Dr. Freeland

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Dr. Freeland
Sire Light Brigade
Grandsire Picton
Dam Toddle
Damsire Celt
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1926
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Walter J. Salmon, Sr.
Owner 1) Walter J. Salmon, Sr.
2) Bennet Creech (11/1931)
Trainer Thomas J. Healey
Record 139: 25-15-25
Earnings US$152,335
Major wins

Whirl Stakes (1928)
Nursery Handicap (1928)
Glen Echo Purse (1930)
Baltimore Handicap (1931)
Yorktown Handicap (1931)
Southern Maryland Handicap (1931)
New Year's Claiming Handicap (1932)
San Diego Handicap (1932)

Triple Crown wins:
Preakness Stakes (1929)

Dr. Freeland (foaled 1926) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for his win in the Preakness Stakes, the then first leg of the 1929 United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.[1] He was named for Dr. John Freeland, a prominent New York City banker.[2]

Trained by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inducteeThomas J. Healey,[3] Dr. Freeland was bred and raced by Walter J. Salmon, Sr., a major New York City real estate developer and owner of Mereworth Farm near Lexington, Kentucky whom Bloodhorse magazine called "one of the leading breeder/owners of the 20th century " [1]. It was Salmon's third win of the prestigious race having won it in 1923 with Vigil and in 1926 with Display.

The 1929 Preakness Stakes was run on May 11 with the Kentucky Derby the following Saturday. After Dr. Freeland's win, his owner decided not to run him in the Derby but instead to rest him for the June 29th Belmont Stakes.[4][5] At a mile and a half, the Belmont proved too much for Dr. Freeland and he finished eighth and last.[6]

On November 29, 1931, Walter Salmon sold Dr. Freeland to Bennet Creech.[7] Dr. Freeland raced into 1935, winning several other minor and mid-level races.


Pedigree of Dr. Freeland
Light Brigade

brown 1910


ch. 1903

Orvieto Bend Or
Hecuba Isonomy
Helen of Troy
Bridge of Sighs

bay 1905

Isinglass Isonomy
Dead Lock
Saint Brigida St. Simon

ch. 1919


ch. 1905

Commando Domino
Emma C.
Maid of Erin Amphion
Fox Trot

ch. 1914

Star Shoot Isinglass
Passan Hamburg