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Sire Vandale
Grandsire Plassy
Dam Flagette
Damsire Escamillo
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1956
Country France
Colour Bay
Breeder M.L. Bara
Owner Simone Del Duca
Trainer Pierre Pelat
Record 8: 6-1-0
Earnings 850,510
Major wins
Prix Seraphine (1958)
Prix Greffulhe (1959)
Prix Hocquart (1959)
Prix du Jockey Club (1959)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1959)
Prix du Prince d'Orange (1959)
Timeform rating: 136
Last updated on 5 January 2010

Herbager (1956–1976) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse and an influential sire in both France and the United States.


Herbager was sired by Vandale, a stayer who won the 1946 Prix du Conseil Municipal and whom Herbager helped make the 1959 Leading sire in France. His dam was Flagette (by Escamillo), who was inbred to St. Leger winner Firdaussi (3m x 3f).

During his racing career he was owned by Simone Del Duca and trained by Pierre Pelat,

Racing career[edit]

Herbager made two starts at age two, finishing second once and winning the Prix Seraphine. At age three, he was the best colt in his age group in France, winning important races including the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the Classic French Derby [1] in which he earned a Timeform rating of 136. In the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he sustained a serious leg injury but finished only two lengths from the winner. This injury ended his racing career.[1]

Stud record[edit]

Herbager was retired to stud for the 1960 season in France and in December 1964 was sold for US$700,000 to the prominent Kentucky breeder, Bull Hancock. Hancock then syndicated Herbager to various clients of his Claiborne Farm. [2] At Claiborne Farm, the horse sired sixty-four stakes winners and became a major stamina influence.

Major winners[edit]

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
1962 Grey Dawn c Grand Critérium, Prix de la Salamandre, Prix Morny. Leading broodmare sire in North America
1963 Appiani c Derby Italiano, sire of Star Appeal
1963 Sea Hawk c Critérium de Saint-Cloud, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, sire of Bruni
1966 Dike c Breeders' Futurity Stakes, Wood Memorial Stakes
1967 Loud c Travers Stakes
1968 Gleaming c Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap
1969 Big Spruce c San Luis Rey Handicap, Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap
1970 Bag of Tunes f Kentucky Oaks
1972 Yamanin c Widener Handicap
1974 Our Mims f Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama Stakes
1974 Tiller g San Juan Capistrano, Tidal Handicap, Sword Dancer Handicap
1976 Anifa f Turf Classic Handicap
1977 Field Cat c Pan American Handicap

Damsire: Some of Herbager's daughters who produced foals that went on to racing success include:

Herbager died on 25 March 1976 at the age of twenty at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky and is buried in their Marchmont Farm division's equine cemetery.


  1. ^ Ahnert (editor in chief), Rainer L. (1970). Thoroughbred Breeding of the World. Germany: Pozdun Publishing. p. 253.