High Quest

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High Quest
Sire Sir Gallahad III
Grandsire Teddy
Dam Etoile Filante
Damsire Fair Play
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1931
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder Marshall Field III
Owner Brookmeade Stable
Trainer Robert A. Smith
Record 13: 6-3-1
Earnings $52,190
Major wins

Eastern Shore Handicap (1933)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1934)

American Classic wins:
Preakness Stakes (1934)
Last updated on December 20, 2006

High Quest (1931–1948) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1934 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series of races.


Sir Gallahad III, the sire of High Quest, had been purchased in 1926 from his owner in France by an American breeding syndicate made up of Robert A. Fairbairn, William Woodward, Sr., Arthur B. Hancock, and High Quest's breeder, Marshall Field III.

Bob Smith, a trainer with a history of spotting talent, had been hired by heiress Isabel Dodge Sloane to stock her newly formed Brookmeade Stable. Smith purchased High Quest for $3,500 at the Saratoga Yearling Sales and that same year bought Time Clock for $700 and Cavalcade for $1,200. Time Clock won the Flamingo Stakes in 1934 while Cavalcade won the Kentucky Derby, Horse of the Year honors, and was later inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Racing career[edit]

Racing at age two, High Quest won an allowance race at Saratoga Race Course, defeating future Hall of Famer Discovery. In the prestigious Hopeful Stakes for two-year-olds, he again defeated Discovery but finished second to a filly named Bazaar. In the Eastern Shore Handicap at Havre de Grace Racetrack in Maryland, High Quest beat Discovery for the third time as well as stablemate Cavalcade.

In 1934, en route to the U.S. Triple Crown races, the three-year-old High Quest won the important Wood Memorial Stakes. His stablemates Cavalcade and Time Clock were entered in the Kentucky Derby, finishing first and seventh respectively. High Quest then replaced Time Clock in the Preakness Stakes and under California jockey Bobby Jones scored the most important win of his career by defeating stablemate Cavalcade by a nose.[1]

Despite sustaining an injury in the Withers Stakes,[2] High Quest competed in the third leg of the Triple Crown series, finishing second in the Belmont Stakes to the Joseph E. Widener colt Peace Chance. An injury shortly before the Arlington Classic ruled him out for the rest of the year[3] and he did not race again.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud duty, unlike his prominent father, High Quest was less than successful in producing stakes winners with 1946 Santa Anita Handicap winner War Knight probably the best of the lot.


Pedigree of High Quest
Sir Gallahad

bay 1920


bay 1913

Ajax Flying Fox
Rondeau Bay Ronald
Plucky Liege

bay 1912

Spearmint Carbine
Maid of the Mint
Concertina St. Simon
Comic Song
Etoile Filante

ch. 1918

Fair Play

ch. 1905

Hastings Spendthrift
Fairy Gold Bend Or
Dame Masham
Chit Chat

bay 1913

Rock Sand Sainfoin
Chinkara Galopin