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Sire Bull Lea
Grandsire Bull Dog
Dam Unerring
Damsire Insco
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1944
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder Calumet Farm
Owner Calumet Farm
Trainer Horace A. Jones
Record 46: 13-5-6
Earnings US$304,945
Major wins

Flamingo Stakes (1947)
Blue Grass Stakes (1947)
Derby Trial Stakes (1947)
Withers Stakes (1947)
Gallant Fox Handicap (1948)
Tropical Handicap (1949)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1947)

Faultless (foaled 1944 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1947 Preakness Stakes.


He was bred and raced by Calumet Farm. His dam, Unerring, was the 1939 American Co-Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. His sire was Calumet's preeminent stallion Bull Lea, who was the sire of seven U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductees. He was trained by the father/son team of Ben and Jimmy Jones, Faultless was ridden in most of his races by Douglas Dodson.

Racing career[edit]

At age two, Faultless did not win a major stakes race, but at age three, he won three important races leading up to the 1947 U.S. Triple Crown series. Despite this, in the Kentucky Derby he was sent off as the fifth choice by bettors behind heavily favored Phalanx. Faultless ran third in the Derby behind Phalanx and winner Jet Pilot. In the ensuing Preakness Stakes, Dodson guided the colt to a win over Jet Pilot, who finished fourth, and Phalanx, who finished third. In the Belmont Stakes, Phalanx bounced back to win the race with Faultless finishing fifth.

Faultless continued racing through age five, then entered stud in 1950. His offspring met with modest racing success.


Pedigree of Faultless
Bull Lea

brown 1935

Bull Dog

brown 1927

Teddy Ajax
Plucky Liege Spearmint
Rose Leaves

brown 1916

Ballot Voter
Colonial Trenton
Thankful Blossom

bay 1936


bay 1928

Sir Gallahad Teddy
Plucky Liege
Starflight Sunstar
Margaret Lawrence

brown 1921

Vulcain Rock Sand
Lady of the Vale
Bohemia Wagner