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This article is about the thoroughbred horse. For the ballet character, see The Nutcracker. For the character from Hoffman's story, see The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. For the anime character, see Princess Tutu.
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2010 Belmont Stakes
Sire Distorted Humor
Grandsire Forty Niner
Dam Golden Ballet
Damsire Moscow Ballet
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2007
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Aaron & Marie Jones
Owner WinStar Farm LLC
Trainer William I. Mott
Record 14: 6-3-2 (ongoing)
Earnings US$ 5,843,170
Major wins
Belmont Stakes (2010)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2011)
NTRA "Moment of the Year"

Drosselmeyer (foaled April 1, 2007, in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the third leg of the 2010 U.S. Triple Crown series and the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic.


Drosselmeyer was sired by multiple stakes winner Distorted Humor. His dam was Golden Ballet, a multiple Grade 1 winner and a California Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. Damsire Moscow Ballet was a son of 1971 English Triple Crown champion Nijinsky. Drosselmeyer was named for a character from The Nutcracker ballet. The colt was purchased at the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $600,000 by WinStar Farm LLC of Versailles, Kentucky, who entrusted his race conditioning to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

Racing career[edit]

Drosselmeyer raced four times at age two, earning his first win on November 18 in his final start of 2009. In the important stakes races for three-year-olds leading up to the 2010 Kentucky Derby, the colt ran third in the Louisiana Derby. But his earnings from that, combined with those from his other three starts, were not sufficient to qualify for the Derby.

On May 8, Drosselmeyer finished second in the Dwyer Stakes, six lengths behind the winner, Fly Down.[1] He then went off at odds of 13-1 in the third leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Belmont Stakes. Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Drosselmeyer won the race, giving Smith his first win in the Belmont and trainer Bill Mott his first ever Triple Crown race win.[2]

Drosselmeyer was unplaced in the Challenge and Skip Away Stakes after the Belmont, but he won the 2011 One Count Stakes on May 15, 2011.[3]

On November 5, 2011, Drosselmeyer (again ridden by Mike Smith) won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, passing Game On Dude in the final strides of the race.


Pedigree of Drosselmeyer
Distorted Humor
Forty Niner Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
File Tom Rolfe
Danzig's Beauty Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas De Nom
Sweetest Chant Mr. Leader
Gay Sonnet
Golden Ballet
Moscow Ballet Nijinsky Northern Dancer
Flaming Page
Millicent Cornish Prince
Milan Mill
Golden Jewel Box Slew o' Gold Seattle Slew
Miss Storm Bird Storm Bird
Sun Lover (Family 10-d)[4]


  1. ^ ESPN report on the Dwyer Stakes
  2. ^ USA TODAY - June 5, 2010
  3. ^ Shinar, Jack. "Drosselmeyer Wins in Return to Belmont Park". Bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Braxey - Family 10-d". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved June 18, 2015.