Holiday (horse)

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Holiday
Sire Broomstick
Grandsire Ben Brush
Dam Leisure
Damsire Meddler
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1911
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Harry P. Whitney
Owner Mrs. A. Barklie
Trainer J. Simon Healy
Major wins

Williamsbridge Handicap (1912)

Triple Crown Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1911)

Holiday (foaled in 1911) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1914 Preakness Stakes. Owned by Mrs. A. Barklie, he was sired by Broomstick. Holiday was out of the mare Leisure, a daughter of Meddler.[1]

Early racing career[edit]

Holiday was a slow developing horse that took four attempts to break his maiden in New York. Late in his two-year-old season he placed second in the Greenfield Stakes at Gravesend Race Track on Coney Island in south Brooklyn, New York.

Preakness Stakes[edit]

Holiday, described as "a good-looking little bay gelding"[2] will best be remembered for his win in the $2,500 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, May 21, 1914.

Holiday went off as the second longest shot at 9-2 in the field of six three-year-olds. In that race Holiday led from the start and led passing the stands for the first time clocking the first quarter in :23-2/5.[3] He continued a very fast pace around the club house turn and down the back stretch recording fractions of :48-2/5 and 1:13-2/5.

Coming into the home stretch his three length lead diminished to a single length.[4] Holiday was tiring badly but held on to win by 3/4 of length from second choice Brave Cunarder with another 1-1/2 lengths back to Defendum for third. Holiday finished the classic in a final time of 1:58 flat under jockey Andy Schuttinger for the one and one eighth mile race.[5]

Holiday was the last gelding to win the race until Prairie Bayou won in 1993.[6]

Late racing career[edit]

Later in his three-year-old season Holiday won the Williamsbridge Handicap at Morris Park Racecourse in Westchester County, New York. In the early part of his four-year-old season Holiday was wintered at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his stay at Fair Grounds he won an allowance race and placed second in the Thanksgiving Handicap.

Breeding[edit]

Pedigree of Holiday
Sire
Broomstick

bay 1901

Ben Brush

bay 1893

Bramble Bonnie Scotland
Ivy Leaf
Roseville Reform
Albia
Elf

ch. 1893

Galliard Galopin
Mavis
Sylvabelle Bend Or
Saint Editha
Dam
Leisure

ch. 1900

Meddler

bay 1890

St. Gatien The Rover
Saint Editha
Busybody Petrarch
Spinaway
Yorkville Belle

ch. 1889

Miser Australian
Aerolite
Thora Long Fellow
Susan Ann

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holiday pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Preakness To Holiday". Baltimore Sun. 1914-05-22. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1913 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1913 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1913 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Prairie Bayou Applies Right Touch at Last". Los Angeles Times. 1993-05-14. Retrieved 2012-08-05.