Deputed Testamony

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Deputed Testamony
SireTraffic Cop
GrandsireTraffic Judge
DamProof Requested
DamsireProve It
CountryUnited States
BreederJ. William Boniface
& Francis P. Sears
OwnerBonita Farm & Francis P. Sears
TrainerJ. William Boniface
Record20: 11-3-0
Major wins
Play The Palace Stakes (1982)
Keystone Stakes (1983)
Federico Tesio Stakes (1983)
Governor's Cup Handicap (1983)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (1983)
City of Baltimore Handicap (1984) Triple Crown Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1983)
Deputed Testamony Stakes at Laurel Park

Deputed Testamony (May 7, 1980 – September 18, 2012) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the Preakness Stakes. Deputed Testamony is the last of eight Maryland-breds to win the Preakness Stakes and is one of only eleven colts from the state to win a Triple Crown race. Upon the death of Danzig Connection in 2010, he became the last living thoroughbred to win a Triple Crown race during the decade of the 1980s. Deputed Testamony died on September 18, 2012, aged 32.[1]


Bred and raced by Bonita Farm and Francis P. Sears, Deputed Testamony was trained by J. William Boniface of Bonita Farm. His sire was Traffic Cop and his dam was Proof Requested. Damsire Prove It was a multiple stakes winner whose victories included the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap (1961) and Hollywood Gold Cup (1962).

Early racing career[edit]

The colt made seven starts at age two, notably winning the one mile Play The Palace Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack in track record time. In his three-year-old season, Deputed Testamony did not run in the Kentucky Derby. Leading up to his win in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg U.S. Triple Crown series, he won the Keystone Stakes at Pennsylvania's Keystone Racetrack and the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

Later racing career[edit]

After defeating Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo in the Preakness at Pimlico, Deputed Testamony finished sixth to winner Caveat in the third leg of the Triple Crown: the Belmont Stakes at Elmont, New York. Racing at Bowie Race Track in Maryland, the colt won the Governor's Cup Handicap and scored his second Grade I win of the year in the Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey.

At age four in 1984, Deputed Testamony returned to race two more times, winning both starts. In his second win, at Pimlico Race Course, he set the second track record of his career in the 11/16 mile City of Baltimore Handicap but came out of it with an injury that ended his racing career.

According to Boniface, his trainer, Deputed Testamony never raced on any kind of medication during his career.[2] The contrast between his "hay, oats, and water" regimen and a controversy involving other horses in the 1983 Preakness (where some out-of-state trainers sued to be allowed to race their horses on Lasix, which was banned in Maryland at the time) was the subject of a feature article in Sports Illustrated following his victory.[3]

The Deputed Testamony Stakes, held in February at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland, since 1985, is named after him.

As a sire[edit]

Syndicated and retired to stud at his Bonita Farm, Deputed Testamony sired progeny that met with modest racing success. However, he is the damsire of:

In 2004, Deputed Testamony was pensioned at Bonita Farm.


Pedigree of Deputed Testamony
Traffic Cop

bay 1969

Traffic Judge

ch. 1952

Alibhai Hyperion
Traffic Court Discovery
Flight Bird

bay 1953

Count Fleet Reigh Count
Pocket Edition Roman
Never Again
Proof Requested

bay 1968

Prove It

bay 1957

Endeavour British Empire
Time to Khal Khaled
Feather Time
Come On

bay 1951

Requested Questionnaire
Fair Perdita
Dog Blessed Bull Dog
Blessed Again

See also[edit]


  1. ^,0,4379199.story. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Legal drugging of racehorses draws criticism". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  3. ^ William Leggett (1983-05-30). "Maryland-bred Deputed Testamony won a highly medicated - 05.30.83 - SI Vault". Retrieved 2012-09-21.