Hula Dancer

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Hula Dancer
Sire Native Dancer
Grandsire Polynesian
Dam Flash On
Damsire Ambrose Light
Sex Filly
Foaled 1960
Country United States
Colour Grey
Breeder Gertrude T. Widener
Owner Gertrude T. Widener
Trainer Etienne Pollet
Record 8: 7-0-0
Earnings 168,912 pounds
Major wins

Prix de la Salamandre (1962)
Grand Critérium (1962)
Prix Imprudence (1963)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1963)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1963)
Champion Stakes (1963)

British Classic Race wins:
1,000 Guineas (1963)
Prix Hula Dancer at Fontainebleau Racecourse
Last updated on August 1, 2007

Hula Dancer (foaled 1960 in Kentucky) was an American-bred French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse.


Hula Dancer was a grey mare sired by Native Dancer. Owner Gertrude Widener raced Ambrose Light in France and brought him to the United States to stand at stud where he sired Hula Dancer's dam, Flash On.

Gertrude Widener sent Hula Dancer to trainer Etienne Pollet at his stables at Chantilly Racecourse in France.

Racing career[edit]

Racing as a two-year-old in 1962, she defeated colts while winning the Prix de la Salamandre and the Grand Critérium, two of France's most important races for her age group.

At age three, Hula Dancer raced both in France and in England where she again defeated colts on a regular basis as well as older horses in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. The highlight of her 1963 racing campaign was a victory in the British Classic, the 1,000 Guineas.

Hula Dancer was the first racehorse of her sex to win over 100,000 pounds in Europe. The quality of horses she beat is evidenced by the fact that every one of her six conditions race wins are now Group 1 events.

Breeding record[edit]

Hula Dancer was retired to broodmare duty in France. In 1968, Raymond Guest paid a European auction record price of 1.02 million French francs for her. She was shipped to the United States in 1970. Hula Dancer met with limited success as a broodmare.