus (USA)
Royal Tantrum (USA) Cornish Prince (USA)
Hannimo (USA) (Family:4-r)[2]


  1. ^ "Closing Argument pedigree". 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  2. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Woodbine - Family 4-r". Retrieved 2014-07-31.