Elocutionist (horse)

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Sire Gallant Romeo
Grandsire Gallant Man
Dam Strictly Speaking
Damsire Fleet Nasrullah
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1973
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Pin Oak Stud
Owner Eugene C. Cashman
Trainer Paul T. Adwell
Record 12: 9-1-2
Earnings US$343,150
Major wins

Hawthorne Juvenile Stakes (1975)
Forerunner Stakes (1976)
Arkansas Derby (1976)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1976)

Elocutionist (1973–1995) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series.


Bred by Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud and foaled at her Versailles, Kentucky farm, Elocutionist was sired by multiple stakes winner Gallant Romeo, a son of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Gallant Man. He was out of the mare Strictly Speaking, whose sire was the very fast Fleet Nasrullah, a multiple stakes winner who broke two track records.

Elocutionist was purchased at the July 1974 Fasig-Tipton yearling sale in Lexington, Kentucky by Gene Cashman, a Chicago native who made a fortune as a commodities trader, which afforded him the opportunity to establish a large Thoroughbred racing stable. At the auction, Cashman and his trainer, Paul Adwell, narrowed their selection to two yearling colts they liked. However, unable to decide which one to buy, they flipped a coin, and Elocutionist wound up being the one Cashman bought.

1975: two-year-old season[edit]

A late bloomer, Elocutionist made his first start on October 13, 1975. The two-year-old's racing debut was a winning one, and he won all four of his ensuing starts that year including the 49th running of the Hawthorne Juvenile Stakes at Chicago's Hawthorne Race Course.

1976: three-year-old season[edit]

At age three in 1976, Elocutionist began the year with a third and a second in his first two outings, then won three races in a row including the Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland and the April 3 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. His performances earned him entry into the first of the Triple Crown races, a first for his owner, his trainer, and for his jockey, John Lively. The colt ran third in the Kentucky Derby behind winner Bold Forbes, who had been the yearling Cashman and Adwell did not buy at the auction as a result of the coin toss. However, Elocutionist came back to win the Preakness Stakes by three and a half lengths, beating runnerup Play The Red and Bold Forbes, who finished third.

Elocutionist was cheduled to run in the third leg of the Triple Crown. However, a week before the race, Paul Adwell announced the colt had suffered an injury to his right foreleg and would not run in the Belmont Stakes. Elocutionist never recovered from his injury and on September 8, owner Cashman announced that the horse was being retired and would be syndicated to stud.

During a career that spanned seven months, Elocutionist finished on the board in all twelve of his starts, winning nine, running second once, and taking third in the remaining two.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud duty, Elocutionist met with modest success as a sire. The best of his progeny was Demons Begone, who won the 1987 Arkansas Derby for Loblolly Stable. He was the heavy favorite going into the Kentucky Derby but began bleeding profusely during the race and had to be pulled up. Through his daughter Haute Authorite, Elocutionist is the damsire of 1993 American Horse of the Year Kotashaan.


Pedigree of Elocutionist
Gallant Romeo

bay 1961

Gallant Man

bay 1954

Migoli Bois Roussel
Mah Iran
Majideh Mahmoud
Juliet's Nurse

brown 1948

Count Fleet Reigh Count
Nursemaid Luke McLuke
Wonderful One
Strickly Speaking

bay 1967

Fleet Nasrullah

bay 1955

Nasrullah Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Happy Go Fleet Count Fleet
Believe Me

bay 1954

Alibhai Hyperion
Up the Hill Jacopo
Gentle Tryst
  • Elocutionist was inbred 3 × 4 to Count Fleet, meaning that this stallion appears in both the third and fourth generations of his pedigree.