Don Enrique

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Don Enrique
DamBella Donna
CountryUnited States
BreederAugust Belmont Jr.
OwnerAugust Belmont Jr.
TrainerJohn Whalen
Record226: 35-28-37
Major wins
Ravenswood Handicap (1907)
Patchogue Stakes (1908) Triple Crown Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1907)

Don Enrique (foaled in 1904) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse is best known for winning the 1907 Preakness Stakes. Owned and bred by Mr. August Belmont Jr., he was sired by Hastings. Don Enrique was out of the mare Bella Donna, a daughter of Hermit.[2]

Early racing career[edit]

Don Enrique started his racing career as a two-year-old in June 1906 in an Maiden race in New York. In his third start he placed second to Salvidere in the six furlong Adirondack Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. During that same summer meet he placed third to Penarris in the six furlong Grand Union Hotel Stakes also at Saratoga Race Course. Later that fall he finished second in six furlong Autumn Stakes at Sheepshead Bay Race Track for the Coney Island Jockey Club at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Preakness Stakes[edit]

The thirtysecond running of the Preakness Stakes was run on Tuesday, May 21, 1907. On that day Don Enrique went off as 15-1 longshot in the field of seven after three colts scratched. In that race he broke poorly in fourth under jockey George Mountain but as they hit Pimlico's famous "Clubhouse Turn" he had edged up into third place. The pace was moderate in the race that day with the first quarter in :24-1/5 seconds and the half in :48-4/5.[3] As the race progressed, Don Enrique raced in the group of stalkers behind the leaders. He made his move on the final turn with some urging from Mountain and rounded the field.

Near the top of the lane he passed most of the leaders and wore down front runner Ethon. In the last sixteenth of a mile he emerged in front and beat the second favorite and now runner-up by only one length.[4] That day Ethon finished second at 3-1 way out in front over the favorite Zambesi by three lengths who finished third at 2-1.

The final time for the one mile and 70 yard race on dirt was 1:45-2/5 over a heavy track. Don Enrique won almost half of the total purse $5,000 netting earnings $2,260.[5]

Later racing career[edit]

Later in his three-year-old season Don Enrique won the six furlong Ravenswood Handicap at Jamaica Race Course. He also finished third in the mile and one eighth Saranac Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

In his four-year-old season Don Enrique won the six furlong Patchogue Stakes at Gravesend Race Track on Coney Island, New York. He also finished second in the one mile and one eighth Brookdale Handicap also at Gravesend.


Pedigree of Don Enrique

br. 1893


ch. 1876

Australian West Australian
Aerolite Lexington

bay 1885

Tomahawk King Tom
Manna Brown Bred
Bella Donna

bay 1885


ch. 1864

Newminster Touchstone
Seclusion Tadmor
Miss Sellen
Bonnie Doon

bay 1870

Rapid Rhone Young Melbourne
Lanercost Mare
Queen Mary Gladiator
Plenipotentiary Mare


  1. ^ Staff (April 16, 1915). "Horses that have been recently retired from racing". Daily Racing Form. Triangle Publications. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Don Enrique Horse Pedigree". Pedigree Online Thoroughbred Database. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  3. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1907 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01.
  4. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1907 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01.
  5. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1907 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01.