Grand Slam (horse)

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Grand Slam
Sire Gone West
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam Bright Candles
Damsire El Gran Senor
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1995
Died March 31, 2012
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder Overbrook Farm
Owner Robert & Christina Baker, William Mack, David Cornstein, Michael Tabor, John Magnier
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas
Record 15: 4-5-2
Earnings $901,292
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1997)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1997)
Peter Pan Stakes (1998)
Last updated on December 3, 2007

Grand Slam (foaled 1995 in Kentucky, died March 31, 2012)[1] was an American thoroughbred racehorse.


Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the dark bay son of Gone West was purchased at the September 1996 Keeneland Sales as a yearling for $300,000 by Robert & Christina Baker, William Mack and David Cornstein.

Grand Slam was sired by Gone West and out of Bright Candles.

David Cornstein's wife Sheila named the colt after a bridge hand in which all 13 tricks are taken.[2] In 1997 Coolmore Stud purchased half of the colt for $500,000.

Racing career[edit]

1997: two-year-old season[edit]

A two-time Grade I winner as a juvenile, all four of the colt's career wins came over the dirt at Belmont Park.[3]

At age two, the colt won the Belmont Futurity Stakes in September and Champagne Stakes in October, both Grade I races. Then in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November at Hollywood Park, he suffered a cut in his left hind leg going into the first turn and did not finish the race. He would end up missing four months of racing while recovering from his injury.[4]

1998: three-year-old season[edit]

His first start back from injury was at Santa Anita in the San Pedro Stakes where he finished sixth. A month later he finished third in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and in May he won the Peter Pan Stakes.

The colt failed to win another race in his career, although after a 7th-place finish in the Belmont Stakes[5] he managed a third-place finish in the Haskell Invitational as well as second-place finishes in the Swaps Stakes, Jerome Handicap, and 1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.[6]

Stud record[edit]

The colt was retired to stud in after his 3-year-old campaign to Coolmore's Ashford Stud, his 2008 fee is $35,000. His progeny include Limehouse and 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat.