His Majesty (horse)

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His Majesty
Sire Ribot
Grandsire Tenerani
Dam Flower Bowl
Damsire Alibhai
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1968
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder John W. Galbreath
Owner Darby Dan Farm
Trainer Lou Rondinello
Record 22: 5-6-3
Earnings US$99,430[1]
Major wins
Everglades Stakes (1971)
Leading sire in North America (1982)
Last updated on January 23, 2010

His Majesty (April 17, 1968 – 1995) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and Champion sire.


His Majesty was bred by John W. Galbreath and raced under the colors of his Darby Dan Farm. A full brother to Graustark, His Majesty was a son of the undefeated superstar European runner and three-time Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland, Ribot. His dam was the excellent runner and outstanding broodmare, Flower Bowl who hemorrhaged to death the morning after his birth. His Majesty was trained by Lou Rondinello.

Racing career[edit]

1971: three-year-old season[edit]

At age three His Majesty started 1971 at Florida's Hialeah Park Race Track where he won two of his first three starts then recovered from being forced into the rail and stumbling badly to finish third in the Bahamas Stakes.[2] He then won what would be the only significant stakes race of his career under jockey Braulio Baeza, taking the February 17 Everglades Stakes.[3] Injured in the Flamingo Stakes in which he finished sixth, His Majesty underwent surgery for a broken bone in his right front ankle and was sidelined for nine months.[4]

1972: four-year-old season[edit]

Racing at age four, His Majesty finished second by a nose to stablemate Good Counsel in the March 25, 1972 Widener Handicap at Hialeah Park.[5] but was injured again while preparing for the May 30 Hawthorne Gold Cup and was out of racing for another five months. Returning to race at Hialeah Park in January 1973, His Majesty set a new track record of 1:46 2/5 for a mile and an eighth on dirt[6] but in the ensuing March 10, 1973 Donn Handicap he suffered a tendon injury that ended his racing career.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud duty at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, His Majesty became an influential sire of more than fifty stakes race winners as well as a prominent broodmare sire. Among his most notable progeny were:

Through his daughter, Razyana, His Majesty is the damsire of the outstanding international sire, Danehill.

His Majesty was the grandsire of the 1993 Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair and of the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, Go For Gin. He was also the damsire of:

His Majesty died at age 27 in September 1995 from the infirmities of old age.[7] He is buried in the Darby Dan Farm equine cemetery.[8]


Pedigree of His Majesty
Tenerani Bellini Cavaliere d'Arpino
Bella Minna
Tofanella Apelle
Try Try Again
Romanella El Greco Pharos
Gay Gamp
Barbara Burrini Papyrus
Flower Bowl
Alibhai Hyperion Gainsborough
Teresina Tracery
Blue Tit
Flower Bed Beau Pere Son-in-Law
Boudoir Mahmoud