Fair Play (horse)

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Fair Play
Fair Play.jpg
Fair Play in 1908
Sire Hastings
Grandsire Spendthrift
Dam Fairy Gold
Damsire Bend Or
Sex Stallion
Foaled April 1, 1905
Died December 17, 1929(1929-12-17) (aged 24)
Elmendorf Farm
Lexington, Kentucky
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder August Belmont, Jr.
Owner August Belmont, Jr.
Trainer A. Jack Joyner
Record 32: 10-11-3
Earnings $86,950
Major wins
Flash Stakes (1907)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1908)
Jerome Handicap (1908)
Brooklyn Derby (1908)
Leading sire in North America
(1920, 1924, 1927)
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1931, 1934, 1938)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1956)
Life-size statue at Elmendorf Farm

Fair Play (April 1, 1905 – December 17, 1929) was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse that was successful on the track, but even more so as a sire.

His grandsire was Spendthrift, whose grandsire was the English Triple Crown champion West Australian.

While successful on the track until an injury cut short his racing career, Fair Play gained his most fame as a sire. Among his better progeny were:

Following the death of owner August Belmont, Jr., in 1924, Fair Play was sold to Joseph E. Widener, proprietor of Elmendorf Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where he remained until his death on December 17, 1929. Widener, a dedicated horseman, buried Fair Play in the Elmendorf Farm cemetery and erected a nearly life-size bronze statue at the head of his grave. Fairplay is in the ancestral lineage of Man o' War, Secretariat, and American Pharoah.

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