In Reality

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In Reality
DamMy Dear Girl
DamsireRough'n Tumble
Foaled(1964-03-01)March 1, 1964
DiedMay 8, 1989(1989-05-08) (aged 25)
CountryUnited States
BreederFrances A. Genter
OwnerFrances A. Genter
TrainerMelvin Calvert
Record27: 14-9-2
Major wins
Pimlico Futurity (1966)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1967)
Florida Derby (1967)
Jersey Derby (1967)
Rumson handicap (1967)
Hibiscus Stakes (1967)
Choice Stakes (1967)
Carter Handicap (1968)
John B. Campbell Handicap (1968)
Metropolitan Handicap (1968) American Classic Race placing:
Preakness Stakes 2nd (1967)
In Reality Stakes at Calder Race Course
Last updated on 8/9/2017

In Reality (March 1, 1964 – May 8, 1989)[1] was an American bred racehorse. Bred in Florida, he was a son of Intentionally and out of the mare My Dear Girl, the 1959 American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. His damsire was Santa Anita Derby winner Rough'n Tumble, who sired U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Fager.[2] In Reality is best remembered for his win in the Florida Derby and his runner-up performance in the Preakness Stakes to Eclipse Award Champion and millionaire Damascus.

Race career[edit]

In Reality started his stakes career with a second-place finish in the Cowdin Stakes to the young Dr. Fager and then ran second in the Sapling Stakes. He finished his two-year-old season with a run in the Pimlico Futurity, beating out that year's champion two-year-old, Successor, for the win.

In his three-year-old season, In Reality started the year with a win in the Hibiscus Stakes. In Reality then finished second in the Florida Breeders' Stakes and the Flamingo Stakes before he won the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby. He then moved on to the Preakness, where he finished second to Damascus. This effort was followed by wins in the Jersey Derby, Rumson Handicap and Choice Stakes.

In Reality next met up again with Damascus in the American Derby and came in second once more. Against Dr. Fager in the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Classic, he finished second again. In Reality made one more attempt at another stakes in the Jerome Handicap and again was second; after that, he laid off for the rest of the season.

In his four-year-old season, he finished third in both the Royal Palm and the Seminole Handicap. After taking a month off, he won the John B. Campbell Handicap, Carter Handicap, and Metropolitan Handicap. In Reality retired soon after his win in the Metropolitan to stand at stud for Frances A. Genter in Florida.[3]

Stud career[edit]

In Reality was bred and raced by Frances A. Genter and became an outstanding sire of three Champions and a good sire of sires. In Reality's male line remains one of the only male lines directly descended from Man O' War.[4]

In Reality is the sire of:

In Reality is also the damsire of:


Pedigree of In Reality, bay stallion, foaled March 1, 1964[5]
black 1956
ch. 1948
War Relic
ch. 1938
Man o' War
Friar's Carse
Liz F.
ch. 1933
Bubbling Over
My Recipe
b. 1947
ch. 1931
dkb/br. 1934
My Dear Girl
chestnut 1957
Rough'n Tumble
b. 1948
Free For All
dkb/br. 1942
b. 1943
Bull Dog
Rude Awakening
b. 1947
War Relic
ch. 1938
Man o' War
Friar's Carse
We Hail
dkb/br. 1942
Clonaslee (Family 21-a)

In Reality is inbred 3x3 to War Relic, meaning War Relic appears twice in the third generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ "In Reality (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  2. ^ Pedigree
  3. ^ In Reality Race Career
  4. ^ "In Reality: Progeny". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ "In Reality pedigree". Retrieved 2017-08-10.

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