Colorado King

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Colorado King
Sire Grand Rapids
Grandsire Machiero
Dam Courageous
Damsire Fairthorn
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1959
Country South Africa
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Birch Bros.
Owner P.S. Louw (SA)
Poltex Stable (USA)
Trainer Sydney C. Laird (SA)
Wally Dunn (USA)
Record 41: 17-3-7
Earnings R64,590 (SA) + $251,825 (US)
Major wins
Juvenile Stakes (1962)
Cape of Good Hope Derby Stakes (1963)
Cape of Good Hope Guineas (1963)
Durban July Handicap (1963)
Sunset Handicap (1964)
American Handicap (1964)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1964)
Colorado King Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse SA
Last updated on April 12, 2007

Colorado King (foaled 1959) was a South African Thoroughbred racehorse who also competed successfully in the United States. Virtually all thoroughbred horses in the Southern Hemisphere are born between July 1 and December 31, and the South African racing year begins on August 1 whereas in the United States they are usually born between January and March.

Conditioned by renowned trainer Sydney C. Laird, Colorado King won ten races in South Africa including the Cape Derby plus that country's premier event, the Durban July Handicap. Sold to an American racing partnership led by William R. (Fritz) Hawn, he raced under the Poltex Stable banner in California. There, under trainer Wally Dunn, Colorado King won six races in 1964 including the Hollywood Gold Cup in which he defeated Native Diver, the American Handicap where he equaled the world record for 9 furlongs and the Sunset Handicap at a mile and five-eighths by seven lengths. In 1965 he won only once in nine starts before being retired to stud where he met with limited success as a sire.