First Samurai

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First Samurai
SireGiant's Causeway
GrandsireStorm Cat
DamFreddie Frisson
DamsireDixieland Band
SexStallion
Foaled2003
CountryUnited States
ColourChestnut
BreederJohn D. Gunther
OwnerBruce Lunsford Tom Hansen, Tom Morris & Lansdon B. Robbins III
TrainerFrank L. Brothers
Record8: 5-1-1
Earnings$915,075
Major wins
Hopeful Stakes (2005)
Champagne Stakes (2005)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (2006)
Last updated on August 7, 2019

First Samurai is a thoroughbred race horse born February 2, 2003. He was a contender for the Triple Crown in 2006, but after a starting gate incident contributed to his defeat in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes he was ruled unlikely to race in the Kentucky Derby.[citation needed] Two weeks after the race, First Samurai was diagnosed with two broken ribs following an ultrasound. He was not entered in the Kentucky Derby, with his injury cited as the reason. The Blue Grass ultimately proved to be his final race.

Connections[edit]

First Samurai is owned by Bruce Lunsford Tom Hansen, Tom Morris & Raymond Coudriet and is trained by Frank Brothers. He has been ridden by Pat Day and Jerry Bailey, both jockeys now retired, and the still racing Edgar Prado. First Samurai was bred in Kentucky by John D. Gunther.

Races[edit]

Finish Race Distance Track Condition
5th Blue Grass Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Keeneland Race Course Fast
1st (by disqualification) Fountain of Youth Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Gulfstream Park Fast
2nd Hutcheson Stakes Seven and One-Half Furlongs Gulfstream Park Sloppy
3rd Breeders' Cup Juvenile One and One-Sixteenth Miles Belmont Park Fast
1st Champagne Stakes One Mile Belmont Park Sloppy (Sealed)
1st Hopeful Stakes Seven Furlongs Saratoga Race Course Fast
1st Allowance Six Furlongs Saratoga Race Course Fast
1st Maiden Six Furlongs Churchill Downs Fast

In his career, cut short by injury, he started 8 times, winning 5, placing in 1, showing in 1, with total earnings of $915,075

Stud career[edit]

First Samurai stands at stud at the Hancock Family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. His starting fee in 2007 was $40,000 and stood alongside Claiborne's other stallions, which included Pulpit, Seeking the Gold, During, Eddington, and Strong Hope.

First Samurai's descendants include:[1]

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2009 Lea c Donn Handicap, Hal's Hope Stakes
2008 Justin Phillip c Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Count Fleet Sprint Handicap
2009 Last Gunfighter c Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap, Philip H. Iselin Stakes, Pimlico Special
2009 Northern Passion c Natalma Stakes
2010 Executiveprivilege c Chandelier Stakes, Del Mar Debutante Stakes
2011 Stacked Deck c Kennedy Road Stakes, Bold Venture Stakes
2014 Sharp Samurai c City of Hope Mile Stakes, Twilight Derby, Del Mar Derby
2014 Miss Sky Warrior f Gazelle Stakes, Davona Dale Stakes, Demoiselle Stakes
2016 Cutting Humor c Sunland Derby

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of First Samurai(USA),2003[2]
Sire
Giant's Causeway(USA)
1997
Storm Cat (USA)
1983
Storm Bird Northern Dancer
South Ocean
Terlingua Secretariat
Crimson Saint
Mariah's Storm (USA)
1991
Rahy Blushing Groom
Glorious Song
Immense Roberto
Imsodear
Dam
Freddie Frisson (USA)
1993
Dixieland Band (USA)
1980
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Mississippi Mud Delta Judge
Sand Buggy
Frisson (USA)
1988
Fappiano Mr. Prospector
Killaloe
Mavera Reviewer
Miz Spock

References[edit]

  • ^ "First Samurai". Racingpost. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  • ^ "First Samurai". Equibase. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2019-08-07.