Flares (horse)

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SireGallant Fox
GrandsireSir Gallahad III
CountryUnited States
BreederBelair Stud
OwnerWilliam Woodward, Sr.
TrainerCecil Boyd-Rochfort
Record20: 8-?-?
Major wins
Newmarket Stakes (1936)
Champion Stakes (1937)
Lowther Stakes (1937)
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1937)
Ascot Gold Cup (1938)

Flares (foaled 1933 in Maryland) was an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse owned, bred, and raced by the preeminent horseman in the United States, William Woodward, Sr. Flares was out of the racemare Flambino, winner of the 1927 Gazelle Stakes. His sire was the great Gallant Fox, the 1930 U.S. Triple Crown winner and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee.

Flares was a full brother to Woodward's 1935 U.S. Triple Crown champion, Omaha. Determined to win England's most prestigious weight-for-age race, the Ascot Gold Cup, in 1936 Woodward sent the then four-year-old Omaha to compete in England, where he ran second in the Ascot Gold Cup.

When Flares was a yearling in 1934, Woodward shipped him to trainer Cecil Boyd-Rochfort at his base in Newmarket, England. Racing at age three, in mid-May 1936 Flares won the Newmarket Stakes.[1] In 1937, he had an outstanding year as a four-year-old. At Newmarket Racecourse, he won the mile and a half Princess of Wales's Stakes,[2] the Champion Stakes at a mile and a quarter,[3] and the Lowther Stakes at a mile and three quarters.[4]

In 1938, Flares was entered in the Ascot Gold Cup and was sent off by bettors as a 100 to 7 longshot. However, he became the first American horse since Foxhall in 1882 to win the prestigious two and a half mile race and gave William Woodward his first-ever victory in the event.[5]

Stud record[edit]

Immediately after his Gold Cup win, Flares was brought back to stand at stud in the United States. The October 14, 1938, issue of the Los Angeles Times reported he would stand for a fee of US$1,000. [1]

Flares sired a number of race winners, including:


Pedigree of Flares
Gallant Fox
Sir Gallahad III Teddy Ajax
Plucky Liege Spearmint
Marguerite Celt Commando
Maid of Erin
Fairy Ray Radium
Wrack Robert Le Diable Ayrshire
Rose Bay
Samphire Isinglass
Flambette Durbar Rabelais
La Flambee Ajax


  1. ^ "NEWMARKET RACE IS WON BY FLARES; Woodward Horse, Full Brother to Omaha, Beats Fearless Fox by Margin of Head. WINNER HELD AT 100-7. Lord Carnarvon's His Grace Is Third Over Mile and a Quarter Route". The New York Times. 14 May 1936.
  2. ^ "FLARES WINS IN ENGLAND; Woodward's Entry Is Victor In the Princess of Wales Stakes". The New York Times. 2 July 1937.
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rRE1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=uKULAAAAIBAJ&pg=3223,5028934&dq=flares+champion+stakes&hl=en[dead link]
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oxE1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=uKULAAAAIBAJ&pg=5616,2602817&dq=flares+lowther+stakes+newmarket&hl=en[dead link]
  5. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.