Grey Dawn II

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Grey Dawn
BreederGertrude T. Widener
OwnerGertrude T. Widener
Trainer1) Etienne Pollet (France)
2) Horatio Luro (USA)
Record22: 8-4-1[1]
EarningsUS$201,620 (equivalent)
Major wins
Prix de la Salamandre (1964)
Prix Morny (1964)
Grand Critérium (1964)
Prix de Fontainebleau (1965)
Brandywine Turf Handicap (1966)
French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1964)
Leading broodmare sire in North America (1990)

Grey Dawn (1962–1991) was a French Thoroughbred Champion racehorse who was the only horse ever to beat Sea-Bird.[2]


Grey Dawn was bred and raced by American Gertrude Widener, a member by marriage of the prominent racing Widener family. She maintained homes and racing stables in New York City and Paris. Grey Dawn was trained by Etienne Pollet.

Racing career[edit]

In 1964, Grey Dawn defeated Sea-Bird in the Grand Critérium. He also won the Prix de la Salamandre and Prix Morny to earn French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors.

At age three, Grey Dawn won the Prix de Fontainebleau and ran second in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas). In 1966, he was sent to race in the United States, where he was required to be registered as Grey Dawn II. Under trainer Horatio Luro, Grey Dawn won a division of the Brandywine Turf Handicap at Delaware Park Racetrack[3] and was third in the Tidal Handicap.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud at Domino Stud Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, Grey Dawn was a successful sire of seventy-three stakes winners. The broodmare sire of more than one hundred and twenty-five stakes winners, he was the 1990 Leading broodmare sire in North America.

Grey Dawn was the sire of:

Grey Dawn was the damsire of:

Grey Dawn died in 1991 at age twenty-nine when he was still active in the breeding shed. He was buried in the equine cemetery at Domino Stud Farm.[4]